New Courses for Fall 2014

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 fall:

VHG-PortraitTeshuva – A four-week course beginning the week of August 31
Vered Hollander-Goldfarb

To Err is Human, to Forgive is Divine:  A look at Teshuva (repentance) and Kappara (atonement) –  In preparation for the season of High Holidays coming up, let us study some of the terms and biblical sections that form the basis for significant portions of the liturgy of this period.  We will study the context of the 13 attributes of God, consider the difference between forgiveness and atonement, and examine the views of Jonah and Isaiah regarding the concept of repenting.

Tanya – A six-week course beginning the week of October 26
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 through the lens of an intellectual framework that embodies traditional Jewish scholarship.   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 six-week course we will learn about the two centers of consciousness on which a person operates, as the author employs the terms the “divine soul” and the “animal soul” and examines the essential attributes and practical faculties of each.

silversteinHanukkah in the Talmud – A five-week course beginning the week of November 16
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein

How do we know about Hanukkah? As Rabbinic Jews, our knowledge of what Hanukkah is and how we observe it is shaped by the Talmud but unlike other holidays which have entire tractates of the Talmud dedicated to them and their observance, the festival of Hanukkah is relegated to a number of dapim (folios) in the tractate dedicated to Shabbat. We will explore together Hanukkah in the Talmud with a focus on what it tells us about the rabbinic observance and understanding of this holiday. We will also use our studies as an opportunity to gather some Talmudic learning skills.

Registration: To register for the class, please click here for the Conservative Yeshiva on-line registration system, and choose “Online Fall 2014” for your choice of program. Follow the instructions for completing the application.   Alumni of the Conservative Yeshiva, please email to register.


Teshuva – $100
Tanya – $150
Hanukkah – $125

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!!!

Please share this announcement!  For more information about the course or about on-line 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