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Me’ah Comes to Northeastern

We’re very pleased to announce that Northeastern University will be hosting the renowned Me’ah educational program, a collaboration of Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropy, beginning in Fall 2015.

Me’ah (Hebrew for 100) is an intensive Jewish educational experience designed for busy adult learners of all backgrounds. Consisting of 100 hours of class time over two years, Me’ah immerses participants in reading core Jewish texts, broadly defined, enabling them to grapple with concepts representing cultural and political movements from four historical periods: biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern. The program helps students develop a framework for understanding Jewish culture and civilization.

The upcoming 2015-2016 year will cover the biblical and rabbinic periods. The biblical section will be taught by our own Prof. Lori Lefkovitz, who is the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies, Professor of English, and Director of both the Jewish Studies Program and the Humanities Center. Lefkovitz is a scholar of narrative and narrative theory and has published widely on the Hebrew Bible.  Lefkovitz, a gifted teacher, has taught Hebrew Bible at Kenyon College, the Reconstructionist Rabbincal College, Northeastern University, and as scholar-in-residence throughout the Jewish community for several decades.  She has published four books, the most recent of which, In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities, was a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of women’s studies.

The rabbinic period will be taught by Rabbi Leonard Gordon, senior rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill and rabbi emeritus at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia, PA.  Gordon has taught the literature and history of rabbinic Judaism at Hebrew College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Ohio State University and Kenyon College, where he directed the Integrated Program in Humane Studies.  He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and has an MA in Religious Studies from Brown University and an MPhil in Religion from Columbia University.

Classes will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:15, beginning in October 2015.

For more information and to register, visit

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