About the program

About the program

With the changing reality of Jewish life in the Diaspora, the Melton Centre for Jewish Education is moving in new directions to adapt to these changes and to offer solutions to strengthen Jewish education in communities abroad. 

Using the M.A. track offered at the Melton Centre as a strong base, we have developed a blended On-Site and Distance M.A. Program in Education, specializing in Jewish Education, which is offered to Jewish and non Jewish educators around the world.  The program is designed for educators in both formal and informal frameworks who are interested in Jewish Education and its dialogue with the Social Sciences, Educational Philosophy, and Jewish and Israel Studies.  Studies integrate on site and distance learning elements and require 36 credits for graduation.  

This is an international program taught entirely in English mainly intended for students who reside outside of Israel. All the lectures and course material are in English. Contributions to forum discussions and written assignments must be written in English. A high level of English proficiency is therefore a requirement for participation in this program. Many of the courses are focused upon challenges and issues facing Jewish education in Diaspora communities.

The principal advantage of this program is that  educators abroad who, for various reasons are not able to spend a long period in Jerusalem, will have the opportunity to study with Melton Centre faculty and enjoy the unique academic resources of the Hebrew University. 

Courses in the MA in Education program are intended to familiarize students with research in Jewish education and to enable the clarification of the goals, methods, practices and challenges involved in transmitting Jewish culture and teaching Jewish and Israel studies.

The program is conducted at a high academic level at the Hebrew University, which is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

 

 

Program Foci

The Program focuses on three main areas

1. The Philosophy, the Sociology and the Psychology of Jewish Education and Israel Education:

This focus deals with the great issues in Jewish Education and Israel Education: Who is the educated person and who, the educated Jew? Which are the goals of Jewish Education and how can we adapt them to the issues we face today? What is the role of the Jewish educator, and how can the institution help him? What is the place of Israel in Jewish Education? How must the relations between Jewish School and Israel be?  What is the role of the Zionism in our times?

2. The teaching of Jewish texts:

This focus deals with the teaching of Biblical and Talmudic texts. In the program, a few lecturers will give examples of different texts, how to analyze them in order to give the participant the necessary tools to deal with them and teach them in schools and communities. In the courses, participants will learn about different perspectives, like Philosophy of the Child, Levinas’ ethical perspective, and others. This focus is theoretical and practical, because studies involve both the fundamentals of all perspectives, and practical examples that could be implemented in the field.

3. The entrepreneurship and innovation in Jewish Education.

In this focus, participants will analyze their own personal vision of Jewish Education as well as their institutional vision. In the program, they will study several theories that will help them to reflect on their own Jewish educational vision. Vision, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are the three main components of this focus. 

Program Structure

The program consists of 36 credits of which 10 credits will be offered on site at the Hebrew University and 26 credits will be offered as distance courses. The program consists of 14 required credits and 22 elective credits

Participants must submit two seminar papers. One seminar paper must be related to a course taught on site at the university.

The program may approve up to 8 credits taken outside the Jewish Education track either from among other Hebrew University distance courses or from universities recognized for credit by the Hebrew University. Prior approval must be obtained for courses outside the Jewish Education track.

The Blended Masters Program is in the non-research track and does not provide for the writing of a thesis which is normally a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral program at The Hebrew University.

Below please find the 2020 study program:

Fall Semester (online) – October 2019

Teacher

Credits

 

Renewing the practice of Israel Education

Dr. Alex Pomson

4

elective

Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

Dr. Yossi Goldstein

2

required

Entrepreneurship  and Innovation in Jewish Education

Dr. Jonathan Mirvis

4

elective

Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Dr. Michael Gillis

4

elective

Total 2nd Semester (suggested)

 

8 / 14

 

Spring Semester  (online) – March 2020

Teacher

Credits

 

Visions in Jewish Education

Dr. Ari Ackerman

4

elective

Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

Dr. Michael Gillis

4

required

Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

Dr. Howard Deitcher

4

elective

Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

Dr. Alick Isaacs.

4

elective

Jewish education and art: Visual Culture as text

Hava Schwartz

4

elective

Total 1st Semester (suggested)

 

8 / 16

 

Summer Semester (face to face) July 2020

Teacher

Credits

 

Social Sciences and Jewish Education

Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk

2

Required

Informal and Experiential Education

Dr. Marcelo I. Dorfsman – Jonatan Ariel

2

Required

Teaching Jewish Education in places

 

2

Required

The Revival of Spoken Hebrew: cultural and linguistic aspects.  

