Let My People Know
- Study Groups. Interested in studying Jewish texts?
- Chevruta or other informal study. Contact your local synagogue or Hillel for help finding a study partner or teacher for non-credit study.
- Internet and distance learning.
- Create a local group to discuss materials prepared for distance learning on, for example, Second Temple history or Jewish mysticism (offered by W.Z.O.),
A.J. Heschel (offered by Koach) or introduction to Talmud study (offered by the Jewish
Theological Seminary or HUC affiliated Maqom) or Tolerance in Traditional Torah Sources (materials prepared by the Shoresh/Pardes on Campus program of the Orthodox Union), or one that you organize -- check the Jewish Education listings at Jewishnet.
- Extensive adult education and distance learning offerings from JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary).
- Earn a Masters or PhD in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies Distance Learning Program.
- Introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
- Hebrew. The Jewish tradition is fully accessible only in Hebrew. Take a language class!
- The National Center for the Hebrew Language at 212-339-6023 has introductory and advanced ulpan listings in US and Israel; Hebrew materials on the
web; literary clubs, etc.
- For beginners, Hebrew is available on the internet from Macom or ORT. For vocabulary practice try Rosetta Stone's free internet download, or talk to the folks at Utah School for Jewish Studies, who have
tested most of the commercial programs. Or visit the JOIN reviews of Hebrew teaching software, At Home With Hebrew (which describes its own and a few competitors' products), Dor L'Dor (learning letters) or Davka Software (all sorts of Judaica and Hebrew software), Kabbalah Software (similar) or Right to Left Software (similar). For Biblical Hebrew, try this Introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
- For real beginners: Free Hebrew Alphabet Flash Cards.
- More advanced students can see our listings of Israeli media (including Israeli TV and radio news on the web), the Hebrew University's Virtual Library, borrow from a Judaica
library or form a local reading/discussion group. For more Hebrew resources on the web, visit our links page.
- For additional Israel based programs see the Israel listings below. For additional Israeli related web connections, including the results of our survey of cheap phone rates to Israel, see the Israel section of Ganzeh Galus Guide's Jewish web links page.
- Take an internet-based Hebrew language course (if anyone has tried this company, please write us with an evaluation): HebrewOnline.com
- Do you know the correct Hebrew for "Home Page," "rollerblade" or "cellphone"? Learn a brand new word at the Hebrew Language Academy.
- Yiddish. Summer programs (for credit) in Yiddish at YIVO/Columbia University (NYC) and Oxford; see Ganzeh Galus Guide's Summer, Semester, study abroad, etc. page for more details.
The National Center for Yiddish Books now has an interesting magazine as well as a museum and a useful website that also serves as a gateway to Yiddish
on the web. Visit Yiddisha: useful Yiddish vocabulary. For other internet resources, see Ganzeh Galus Guide's Jewish Web Links Page.
- Study or Work in Israel. The Jerusalem Report prepares a superb guide to dozens of Israel-based programs annually in October or November. Contact information for and descriptions
of some of the most popular Israel programs appear on Ganzeh Galus Guide's Israel Programs; Summer, Semester & Year Programs Page. For still more, see The Israel Experience, the W.Z.O. Israel site, or the W.Z.O. U.S.D. (University Student Dep't) North American site (1- 800-27ISRAEL).
Term, summer and longer programs including kibbutz (ulpan and volunteer); university summer, semester, one year, Junior Year Abroad and graduate study programs; yeshiva and rabbinical academies
from Reconstructionist to Orthodox; archaeological digs; kibbutz study programs on kibbutz, environmental issues and more; Hebrew and Yiddish language study; summer schools in the US, Israel
and Europe; arts programs in Israel, Young Professionals internships in Israel, aliyah and more. Scholarship assistance is available for many of the programs. Check out our Programs page.
W.Z.O. U.S.D. will set up a "Israel Information Fair" on request on campus. Call (800) 27-ISRAEL. See what you are missing: take a web-tour of Jerusalem at Jerusalem Mosaic.
- Israel News Services. Read, listen to or watch the news in English or Hebrew. See Ganzeh Galus Guide's listings of Jewish and Israeli Media links.
- Israeli Politics and Culture on the Web. See our Israel and Hebrew web links listings.
- Telephone Israel. See our listings of cheap phone service to Israel.
- More Study Opportunities Domestically and Abroad. Check our Summer, Semester, and Study Abroad page for extensive listings of Israeli University One Year
programs, Summer Schools, and our Conferences page for out-of-town conferences, short term study opportunities and courses.
Here are some ideas for projects you could organize. Or borrow an idea from a large, well-funded Hillel, such as Harvard
Hillel or Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life's X-Change listing of successful programing from small and large Hillels around the country. International Hillel grants and some local funding are available for both student and faculty initiated projects.
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