Discover the foundations of Judaism and its treasury of 3,500 years' worth of wisdom.
This course provides a broad overview of Jewish thought and insight. Course topics include Love and Relationships, Achieving Success, Gossip, Kabbalah, the History of Jerusalem, and Jewish Contributions to World Values.
Each class consists of a film/audio segment, a text reading, a review section, and a short quiz, all of which are available online.
- Adult Education:
- Exams are available for self-checking your progress, but are entirely optional.
- Course must be completed within eight (8) months. Course material may be viewed after that time for an additional fee. Course consists eight films and three audio files.
- $100 Stipend students must:
- Complete entire course within six (6) weeks of the start date. Course consists of eight films and three bonus audio files.
- Attain an 80% on course exams.
- Attend two live events coordinated by your campus adviser and a Jerusalem U campus rabbi. Live events may include participation in a class or lecture, Shabbat dinner or other social events (as decided upon by the Rabbi on campus). Campus Adviser:email@example.com
1. Love and Relationships
Film: A candid, captivating and humorous discussion about love and relationships. This class offers an in-depth look into the role of love and relationships in Judaism. Transform the way you appreciate yourself and your current or prospective partner with these important lessons on Judaism and love.
Film: What is the secret to success? Is success defined by money, prestige, education or power? This class offers an alternative model of true success. You will learn how to reevaluate what is truly important and set practical goals for achieving personal success.
3. Genesis and The Big Bang
Film: In this class, M.I.T. scientist Dr. Gerald Schroeder will take you on a journey of science and ancient wisdom, reconciling The Big Bang Theory and the Bible.
Film: Are you a pleasure-seeker? Do you want to feel good, and experience more pleasure on a daily basis? This class will offer you some of the secrets to discovering the real joys in life.
5. Know What You Know
Film: What are your beliefs based on? This class challenges the notion of moral relativism and encourages course participants to question the basis of their own system of beliefs.
Film: What makes Jerusalem so important? This class offers students observations and a discussion on the rich history and the controversial politics that surround this small yet captivating city. You will journey through time to discover Jerusalem’s historical side and experience the sights and sounds of the modern day city.
7. Infinite God
Film: In this thought-provoking video presentation, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser and Rabbi Moshe Zeldman explain what it means to say that “God is infinite” and offer practical ways to relate to an infinite God on a daily basis.
8. The Edge of History
Film: What does Judaism have to say about the destiny of mankind and the end of history? How does recent history and today's headlines match up to Biblical prophecy? Noted historian and world-renown speaker, R' Ken Spiro gives us a profound appreciation of the power of prophecy in world history.
9. BONUS MATERIAL: Kabbalah
Audio File: Today, Kabbalah is all the rage among celebrities. But what is the true essence of Jewish Kabbalah? In this class you will explore the roots of Kabbalah and learn how to understand the messages that the world is sending your way.
10. BONUS MATERIAL: Jewish Contribution to World Values
Audio File: What has Judaism contributed to world values? From the time that Abraham welcomed guests into his tent, Jewish values have played a critical role in shaping the global code of ethics. This class evaluates the impact that Jewish values have had on the creation of a global value system.
11. BONUS MATERIAL: Gossip
Audio File: Have you ever heard the saying, "Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you?" Is there truth to this statement? This class explores the power of words. Based on Jewish laws pertaining to gossip, you will learn how words are internalized and impact the way that you listen and speak.
1. Rabbi David Aaron
Rabbi David Aaron is the founder of Isralight, an international organization that offers retreats, workshops, leadership training, trips and missions to Israel. He received rabbinical ordination from the Israel Torah Research Institute in 1979. Rabbi Aaron is the author of several best selling books and has appeared on international radio and TV programs, including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment.
2. Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser
Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser received his B.A. from the University of California in Santa Barbra and moved to Israel in 1991. Six years later, he received rabbinical ordination. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children studying, teaching, and playing music to help others develop a closer relationship with God, what he calls "transformational education."
3. Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin
Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin served in the Israeli Army and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Noah Weinberg in Jerusalem. In addition to authoring two books, Rabbi Gluckin has lectured on a variety of topics, integrating his unique background and experience to deliver thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking lessons.
4. Rabbi Chaim Levine
Rabbi Chaim Levine studied anthropology and philosophy at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He received rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem, and spent two and a half years building Aish HaTorah in Boston. Rabbi Levine also served as Executive Director of Aish’s largest branch in Toronto for two years.
5. Lori Palatnik
Lori Palatnik is an author and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She has lectured in North America, the U.K., South Africa and Israel. Focused on illuminating traditional practices and life-styles in the contemporary world, Lori has authored numerous books about Shabbat, Jewish concepts of soul and afterlife and gossip. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she is the Executive Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project.
6. Dr. Gerald Schroeder
Dr. Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Schroeder has authored numerous books fusing modern science with ancient biblical commentary, including works such as Genesis and The Big Bang and The Science of God.
7. Rabbi Raphael Shore
Rabbi Raphael Shore is the founder and CEO of Jerusalem U. Shore produced the 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus and the newest PBS film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Shore also founded and is the CEO of the Clarion Fund, producing its groundbreaking documentary films, including Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West, The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, and Iranium. CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and other leading media organizations have interviewed him and featured his films. Shore previously served as COO of the Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Shore and his family now live in Jerusalem.
8. Rebecca Shore
Rebecca Shore is an artist and educator who focuses on relationships, gender differences and the role of women in Judaism. She specializes in Jewish children's artwork, which combines her passion for Judaism with her flair for colorful, enchanting visual design. A native of New York, Rebecca now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.
9. Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and pursued his graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He also received an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University. Rabbi Spiro is licensed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including B.B.C. Radio and TV and The National Geographic Channel.
10. Rabbi Noah Weinberg
Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of Blessed Memory, is considered the "founding father" of today's Jewish spiritual outreach movement for his efforts in establishing a global network of educational outreach programs for unaffiliated Jewish men and women. Through his activities at Aish HaTorah, Rabbi Weinberg has influenced tens of thousands of college-age students to explore their Jewish heritage. His audio series and books focus on how to build a positive relationship with God and how to achieve happiness through Judaism.
11. Rabbi Moshe Zeldman
Rabbi Moshe Zeldman received his undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and his rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lectures on a variety of topics and is involved in researching hidden codes in the Bible. Rabbi Zeldman currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five children.
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Thank you for this learning experience! My Jewish identity is important to me and I enjoyed connecting Judaism to my personal values. The meaning of life is to find meaning and this is just the beginning.”Erica RibaUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor
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The wisdom and understanding I attained is worth more than any amount of money.”Elishay EliezerRutgers University
I really enjoyed the course, as it gave me a solid foundation for further Judaic study”Daniel MarksBrandeis University
I just wanted to thank you for giving me access to the Judaism 101 class! It was very inspirational and enjoyable. The reason it took me so long to complete it was due to taking notes and analyzing the content and ideas. Some of the ideas were very beautiful and others showed the reality that we still have a long way to go before peace will be present. Hopefully in the future, people will appreciate the love and devotion we have to G-d and join us in unity, instead of attacking us. Until that time, I will try to be one of the many who are a "light unto the nations."Tyrone PikeUniversity of Miami
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Gave me tangible ways to look inside myself and be successful.”Emmanuelle BerdugoUniversity of California San Diego
Amazing course. I did all the lectures with my atheist girlfriend watching, and by the end she was even trying to practice the art of kaballah and implement some of the strategies that the videos cover. Maybe together we will complete more mitzvah's and live fuller richer lives because of these inspiring videos. Thank you!”CamiloUniversity of California Santa Cruz
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