The Year-in-Israel Program includes a number of orientation sessions and seminars at the beginning of the academic year and thereafter throughout the course of study. Among the topics examined are: (a) a basic orientation to Jerusalem past and present, (b) an introduction to Modern Israel, (c) a discussion of the role of Reform Judaism, and (d) an examination of the roles of Jewish professionals within the community.
Students are expected to study a minimum of 25 credit hours of classroom study, divided between core courses (14 credits), professional courses (9 credits), and a weekly First Year Seminar (2 credits).
|Modern Hebrew||8 credits|
|Classical Grammar||2 credits|
|Bible I (Introduction)||2 credits|
|Cantillation of the Torah, Haftorah, and Esther||1 credit|
|Cantorial Workshops||1 credit|
|Traditional Chants of the Daily Services||1 credit|
|History of Jewish Music||1 credit|
|Israeli Folk Music||1 credit|
|Music Theory and Sight-Singing||2 credits|
For one day a week, Israel is the classroom, as students explore aspects of Judaism and the Jewish State. Some days studies take place on campus, and many others there are site visits of various kinds. Learning techniques include text study sessions, film, independent research, and more. Two of the extended field study trips are part of the wider course. Requirements include two research papers and active participation. Sessions tend to run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. throughout the year. Subjects include Religion and State, Life Cycle, and Zionism.
Students are also encouraged to participate in a range of additional activities and learning opportunities including: