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.
Please Note: Information about 2023 Summer Sessions be posted in the Spring.
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.
2022 Session III Courses
BIB 5013: Parshanut: Pentateuch with Rashi (3 credits)
[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.
CDE 7587: How We Study Jewish Law and Custom Now (6 credits)
[MTWR 2:00-5:30 p.m.]
Halakhah molded Jewish life, but was also molded by it. By following the details of halakhic argumentation in concrete and specific case studies, we will gain insight into the dynamics of this process. Using the work of a number of important thinkers and scholars we will see the unfolding of halakhic tradition through time and attempt to understand it. Cases will include alterations in the time of the evening service, the second day of festivals in the diaspora, the hybridization of citrons, the 16th century attempt to renew mosaic ordination, and the influence of kabbalah on Jewish practice.
EDU 5240: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language: Infinite Ways to Crack a Text (3 credits)
[July 11-21 MTWR 8:30–1:30 p.m. ET]
This course develops pedagogical skills for teaching Hebrew as a second language, with a focus on teaching reading comprehension. The course will attend to different genres of texts, developing strategies of understanding different texts, cultivating various thinking skills and creativity along with oral and written expression as well as planning an instructional unit, assessing outcomes, building linguistic awareness, and acquiring cultural knowledge and independence in learning. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEB 5203.1: Bet 2 (3 credits)
Ilona Ben Moshe
[MTWR 2:00-4:30 p.m. ET]
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 5203.2: Bet 2 (3 credits)
[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. This course will be taught via Zoom.
HEB 5300: Advanced Hebrew Skills (3 credits)
[MTWR 2:00-4:30 p.m. ET on Zoom]
This advanced-level Hebrew language course, for students who completed level gimel, aims to further develop Hebrew comprehension, conversation, reading and writing skills. Readings include Hebrew texts of diverse genres, registers and periods, including classical texts. Grammatical topics include a systematic integrated study of the binyanim system and a variety of advanced topics in syntax. This course will be taught via Zoom.
TAL 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.
TAL 6631: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making II (6 credits)
[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.
TAL 6641: Talmud Text Level C: The Bavli and Geonim (3 credits)
[TWR 10:30-12:30 a.m. ET on Zoom]
Sharing the critical and synthetic objectives of TAL 6455, we will subject several fresh passages to close reading and analysis. In this case we will pay special attention to Geonic writings on the Talmud. Students will also be introduced to several works, including the Halakhot Gedolot and the Sheiltot of Rav Ahai Geon, and learn to use B. M. Lewin’s Otzar Ha-geonim. This course will be taught via Zoom. Faculty permission required to register.
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.
|Hebrew 6-Credit Courses||$5,904|
|Hebrew 3-Credit Courses||$4,422|
|3-Credit Course for Audit||$612|
|6-Credit Course for Audit||$1,224|
|Application Fee (Non-JTS Students Only)||$60 per session|
|Registration Fee (for each session)||$50 per session|
|Student Activities Fee (for each session)||$35 per session|
Rates are subject to change.