Oded Virtual Mini Courses

Project Oded is a “Beit Midrash” for those seeking on-going studies in an engaging, dynamic, and egalitarian community. The study of traditional Jewish texts is pursued in an inviting and intellectually stimulating environment, with an inclusive perspective with respect for different Jewish lifestyles and ideas. Our classes include a selection of contemporary and classical topics. Classes are ongoing so that students may join us at any time.

Check back soon for updates on upcoming classes!

Rabbi Adam Frank

Mishna Study: Pirkei Avot in Action with Rabbi Adam Frank

The Mishna tractate called Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Ancestors) is viewed as a work of wisdom and guidance. This class will explore and uncover non-traditional wisdom and question the guidance they provide 21st century Judaism.


Style of Class: Opinions & responses to probing questions presented by the instructor.
Five sessions, Thursdays 02/18/21 until 03/18/21
Time: 9:30am CET/ 10:30am Israel
Length of Class: 1 hour

Bracha Feder

Morning Courses in North America

Pesach: An Unceasing Story with Bracha Feder

An Exploration of Characters, Conflicts, and Concepts Central to our On-going Exodus Narrative

Style of Class: Lecture, Q&A
Five sessions, Tuesdays 02/16/21 until 03/16/21
Time: 9:30am Pacific/ 12:30pm EST/ 6:30pm CET/ 7:30pm Israel
Length of Class: 1 hour

Peta Jones Pellach

Let Us Sing Songs of Zion: Poets and Poetry of Jerusalem with Peta Jones Pellach

Share some of the uplifting, joyful, inspiring, and thought-provoking songs and poetry which were written by the poets and lyricists of this city: The Psalmist King David, Rav Kook, Zelda, Nomi Shemer, and Yehuda Amichai. In each session, we will focus on one of the personalities who have been inspired by the culture of Jerusalem.

Style of Class: Lecture, Q&A
Five sessions, Wednesdays 02/17/21 until 03/17/21
Time: 10:00am Pacific/ 1:00pm EST/ 7:00pm CET/ 8:00pm Israel
Length of Class: 1 hour

Bex Stern Rosenblatt

Morning Course in Israel

The Song of Songs: Erotic Notions of the Divine with Bex Stern Rosenblatt

In her dream he says, “Open to me, my love, my perfect one, for my head is full of dew, my locks dripping with drops of night,”. (Song of Songs 5:2-4) As our rabbis understand it, this passage describes God’s willingness to take Israel back to him after it has sinned. We’ll read the Song of Songs on two levels, delighting in the wonderfully evocative sexual metaphors and exploring how they might make sense as a framework for conceptualizing God.

Style of Class: Lecture and Hevruta
Five sessions, Mondays 02/22/21 until 03/22/21
Time: 09:00am Pacific/12:00pm EST/ 6:00pm CET/ 7:00pm Israel
Length of Class: 1 1/2 hours

Sign Up for One to Four Classes the More You Learn, the Less You Pay!

One course: $36

Two courses: $60

Three courses: $85

Four courses: $100

*Oded classes are made possible thanks to our supportive community and The Jack and Sue Becker Project.

**Special Rate for Jewish Laymen’s Institute for More Information Contact: israel@uscj.org