Classes

JOCTA will offer four classes from November 2019-June 2020:

  • Yesod (foundation): beginners Hebrew

  • Beit Midrash (house of learning): comprehension Hebrew and an open study

  • Ivrit (Hebrew): conversational Hebrew

  • Lomdim (to understand): seminars grounded in Judaism/Jewishness, connected to the overarching theme of JOCTA’s first year, “Reclaim Hope and Imagination”

All classes are hosted at the NYU Bronfman Center. Yesod and Lomdim are accessible by Zoom (online) for a limited number of slots.

 
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Yesod

Beginners Hebrew

Yesod is a 6-session course to learn Hebrew letters, vowels and reading. Yesod is scheduled for 30 sessions and is broken up into 5 cycles of 6 sessions that meet weekly on Mondays at 6:15pm. Yesod will consist of frontal learning presented by the teacher as well as peer-to-peer support in chevrutah (pairs). Yesod is accessible per cycle for 10 New Yorkers in-person and 10 “Nationals” online by way of Zoom. Students must register and commit to 5 of 6 sessions of a cycle to participate in Yesod. Registration is sliding scale with a suggested fee of $36.

Check out the schedule of classes here and sign up below. Online (Zoom) participation available.

 
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Beit Midrash

Comprehension Hebrew & Open Study

Beit Midrash is a space for peer to peer education for those developing Hebrew skills beyond the basics and additional learning for Lomdim students. Beit Midrash is scheduled for 30 sessions and is broken up into 2 terms of 15 sessions that meet weekly on Mondays at 6:15pm. Learning in Beit Midrash will be peer taught using JOCTA provided materials in chevrutah and supported by a “floating” teacher for comprehension Hebrew students. Beit Midrash will reserve 12 seats for those working specifically on comprehension Hebrew per 15-week term and is open to all JOCTA members and Lomdim students for peer to peer study. Comprehension Hebrew students must register and commit to 12 of 15 sessions of a cycle to reserve a seat in Beit Midrash and resource the Beit Midrash teacher. Registration for comprehension students is sliding scale with a suggested fee of $36. Given the nature of Beit Midrash, it will only be accessible for those in person. 

Check out the schedule of classes here and sign up below. Given the nature of Beit Midrash, it will only be accessible for those in person. 

 
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Ivrit

Conversational Hebrew

Ivrit is a weekly Hebrew immersion experience, using simple and relatable topics to build students vocabulary in a low stake context. Ivrit is scheduled for 30 sessions that meet weekly on Mondays at 7:30pm. Ivrit will be loosely facilitated by a teacher allowing for participants to practice their conversational hebrew in a comfortable setting. Ivrit is accessible on a week to week basis for up to 10 people in-person. Students must register and commit to at least 8 of the 15 session term. Registration is sliding scale with a suggested fee of $36.

Check out the schedule of classes here and sign up below. Given the nature of Ivrit, it will only be accessible for those in person. 

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Lomdim

seminars grounded in judaism/jewishness

Lomdim is a 3-session course of study that connects to the year’s theme, “Reclaim Hope and Imagination,” and includes at least one of the following: canonical Jewish texts, material produced by Jews, comparative studies related to Judaism or Jewishness, or issues and/or histories relevant to the Jewish community. Lomdim is scheduled for 15 sessions and is broken up into 5 cycles of 3 sessions that meet every other week on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for 6 weeks.

Participants will be placed into chevrutah for peer-to-peer support during the actual sessions as well as for the off weeks of the 6-week, 3-session cycle. On the off weeks, participants will be encouraged to join Beit Midrash for peer-to-peer study in chevrutah to continue learning the material from their cycle of sessions in Lomdim. Lomdim is accessible per cycle for 20-24 people in-person and 20 participants online by way of zoom. Students must register and commit to all 3 sessions of a cycle to participate in Lomdim. Registration is sliding scale with a suggested fee of $18.

Check out the schedule of classes here and sign up below for the first 3-session course of Lomdim: “JOC Growth, Power and Care”. Online (Zoom) participation available.

 
 

*JOCTA is grounded in anti-oppression values and is a brave space where oppressive behavior will be disrupted and held accountable.*