Summer Session II

Summer Session II features graduate-level courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses are taught in English and provide a wide array of offerings in advanced Judaica for JTS students, students from other universities, and continuing learners. Each course earns three credits, unless otherwise noted. Session II and III courses meet three or four days every week, except for holidays. During Session II, JTS also offers summer Hebrew language courses.

Non-Credit Learning

Through the JTS Summer Learners program, you can enroll in any Session II or Session III courses, on a non-credit basis. The Summer Learners program also offers access to our summer Hebrew language courses.

More Summer Sessions

We also offer two other summer sessions, one for undergraduates only and a second session featuring graduate-level courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more about Summer Session I (for undergraduate students only)

Learn more about Summer Session III (for undergraduate and graduate students)

2023 Session II Courses

EDU 5757D: The Rhythms and Rituals of the Jewish Calendar for Jewish Educators (3 credits)
William Plevin

HEB 5001Z: Alef 1 (6 credits)
Orna Goldman and Nitza Krohn
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m. ET on Zoom]
The course covers the seven Introductory Units and Lessons 1–8 of Hebrew from Scratch, Vol. 1 (Ivrit min ha-hatḥala alef). It takes the student from learning the mechanics of reading and writing unpointed Hebrew to active mastery of 500 words; knowledge of the present tense and infinitive verb forms; reading and enactment of dialogues relating to everyday life; and reading comprehension of short descriptive, narrative, and informative texts. Additional course materials, daily assignments, and unit tests will be delivered and submitted via Canvas.

This course runs through Sessions II and III (10 weeks), May 30-August 3.

Note: Registration deadline for HEB 5001Z: Alef 1 is May 18.

HEB 5101Z: Alef 2 (6 credits)
Nina Nesher
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m. ET on Zoom]
This course, a direct continuation of Alef 1, brings students near the end of the first volume of Hebrew from Scratch A (Ivrit min ha-hatḥala alef) with the same emphasis on reading comprehension, as well as the development of communication skills. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and learn–-among other basic language forms–-the past tense. Additional readings will be assigned from the folktale anthology Sipur ve-od sipur.

This course runs through Sessions II and III (10 weeks), May 30-August 3.

HEB 5103Z: Alef 3 (6 credits)
Cila Allon
[TWR 2:00–4:45 p.m. ET on Zoom]
This course is designed to seamlessly follow Heb 1101 by building on comprehension and oral-aural skills previously acquired, and continue to develop vocabulary and grammar skills (including the future tense of verbs). The two volumes of Hebrew From Scratch (Ivrit min ha-hatḥala) are used as textbooks, supplemented by additional readings from a diversity of sources.

This course runs through Sessions II and III (10 weeks), May 30-August 3.

HEB 5201Z: Bet 1 (3 credits)
Ilona Ben-Moshe
[MTWR 2:00–4:30 p.m. ET on Zoom]

This course continues with the second volume of Hebrew from Scratch (Ivrit min ha-hathala bet). Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and advance their reading, writing, and conversational skills through reading and discussing additional texts of a variety of periods and genres (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat hashavua, midrash, and biblical commentary). In grammar, the study of the future tense and major prepositions begun in the previous semester will be concluded, and new topics in syntax and the verb system will be introduced.

HEB 5205Z: Gimel 1 (3 credits)
Miriam Meir
[MTWR 2:00–4:45 p.m. ET on Zoom]

A high intermediate-level Hebrew language course aiming to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Particular emphasis is placed on reading comprehension of informative and narrative texts in Hebrew of various periods, classical Hebrew grammar (phonology and the verb system), topics in syntax, vocabulary development, and dictionary usage skills.

RLC 5022: Introduction to Rabbinic Narrative (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:45 pm. ET]
A survey of the basic forms and methods of Midrash through close reading of various primary sources and secondary literature.

RLC 6620: Talmud Text Level A: Taking Hold of Talmud (6 credits)
Rachel Rosenthal
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET]
With a focus on building fundamental skills for reading the Bavli (developing student understanding of structure, technical terminology, basic concepts from Rabbinic culture, and Rabbinic languages), we will explore a range of sequential passages drawn from the Talmud Bavli. The religious dimension of these texts will also be discussed.

RLC 6630: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making (6 credits)
Eliezer Diamond
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET]
Aiming to develop independent competence in their reading of the Talmud Bavli, students will encounter a significant number of sequential Talmudic passages. The instructor will guide them toward mastery of their fundamental reading skills, while introducing some of the classical commentators on the Talmud, and also exposing them to some critical methods of study. Time will also be devoted to religious meaning.

Registration and Deadlines

For JTS Students

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

For All Other Students

  • Complete the Application Form for Non-JTS Students along with payment.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of a transcript indicating your enrollment at another college/university, acceptance letter to a college/university for incoming first-years, or proof of a bachelor’s degree.
  • The application fee must be submitted in full before your application form can be processed.


Note: the deadline for HEB5001Z registration is May 18.

Full payment of both tuition and fees must be made before the first day of class.

Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID when you visit JTS.

Note: If there is insufficient registration in any course, JTS reserves the right to cancel that course. Enrollment is limited, and we recommend that you submit the appropriate form as soon as you are able.

Tuition and Fees for Non-JTS Students

Note: Registration is closed after the second class. Tuition is not refundable after the second class.

Tuition (2023)

3-Credit Course (not including Hebrew)$4,590
3-Credit Hebrew Course$4,554
6-Credit Hebrew Course (JTS students)$5,802
6-Credit Hebrew Course (non-JTS students)$6,090
3-Credit Course for Audit$630
6-Credit Course for Audit$1,260


Registration Fee$50 per session
Student Activities Fee$40 per session
Application Fee $60

Rates are subject to change.


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