M.A. in Jewish Education at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Road to Jewish Identity
Jewish educators around the world face complicated and difficult issues when it comes to teach people of all ages about Judaism and Israel. For this reason Jerusalem's Hebrew University launched this exceptional program aiming to advise educators and equip them with new methods of teaching Jewish culture and history to kids and adults.
Practitioners of both formal and informal frameworks can benefit from innovative ways of passing knowledge about Jewish traditions and Israeli culture to their students abroad in order to familiarize the latter with their own background.
The master's track includes several courses involving Jewish and Israel studies as well as many other classes that focus on Jewish education in particular. There are also classes regarding activism and informal learning to educators that wish to intertwine social and communal work with studies. Some of the courses include practical workshops.
The program is entirely in English; however, students may choose to take some courses in Hebrew in case they have sufficient knowledge of the language. In addition, students may take Hebrew classes (Ulpan).
The M.A. program in Jewish Education is a one year program that lasts two semesters. The studies take place two days a week.
The courses include the following subjects:
* Social Sciences
* Teaching Jewish Texts
* Innovation in Education
* Jewish Philosophy
* Contemporary Values and Methods
* Cultural Identity
* Jewish Life and Schools in Diaspora
* Formal and Informal Jewish Education
* Talmudic Readings
* Jewish Ideologies
* Social Entrepreneurs
* Location of Learning
* Israeli Education
* Philosophy for Children
The faculty staff at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem includes: an expert in modern Jewish thought and education; an expert in teaching of rabbinic texts; a scholar who focuses on the cultural context of education, especially in multi-cultural societies; a researcher of Jewish identity in Israel and in Diaspora; and others.
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Candidates must complete their undergraduate studies in a relevant area with a GPA of at list 3.2 (80). Applicants who did not finish their B.A. studies in an English Speaking country must pass an English proficiency test. In cases applicants do not have a background in Jewish education they are required to take additional courses before entering the program.
Graduates of the program receive a M.A. in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.