Guided by leading Judaic Studies scholar-teachers from a variety of academic institutions, the four-semester Context program provides a sophisticated understanding of Jewish history and thought. It offers students a "context" within which to understand the Jewish past, refine their personal approach to the challenges of contemporary Jewish life, and develop their unique and informed outlook toward the Jewish future. Context takes students on an intellectual journey.
The Context curriculum explores the span of Jewish civilization and focuses on two major themes:
Jewish Texts and Interpretation (Year I)
• The Bible
• Rabbinic Texts
Jewish Cultures and Communities (Year II)
• Jews in the Medieval World
• Jews in the Post-Enlightenment World
Each semester consists of eight academic sessions. The calendar includes a monthlong break in January.