KAYITZ BABAYIT: CY SUMMER - AT HOME!

The CY is bringing our signature CY Summer in Jerusalem experience to the comfort of your own home.

Sunday June 21 - Friday July 10, 2020


Our program includes:

  • Choice of Hebrew Ulpan or Talmud Intensive
  • In-depth Biblical Text Studies
  • Explorations in Rabbinic Literature, Mysticism, and Israeli society
  • Liturgical Traditions and Trainings with Musical Masters
  • Informal Virtual Community Gatherings

Understanding the challenges of this time, we have endeavored to preserve maximum quality at minimum cost to you.

Registration has been extended! Ulpan registration ends on June 7

Reserve Your Spot!


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Morning Classes


Immersive Ulpan 5 levels

with Meira Glick and colleagues


The Conservative Yeshiva Summer Hebrew Ulpan, is an opportunity to study Hebrew intensively for a short period of time in a small, congenial class with students of all ages from around the world. The top-notch Hebrew Ulpan teachers motivated fellow students, combine to make this a premier Hebrew language experience. Five levels of modern Hebrew study are offered, including reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.

Summer Hebrew Ulpan Director, Nitza Shalitin Nitza has taught Hebrew to overseas students at the Hebrew University One Year Program, the Melton Educators Program and Mechina program, and at Hebrew Union College, all in Jerusalem, Israel. She teaches Hebrew and coordinates the Conservative Yeshiva’s Ulpan programs..

Talmud I: Integrating without Assimilating

with Dr. Joshua Kulp


Tractate Avodah Zarah envisions a world in which Jews live among idol worshippers, interact with them, engage in business with them and at the same time do not assiduously shun idol worship. As such, the Tractate addresses some of the same questions faced by Jews today. We will study Mishnah Avodah Zarah, passages in the Talmud, and perhaps even a few medieval writings on how Jews managed to live among non-Jews and yet maintain their distinct identity.

Dr. Joshua Kulp is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva. He is the author of The Schechter Haggadah and Reconstructing the Talmud, v. 1, and v. 2. He is also the author of the Mishnah Yomit and Daf Shevui projects.

Talmud II Sukkah

with Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish


The second chapter of tractate Sukkah discusses key questions that reverberate well beyond the obligation to dwell in a sukkah on the holiday of sukkot. We will delve into two sets of such questions. The first asks how to navigate conflicting obligations. Should newlyweds be exempt from certain ritual obligations? What about those taking care of the sick? The second asks: How do we define home? What makes your house a home? As we explore these questions, we will build our rabbinic text skills, becoming more proficient in the study of a Talmudic sugiya (discussion).

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is pursuing a doctorate in Talmud at Harvard University and directs Boston’s Teen Beit Midrash. A graduate of the Pardes Educators Program, she has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including the Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute.

Piyyut: Hebrew Liturgical Poetry

with Yahala Lachmish


Piyyutim are invitations to communal prayer. Join us for an uplifting journey through diverse Jewish liturgical traditions and learn the tunes of Piyyutim from communities all over the world! 9 musical meetings with Israeli Paytanit and Chazanit.

Yahala Lachmish is a Musician, Cantor and Paytanit, Singer, Conductor and Actress. She holds a B.A in composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and accompanies the Sephardic track of the Ashira Tehilot program for musicians and cantors at the Schechter Institute. Yahala has been performing for 25 years as a solo artist, in various ensembles (Tandu, Voca Shabbat and more) and orchestras. She is the musical director and conductor for the National Singing Communities organization (Kehilot Sharot), and teaches Biblical trope and sessions on Jewish liturgical poems.

Afternoon Classes


Images of the Torah in the Zohar

with Rabbi David Greenstein


What, when and Who is the Torah? Is She a text, an activity, a concept, a living being? Is the Torah eternal or does it have a history? The Zohar, one of the greatest expressions of Torah in all of Judaism, and the centerpiece of our mystical tradition asks these and other questions and offers responses that are moving, illuminating, inspiring and troubling, all at once. Come learn! All our texts will be from the Pritzker Edition, translated into English, edited and annotated by Danny Matt. (Please also bring a TaNaKh to class.).

