A new opportunity for Meltonians to study with a partner
Havruta is a traditional mode of peer-to-peer Jewish learning that is enriched by the exchange between partners as they bring their personal experiences to the texts. Melton is excited to offer our learners the chance to experience this form of Jewish study with their friends and family through an online platform designed by our friends at Mechon Hadar’s Project Zug. This pilot program is made possible through a gift by Susan and Bill Firestone.
What is Havruta Learning Online?
Continuing this November, Melton is offering a way for its students, alumni, friends and family to engage in weekly online learning with a peer in their same community or across the globe. Participants will receive study sheets each week with questions designed to be discussed with their partner during a 30-45 min session. The course also includes high quality instructional videos that provide background and framing for the learning.
The learning cycle will begin on Sunday, November 12 and will officially run through the beginning of February. Because this is self-guided study, you will schedule time privately to meet with your havruta either through online video chat or in person. This allows you to have flexibility and schedule makeups due to vacations or other conflicts.
While the Havruta Learning Online model is based on independent partner study, we will be offering two premium courses this session that will include live online sessions with the course authors twice during the 10-week session. For those unable to make these sessions, the recordings will be made available.
Who will I learn with?
- Learn with a Melton friend — deepen your friendship with a classmate or someone you connected with on a Melton Travel Seminar
- Learn together as a couple or with a friend or family member
- Let us find you a learning partner — we will connect you with a like-minded Meltonian
What will I learn?
You have the opportunity to choose from five different courses, the content for which has been created by our partners at Project Zug.
- The Prayerbook: New Interpretive Methods***, Course Author: Rabbi Elie Kaunfer (10 units and 2 live sessions)
- Judaism- Identity, Pluralism, and Peoplehood***, Course Author: Rabbi Ethan Tucker (10 units and 2 live sessions)
- Rumors of Revelation: Reflection on the Torah, And Its Ability to Unite and Divide Jews, Course Author: Rabbi Jason Rubenstein (10 units)
- How to Question Authority, Course Author: Rabbi Avi Killip (10 units)
- Visiting the Sick: A Talmudic Exploration, Course Author: Rabbi Avital Hochstein (10 units)
***These premium offerings include 2 live online sessions with the course authors
How Do I Sign Up?
- Register here by November 3
- Select from the five courses offered that begin on November 12
- Pay between $36-$180 for the regular courses (voluntary sliding scale). Premium courses are $180 and require a minimum of 10 registrants.