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.

Please Note: Information about 2023 Summer Sessions be posted in the Spring.

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)

2022 Session II Courses

BIB 5453: Babylonian Aramaic (3 credits)
Aaron Koller
[MTWR 8:30–10:30 a.m. ET on Zoom]

CDE 7813: Social Justice and Charity in Practical Halakhah (6 credits)
Eliezer Diamond
[MTWR 2:00–5:30 p.m. ET]
This is an advanced halakhah course. We will study the major institutions of Rabbinic social justice and charity as presented in Shulkhan Arukh, YD 247-259. We will also look at some of the commentators and selected references to the Talmud and earlier codes of Jewish law and custom. Faculty permission and advanced Hebrew and Aramaic are required to enroll.

EDU 5210D: Teaching and Learning Sacred Texts with Standards-Based Curriculum Design (3 credits)
Cindy Reich and Judith Shapiro
Explore how standards for Tanakh and Rabbinics serve as lenses for teaching sacred texts. Create a curricular unit for teaching biblical or rabbinic literature using outcome-based (backward) design and develop a repertoire of instructional strategies for engaging students in investigating texts and making meaning from them. This course is offered by the Standards and Benchmarks Leadership Team.

EDU 5241: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language: Grammar as a Means to an End (3 credits)
Hilla Kobliner
[June 26-July 7 MTWR 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. ET]
This course develops pedagogical skills for teaching Hebrew as a second language, with a focus on teaching grammar. We will examine the roles of grammatical knowledge in the development of learners’ comprehension and production skills in the various stages of language acquisition. We will develop in detail the linguistic insights we want our students to develop in syntax, morphology, and semantics, and then learn to design instructional units for various ages and levels with attention to the acquisition process of grammatical skills and linguistics awareness. A variety of exercises and activities will be presented, created, and assessed in terms of their contribution to learners’ progress and learning experience. Taught in Hebrew. Hebrew fluency is required. Interested students should email their CV with Hebrew language teaching experience, and a short statement of interest, written in Hebrew, to hebrew@jtsa.edu.

HEB 5201.1: Bet 1 (3 credits)
Oma Goldman
[MTWR 2:00–4:30 p.m. ET]
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 5201.2: 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. This course will be taught via Zoom.

HEB 5204: Gimel (3 credits)
Miriam Meir
[MTWR 2:00–4:30 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. This course will be taught via Zoom.

MID 5022: Introduction to Midrash (3 credits)
Benjamin Levy
[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.

TAL 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.

TAL 6630: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making (6 credits)
Mordy Schwartz
[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.

TAL 6640: Talmud Text Level C: Text and Context (Zoom) (3 credits)
Gordon Tucker
[TWR 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET]
An advanced course consisting of close readings of several sequential passages drawn from the Talmud Bavli. We will read the classical commentators on these passages, along with modern and contemporary works, attempt to wrestle with lower text critical issues, and subject each passage to a detailed higher analysis using a spectrum of lenses drawn from a range of scholarly fields. This course will be taught via Zoom. Faculty permission required to enroll.

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.

Deadlines

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 (2022)

ItemCost
3-Credit Hebrew Course$4,422
6-Credit Hebrew Course$5,904
3-Credit Course for Audit$612
6-Credit Course for Audit$1,224

Fees

Registration Fee$50 per session
Student Activities Fee$35 per session
Application Fee $60

Rates are subject to change.

Questions?

Feel free to contact us at summersessions@jtsa.edu.