Dr. Miri Bar-Ziv

2

Elective*

Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education

Dr. Richie Lewis – Dr. Shana Schick

2

Elective*

Teaching of Thinking in Jewish Education

Prof. Anat Zohar - Udi Tsemach

 

2

Elective**

Reading Jerusalem: Visions of Jerusalem in Israeli Literature

Dr. Rachel Korazin

2

Elective**

Total Summer Semester

 

10

 

 

 

Required courses

Credits

Elective courses*

Credits

Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

 

4

Philosophy courses

Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

4

Visions in Jewish Education

4

Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

4

Teaching Jewish texts

Jewish education and art: Visual Culture as text

4

Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

 

2

Israel Education

Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

4

Renewing the practice of Israel Education

4

Social Sciences and Jewish Education

2

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Jewish Education

4

Teaching Jewish Education in Places (summer course)

 

2

Summer courses

Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education**

2

The Revival of Spoken Hebrew: cultural and linguistic aspects**

2

Informal and Experiential Education (summer course)

2

Reading Jerusalem: Visions of Jerusalem in Israeli***

2

 

 

Teaching of Thinking in Jewish Education***

2

Sub-Total

16

 

20

Total Program

36

 

* choose 16 credits from 20 (4 courses from 6)

** choose 2 credits from 4 (1 course from 2)

*** choose 2 credits from 4 (1 course from 2)

Program Features

• 1-Year Masters Study Program
• 2 / 4 Semesters Taught Online via Distance Learning
• 4-Week Intense Summer Semester
• Universitary Tuition
• Taught all in English
• Degree granted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Admission Requirements

Requirements For Acceptance Are As Follows:
1. A GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent of 80 in an undergraduate degree in Education or in a relevant Behavioral Science or Liberal Arts major. Candidates with insufficient background in Jewish Studies and/or Education may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

2. A letter of recommendation from an educator or educational institution.
3. 
English Proficiency: Non Native English Speakers require proof of English proficiency.

 

  • TOEFL certificate (90 points or higher)
  • IELTS certificate (7 points or higher)

 

4. Statement Of Purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition & Fees

Master's Degree Tuition:

Academically, the 36 credit MA degree program is considered a two year program, where we offer students to the option of completing their studies in three intense semesters over a 10 months period. The annual tuition payments are calculated on the number of credits taken each academic year.

 

As of July 1st, 2019, the updated total tuition* is as follows:

For International Applicants**:  ₪ 34,762 ILS - approx. $9,900 USD for the full 36 credits program.

For Applicants with Israeli citizenship: ₪ 27,808 ILS - approx. $7,900 USD for the full 36 credits program.

 

For Students who wish to spread their studies over four distance learning semesters (2 years) instead of two, the tuition is split into the PROPORTIONAL amounts of the full tuition based on the number of credits per semester. In the example below, if a student splits the studies into 18 credits each year, the proportional tuition rate would be:

For International Applicants**: ₪ 17,381 ILS (Approx. $4,950 USD) for an academic year of 18 credits.

For Applicants with Israeli citizenship: ₪ 13,904 ILS (Approx. $3,950 USD) for an academic year of 18 credits.

 

Disclaimer: The approximation of the currency exchange calculation is presented based on August 2019 rates and actual rates may vary. Tuition is paid in Israeli shekels or its equivalent in other currencies at time of payment. The Hebrew University of Jerualem and the Melton Centre for Jewish education have no control over the international exchange rates students receive.

* The 2019/2020 academic year tuition fees are determined by the Israeli Council of Higher Education, using the CPI (Consumer Price Index) of July 2019. Tuition fees may be updated throughout the year in accordance with the CPI.

** International students, once accepted to the program, may be eligible to apply to Midcareer Fellowship and Onward Program grants provided. See the financial resources page for information.

 

Fees and Surcharges:

Registration and Processing Fee: $125 USD. 

 

These costs are only for university tuition fees.  Summer seminar related costs are not covered by the program, including medical insurance and dormitories.

For further information, regarding credit card payments please enter the following link

To apply for the MA program, please proceed to fill out the Online application form

For further information making the first installment and setting up a payment plan, visit the payments and installments page.