Me’ah Classic at Shaarei Tefillah, Newton

October 15, 2018 Newton $700.00
Congregation Shaarei Tefilah (Courtesy photo)
Congregation Shaarei Tefilah (Courtesy photo)

Literacy, Learning, Legacy: 100 hours of Jewish study. Year one curriculum: Hebrew Bible and Rabbinics.

Fall/Early Winter 2018—Hebrew Bible: Explore the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, through focused discussion of core texts, including:

  • The creation stories
  • The binding of Isaac
  • The Exodus story
  • The revelation at Sinai
  • The prophetic books

Modern historical and literary approaches will enable you to analyze material through a new lens and gain a deeper understanding of the biblical world.

Schedule for “Bible” with Rabbi Yaakov Jaffee: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17. (Please note: No class on December 24 and 31. January 7 and 14 reserved for snow/sick days.)

Winter/Spring 2019—Rabbinics: Study texts from the Rabbinic Period (500 BCE to 600 CE), a time when new Jewish leaders, sages, and rabbis emerged and developed rich texts of their own, creating a legal system which has informed and ordered Jewish community, culture, and behavior for the past millennia. Explore the relationship between God and human beings, your understanding of Jewish history and ethics, and the role of ritual in our lives.

Schedule for “Rabbinics” with Dr. Shari Lowin: February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8. (Please note: No class on February 18,  April 15 and 22. April 29 and May 6 reserved for snow/sick days.) Days of class subject to minor changes.

Financial aid available to all students. Please contact Sara Brown at

Instructor Bios:

Rabbi Yaakov Jaffee, Ph.D.
Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe serves as the rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan and as the Director of the Tanach program and member of the Judaic Studies Faculty at Maimonides School. He received his ordination and doctorate from Yeshiva University, where he holds graduate degrees in Bible, Jewish History, and Jewish Education. Rabbi Jaffe has lectured and written widely on topics in Bible, Medieval Jewish History, Jewish Education, and Jewish Law. Rabbi Jaffe’s unique approach to Tanach, Tefillah, and Hebrew poetry is informed by his B.A. in English literature from Columbia University and the historicist approach to the study of ancient texts.

Shari Lowin, Ph.D.
Shari Lowin is professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College and in Ma’ayan. Lowin is fluent in Arabic and has researched and published on a number of topics comparing Judaism and Islam. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Offered at Shaarei Tefillah in partnership with Ma’ayan, Torah study from the sources.

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Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
* Registration closes on October 5th at 11:55 pm
Congregation Shaarei Tefilah
35 Morseland Ave
Newton, MA 02459
$700.00 Per adult

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