Modern Hebrew Adult Education

Ten Sessions: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Location: Online, Zoom platform
Cost: $200

  • Beginner: Basic reading and writing, speaking simple phrases, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Intermediate: Conversation skill development, improvement in reading and writing fluency.
  • Advanced: For Fluent Speakers. Sharpening of skills and grammar, reading of Hebrew literature and discussion.
February 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5
role play
© David Kanto. Skokie Proposed Nazi March Protesters

Innovation in Jewish Education: Responding to Anti-Semitism through Role-Play

Wednesday, March 3,  6 p.m.

via Zoom

Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

This presentation will explore role-play as a pedagogy for teaching multiple perspectives and exploring challenging topics like anti-Semitism. Through multimedia we will learn about the attempted neo-Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois (1977–78), which was a Jewish hub and home to the highest concentration of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel. We will engage in a slice of an online, term-long, experiential game called the Jewish Court of All Time, where characters role-play to investigate a dilemma. By examining competing responses from the Jewish community at that time, we will uncover different perspectives on how to respond to anti-Semitism; implications for today will also be discussed. This session will address ways to teach critical thinking, identity politics and current events through this engaging pedagogy.


Rebecca Shargel, Ed.D.

Associate professor of education in the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy at Towson University.

Meredith Katz, Ed.D.

Clinical assistant professor of Jewish education in the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the The Jewish Theological Seminary of New York.



Judaism and Heresy

Judaism and Heresy: The Case of Spinoza, Freud and Tchernichovsky

Link to Recorded Webinar

Join BHI for a panel discussion of expressions of heresy in Jewish history, thought and literature.  The panel will explore the formative role of the figure of the heretic and of heretic thought in the development of the Jewish traditions in the 20th century.

Panelists: Dr. Robert Alter; Dr. Willi Goetschel; Dr. Gilad Sharvit.  Moderated by Dr. Benjamin Fisher

Co-presented by the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.