Four-week Course Begins March 9 – The Haggadah and the Seder

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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!

The Haggadah and the Seder
Dr. Joshua Kulp
Course description below

Registration: To register, please click here and select the ‘online’ option as your choice of program. Follow the instructions for completing the application.  Alumni of the Conservative Yeshiva, please email yeshiva@uscj.org to register.

Tuition:  $100 for four weeks.   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 yeshiva@uscj.org or see the FAQ below.

The Haggadah and the Seder Course Description

Of all the famous lines in the Haggadah, one stands out–Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights? This is the question every child asks from the time s/he can sing a song. And the question continues to occupy adults as well–what is the meaning of all of these strange customs and prayers we say at the Seder?

In this course we shall see how the customs we still observe to this day originated and how they developed over the centuries. We shall see how the Seder was the rabbinic response to the loss of the Passover sacrifice that occurred with the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. The historical meaning and context of key customs, reclining, drinking wine, eating appetizers, washing hands, reciting blessings and eating specific foods will be examined.  At the end of this course, the participant will be able to go to his/her seder armed with real answers–this night is different because….

kulp1Dr. Joshua Kulp is a co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva where he has been teaching for eighteen years. He is the author of the Mishnah Yomit and Daf Shevui commentaries. He is also a co-author of The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary, as well as a co-author of a forthcoming introduction to the academic study of rabbinic texts.

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

This guide is for the Conservative Yeshiva’s online courses taught by faculty members.

Distance Learning FAQ

Basic Questions

What level of background of Hebrew and Jewish learning is required?

Students of all Hebrew levels and Jewish learning backgrounds are welcome.

How much time does the class require?

Students should be self-motivated and willing to devote 1-2 hours per week to study.

Do I need to set aside a particular time each week to attend the class?

The courses are asynchronous, meaning that students log on at whatever time they wish to access the study materials and discussions.  Course materials can be printed or studied on line, and are usually posted on Thursday for the coming week, so that students can print them for study on Shabbat. You will likely want to set up a time to conference with your learning partner each week.

Hevruta Study

What is a Hevruta? Do I need one?

Hevruta is a technique of learning that involves two students studying together in order to understand and discuss the material. Hevruta is strongly encouraged for all students and all learning levels, including those with no prior experience in hevruta study.

Where will I find a Hevruta Partner?

Conservative Yeshiva Online students have set up hevruta study in person, by phone, and even via Skype. Once enrolled in the class, you will have the opportunity to view the discussion forum. There will be a dedicated forum where you can post to find other students looking for a hevruta.

What is Skype?

Skype is a video or audio conferencing program that allows free calls between two computers anywhere around the world. For more information visit http://skype.com/

Can I sign up with a hevruta (learning partner)?

Yes, signing up with a Hevruta is encouraged. If you do not already have a partner to learn with we can help you set up a Hevruta in person, phone, or even a Skype hevruta!

Course Questions

Can I log on at any time?

Yes! The course material can be accessed at anytime and the discussion forums will also be available to post questions or comments at any time.

How is the information presented? 

Our courses are run through the Moodle course management system – we have used several systems and find the Moodle system to be user friendly and enjoyable.  The courses are asynchronous, meaning that students log on at whatever time they wish to access the course.  There is currently no simultaneous or real time meeting component to the course.

Will there be live, audio- video or interactive lessons?

There is currently no simultaneous or real time meeting component.   All the material is accessed through the site and then can be used to study in hevruta. There is an interactive component but it is not in real-time. Students and teachers can interact through the discussion forums on the course site. There are one or more discussion forums each week focusing on the study materials. In addition, the courses may or may not have an audio or video component – teachers may choose to post short lectures in MP3 or video format.

What if I will be away for a week during the course or miss a course?

This is not a problem, since the course is taken at your own pace. Be sure to coordinate with your study partner when you will be able makeup your hevruta study.

Using the Course Website

How do I edit my profile?

After signing in to the website proceed to click on your name (in blue) at the upper right side of the screen. Then click update your profile and you can edit your information.

Computer Related Questions

What computer requirements are needed?

The majority of computers in use today have more than sufficient requirements to use the online system. The basic requirement is a computer with internet access. High speed internet connections such as DSL or cable modems are recommended.

We have sometimes found that newer computers running Windows Vista or Window 7 with Internet Explorer 8 have not been displaying the site correctly. If you are not seeing pictures displayed properly, try the free browser Firefox available at http://www.firefox.com

Do I need any special software or hardware?

No special software is required. Only a computer with internet access in required. Currently there is no real-time video component so a webcam or microphone is not required. If the teacher uses short audio clips, speakers or headphone would be needed. A printer is useful if you prefer to read from paper.

 

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