The Institute for Jewish Learning brings the educational excellence of The Jewish Theological Seminary to a growing number of Jewish communities through an array of programs conducted at synagogues, schools, and Jewish Community Centers. Designed to meet the diverse Jewish learning needs of adults, Context programs are distinguished by
The Institute is a leading address for innovative programming, community‐oriented services, and research aimed at raising the level of Jewish literacy among Jewish adults in North America.
Two-Year Context Program: Intensive study covering the sweep of Jewish history and the major texts of the ancient through modern periods
Context Seminars: In-depth explorations of specific topics in Jewish history, philosophy, religion, arts and literature
Context Mini-Courses: Three- and four-session examinations of core Jewish rituals, practices and ideas
Context Hebrew Language Study on the East Side: Ten-session courses at three levels
Jewish University for a Day: Learning events featuring a keynote address and breakout sessions led by JTS faculty and local instructors
All Context programs are built upon the following core values:
Access: Top-quality Jewish Studies programming should be accessible to all members of the Jewish community. Educational materials are made available online wherever possible to keep costs low. Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available to students in the two-year program and Context Seminars.
Faculty Excellence: Our eminent instructors are drawn from an array of leading academic institutions, both secular and religious. Each has a demonstrated passion for adult Jewish learning.
Autonomy: Each student's intellectual autonomy is highly valued and respected. Similarly, instructors bring their own expertise and approach to the material, creating their syllabi in concert with the overarching program curriculum.
Community: Community-based education can be a galvanizing force. Context is delivered through multi-institutional collaboratives that transcend denominational boundaries as well as by individual institutions. Partner institutions share the hosting of the four-semester program.
Logistical Excellence: Context is run by an experienced team of educational administrators who specialize in adult Jewish learning.
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