Session I: Online Mini-Semester

This is a unique learning experience in which students explore the riches of the Bible and rabbinic literature. Courses are given only at the undergraduate level and are open to students of JTS’s Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, as well as undergraduates enrolled at other universities. Outside students need to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew beyond the introductory level.

Enrollment in this intensive program is limited; students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the intensity of the courses, attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed one excused absence, as determined by the instructor. Classes meet six days a week, Sunday through Friday, and each course earns three credits.

Note: Summer 2022 courses and dates will be posted in the spring.

Session I Dates: April 30 – May 14, 2021

Session I Courses

Dr. Robert Harris
MID 3501/BIB 3501: Peshat and Derash: Two Lenses on Torah (3 credits)
[SMTWRF 2:30-5:10 p.m.]
A comparison of classical rabbinic exegesis and modern commentators on selected biblical texts. The course includes an analysis of the similarities and differences of these two different perspectives on identical passages. Prerequisite: HEB 2201 or equivalent.

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
TAL 1011: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (3 credits) 
[SMTWRF 11:00 a.m.–1:40 p.m.]
Tal 1011 will introduce students to the great works of rabbinic literature by focusing on a theme, such as Pesah or Shabbat. Students will analyze Talmudic texts which will then serve as a jumping off point for surveying the rest of the literary output of the rabbis in the first seven centuries of the common era (CE).

More JTS Summer Sessions 

In addition to our first summer session, we also offer two other summer sessions, featuring graduate-level courses that are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more about Summer Session II

Learn more about Summer Session III

Registration and Deadlines

For JTS Students

  • Current JTS students can register online by going to MyJTS.

For newly admitted List College students


Acceptance emails will be sent out beginning in late April, which will include registration information. Should you apply after April, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The cost of each course is $1,995 inclusive of all fees. Payment will be required in full upon enrollment.

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