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Project Oded: Continuing Education

The Jack and Sue Becker Project Oded Continuing Education Program

We are a “Beit Midrash” for those seeking on-going studies in a responsive, open, and co-educational community. The study of traditional Jewish texts is pursued in a warm congenial, intellectually stimulating environment, with a “Klal Yisrael” perspective and respect for different Jewish lifestyles and ideas. Our goal is Jewish literacy! Our subjects include a wide selection of contemporary and classical topics. Our classes meet daily Sunday through Thursday. Classes are ongoing so that students may join us at any time throughout the year. Choose one or more classes. See our current class schedule below.

General information

  • The Monday Evening Forum meets throughout the year.
  • The Oded reading room and library is available after classes.
  • Cost: 10 NIS Per Class (unless noted otherwise).
  • A contribution to Project Oded is a great gift idea!

Class schedule

From August 31, 2014

Classes are on-going so you may join us any time. Language of instruction is English. Join us each morning for coffee before class. For the vacation schedule, see below.


4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
A Page of Talmud
Dr. Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva emeritus of the Conservative Yeshiva.

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Pirkei Avot
Explore the world of the “Ethics of the Sages”.
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein, Sr. Lecturer in Talmud and Midrash

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
The Return To Zion: 1880 – 1948

Peta Jones Pellach, Director of Education at the Elijah Interfaith Institute

8:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Forum: weekly lecture series
Guest Lecturers throughout the year (20 NIS)


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Amos, Hosea, Judges: an indepth study and analysis
Rabbi Gail Diamond, Associate Director of the Conservative Yeshiva

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
Parshat Hashavua: Torah Portion of the Week
Historical , critical and traditional methodology.
Rabbi Edward S. Romm, Director of Education, Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Two Jews, three Shuls
Explore the different streams in Judaism – where they came from and where they are going.
Rabbi Sid Slivko, popular and well known Jewish educator

10:45 a.m.
The Temple Mount
the history and happenings of Judaism’s holiest site.

Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, Fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Hebrew for Hebrew Speakers: Practice speaking Hebrew & build up your vocabulary by reading and discussing newspaper articles.
Meira Stern-Glick, ulpan teacher

6:15 p.m.
Consensus: Programs in the Russian Language
Coordinated by Yosef Begun, former Prisoner of Zion


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
A Page of Talmud
Dr. Pesach Schindler

10:45 a.m.
Oded Library & Reading Room available

Vacation Schedule 5775

There are no classes as follows:
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 24 until Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Sukkot Vacation: Wednesday, October 8 – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purim Vacation: Wednesday, March 4-Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pesach Vacation: Thursday, April 2 – Friday, April 10, 2015

Israel Independence Vacation: Wednesday & Thursday, April 22- 23, 2015

Jerusalem Day Vacation: Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shavuot Vacation: Sunday & Monday, May 24 – 25, 2015