New Courses for Spring 2015

Register now for Conservative Yeshiva Online Learning.  Students of all Hebrew levels and Jewish learning backgrounds are welcome. Students should be self-motivated and willing to devote 1-2 hours per week to study.  Hevruta – study with a partner – is strongly encouraged for all students including those with no prior experience in hevruta study.  Conservative Yeshiva Online students have set up hevruta study in person, by phone, and even via Skype.  The Conservative Yeshiva’s course management system makes online learning easy and fun!

Three courses will be offered this spring:

Tanya continues – Another six weeks beginning the week of January 25
Yiscah Smith
yiscah-facultyIn his timeless classic, Tanya, published in 1796 in the Ukraine, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explores the spiritual teachings of Chassidut, filtering the mystical teachings of the Baal Shem Tov.  The student is swept up in the quest for G-dliness and self-perfection that grows out of real-life situations. This monumental text addresses the heartfelt struggle to bridge the gulf between the material and the spiritual, between the individual and one’s intimate and personal relationship with G-d. In this second six-week course the author goes on to examine the inevitable conflict ensuing from the two divergent sources of consciousness (souls).  As well he teaches how the essential unity of the human personality is strongly upheld and how in fact this unity resolves the conflict and is within the grasp of the average individual.

The Golden Calf and the Sin of the Spies – A four-week course beginning the week of February 22
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Why are these two events – the Golden Calf and the Sin of the Spies – considered game changers for the Israelite people? What actually happened in each of them? What were the intentions behind the actions? How were these events understood in the Torah?  And while we are at it: Which was worse, and why?!

Magnificent Midrashim for a Marvelous Seder – A four-week course beginning the week of March 8
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
Everything is in how you tell a story. If a story is told well, we gather a sense of the majesty and awesomeness of an experience. The Seder is full of great story potential. The rabbinic sages really knew how to tell and to experience the Exodus in order to truly feel the Exodus at the hand of God.  In this four week course, you will learn rabbinic midrashim to enhance your Seder.

Conservative Yeshiva Online learning is interactive and asynchronous.  Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people. You can access the course materials in interact with the instructor and other students on your own schedule, watching videos, studying text, and participating in discussion forums.

Registration: To register for the class, please click here for the Conservative Yeshiva on-line registration system, and choose “Online” for your choice of program. Follow the instructions for completing the application.   Alumni of the Conservative Yeshiva, please email to register.

Tanya – $150
The Golden Calf and the Spies – $100
Magnificent Midrashim – $100

A 10% discount will be given to Hevruta partners who sign up together for the class. Alumni of the Conservative Yeshiva receive an additional 10% tuition discount. Students from Asia, South Africa, Eastern Europe and other developing nations will receive a 50% tuition discount.  Full-time students and USCJ staff – register for free!!!

For more information about the courses or about online learning with the Conservative Yeshiva, please contact Rabbi Gail Diamond at

Distance Learning in the Press

“I didn’t want to teach the kids just the words and some tunes for Hallel; instead, I wanted to help them understand why it is that these particular psalms are sung on the pilgrimage festivals, each rosh chodesh, and every day of Chanukah. That is not an easy task when you are teaching 10 year olds, but it was a challenge I was willing to take.

As I was planning my unit, I received an email from the Consevative Yeshiva announcing its online spring courses. Rabbi Gail was teaching a course on Hallel!” Read the complete article