Rabbi David Greenstein serves as rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ. He has taught Talmud and Zohar in rabbinical seminaries in North America as well as at the Conservative Yeshiva and at Neve Schechter in Tel Aviv. His book, Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar, was published by Stanford University Press in 2014. He has been chosen as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University for the academic year 2018 - 2019.

Grief and Righteous Anger in Lamentations

with Bex Stern Rosenblatt


How do we respond to the unimaginable? In this course, we'll do a close reading of the Book of Lamentations, written in the wake of the total destruction of Jerusalem. Confronting truly gruesome texts, we will examine how we process trauma and what God's role is in the creation of trauma.

Bex Stern Rosenblatt Is the CY's Faculty-in-Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. She earned an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. She is the founder of Havruta Tel Aviv, an organization that facilitates guided pair-learning of the Tanakh. At the Yeshiva, Bex taught Tanakh, using the techniques of close-reading, theater, feminist readings, and traditional commentators. After finishing her B.A. in History and German at Williams College, Bex received a Fulbright Grant to Austria. She has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Bina Jerusalem.

Social Distancing in the Talmud

with Ilana Kurshan


Ilana Kurshan teaches Talmud at the CY. She is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink (St. Martin's Press, 2017) and Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights (Schocken, 2005). She has a degree in History of Science from Harvard and in English literature from Cambridge, and she has worked in literary publishing both in New York and in Jerusalem. As a translator, a foreign rights agent, and as the Books Editor of Lilith Magazine. She has translated books of Jewish studies by Ruth Calderon, Benjamin Lau, and Micah Goodman, as well as novels, short stories, and children's picture books.

Reading Bat Sheva as Woman, Wife, and Warrior

with Bex Stern Rosenblatt


In this class, we will read the story of the other founder of the Davidic dynasty, the story of Bat Sheva. Paying close attention to textual details, we will uncover a complex Biblical character with an agenda of her own. We'll trace her story from her exchange of husbands, through plotting with a prophet, and finally to her ruthlessness in protecting the kingdom. As we construct her character, we will grapple with questions of power, legacy, and the importance of narrative.Bex Stern Rosenblatt Is the CY's Faculty-in-Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. She earned an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. She is the founder of Havruta Tel Aviv, an organization that facilitates guided pair-learning of the Tanakh. At the Yeshiva, Bex taught Tanakh, using the techniques of close-reading, theater, feminist readings, and traditional commentators. After finishing her B.A. in History and German at Williams College, Bex received a Fulbright Grant to Austria. She has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Bina Jerusalem.

Bonus Evening Classes

 

Lives of Jews Around the World

with Dr. Michelle Shain


We will explore the lives of Jews around the world using the tools of social science. We will discuss population trends in migration, marriage, and fertility; realities of education, income, occupation, and race; religious behaviors and attitudes; and antisemitism. Special attention will be paid to assessing the evidence behind popular narratives.

Dr. Michelle Shain is a social scientist and the Assistant Director of the Orthodox Union's Center for Communal Research. Her primary area of expertise is the intersection of religion, gender, and family formation. Her published work also includes numerous explorations of young adult Jewish identity, Israel education, and antisemitism. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and an MA from the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jewish Medical Ethics in the Time of Pandemic

with Rabbi Alan Iser


What do Jewish sources have to say about some of the most pressing issues facing patients and caregivers today? To what extent are medical workers obligated to endanger themselves? Among the issues we will discuss: personal autonomy; end of life issues; organ transplants and allocation of scarce medical resources; abortion and new reproductive technologies.

Rabbi Alan Iser received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and has a Masters degree in Near Eastern Civilizations and Languages from Harvard. He is a former pulpit rabbi and Hillel director. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
 


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