Summer Session III

Summer Sessions III features graduate-level courses that are 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 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Session II and III courses meet three or four days every week, except for holidays. During Session III, JTS also offers summer Hebrew language courses.

2023 Dates: July 5 – August 3

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 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 II (for undergraduate and graduate students)

2023 Session III Courses

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 5203Z: Bet 2 (3 credits)
Sarah Hochfeld
[MTWR 2:00–4:30 p.m. ET on Zoom]
This intermediate-level course will bring students to the end of Hebrew from Scratch II (Ivrit min ha-hat-ala bet), supplementing the textbook with materials from level gimel books and other readings in Hebrew from various periods (e.g., adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat hashavua, midrash and biblical commentary). Students will learn new grammar topics, develop strategies for reading comprehension and word recognition, and practice conveying ideas and opinions in both speech and writing.

HEB 5206Z: Gimel 2 (3 credits)
Miriam Meir
MTWR 2:00–4:30 p.m. ET on Zoom]
A continuation of HEB 5205.

BIB 5013: Parshanut: Pentateuch with Rashi (3 credits)
Malka Edinger
[TWR 2:00-4:45 p.m. ET]
The course is methodologically oriented, designed to help students acquire and refine skills of close reading of the biblical text by integrating a modern literary approach with the study of Rashi and other traditional Jewish commentaries. Students will learn to identify the questions that have been asked for centuries, creating an ongoing dialogue with ancient, medieval, and contemporary close readers.

RLC 6621: Talmud Text Level A: Taking Hold of Talmud II (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET]
With the same skill focused goals of TAL 6111, students will explore a new range of sequential passages drawn from Bavli Berakhot or Seder Moed or Nashim. The religious dimension of these texts will again be discussed.

RLC 6631: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making II (6 credits)
Rachel Rosenthal
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET]
With the identical emphasis on competence and mastery as in TAL 6453, students will encounter a substantial number of different sequential passages drawn from Bavli Avodah Zarah. Time will once more 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. Application forms for 2022 Summer Sessions will be posted here in the spring.
  • 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.


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


Application Fee (non-JTS students only)$60 per session
Registration Fee (for each session)$50 per session
Student Activities Fee (for each session)$40 per session

Rates are subject to change.


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