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An online course especially for HUC-JIR Alumni with
Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, HUC-JIR

From the comfort of your home or office, in the HUC-JIR
Collaborative Learning Environment and Virtual Classroom.
Open to all HUC-JIR Alumni at no charge.

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement
For more information, please contact Joy Wasserman,
National Director of Alumni Engagement jwasserman@huc.edu



Working at your own pace and schedule
Each week there will be video segments to view, recommended readings and online discussions. The readings are drawn from extensive bibliographies that Michael Marmur has prepared on books by or about Heschel . Some will be drawn from your own libraries and some will be posted online. While we encourage you to engage with these during the related topic week, you are free to access them at any hour of the day and from any computer with an Internet connection. We refer to this as our asynchronous work.

A bi-weekly “Discussion Forum”
The class will be divided into two discussion groups (“Abe” and “Josh”) and will alternate posting their responses to the weekly question. The Forum is where you will be able to engage with other Alumni and with Dr. Marmur. Group assignments will be posted on our Course Site in Sakai.

“Live Sessions” in our Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom
(Tues., Feb. 4 & 11, Wed., Mar. 5 & 26, 2014 from 1-2:30 pm EASTERN)

  • Readings and bibliographies
  • Optional “Course Orientation to Sakai (our online learning environment) and the Adobe Classroom” available online (Jan. 27 – 30).

Sakai – Our Online Collaborative Learning Environment
You will be accessing the course and all of our online material in the HUC-JIR Course Management System that we use for all of our online and many of our onsite classes. You will have a username and a password that will be assigned to you once we process your registration.

Course Calendar

  • Jan. 6-?? - Registration
  • Jan, 27-30 - Optional Orientation

Our 8 week course will explore the following 8 topics:

  • Heschel: Life and Works
  • Heschel as Hasid
  • Pathos and Prophecy
  • Heschel on Prayer
  • Sabbath and Holy Deed
  • Heavenly Torah
  • No Religion is an Island
  • Heschel and Social Activism