Inspired, Intensive Learning for Adults of All Backgrounds.

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Interested in starting Me’ah in fall 2017? Register here or ask Rita in the office for a registration form.

Beginning on Sunday, October 15, 2017

Class time 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Cost – $650 for the first year (Financial aid is available, see below)

To find out more, contact Mark Beal.


Me’ah (Hebrew for “100”) will take you on a FASCINATING 100-hour journey (spread out over two years and four semesters)  through Jewish history.

The course follows the narrative of the Jewish people from ancient times to present. It refers to core texts and delves deeply into the history of four key eras-biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern- in order to build a foundation of knowledge and greater meaning about our Jewish heritage.

Your expert “tour guides” are top scholars from Hebrew College who will lead you through…

Year One:

  • The Hebrew Bible, the central text of ancient Israel and the foundational text for Judaism through the ages.
  • The Rabbinic Period, when new Jewish sages and rabbis developed a profound legal and religious way of life.

Year Two:

  • The Medieval Period, where we will consider the remarkable achievements of Jews living under Islamic or Christian rule.
  • The Modern Period, wherein differing ideological viewpoints mirror issues facing Jews from the 18th century to the present.


Semester One Instructor – Lynne Heller, PhD

Dr. Heller has taught for Me’ah for over 15 years, and is a warm and engaging instructor, with a passion for literature and the Bible, and whose pupils routinely give her the highest scores for teaching and learning.

Lynne Heller combines a passion for the biblical text and wide-ranging knowledge of it with her academic background in comparative literature and Jewish studies. Deeply committed to teaching adults, she has taught in Hebrew College’s Kol Isha, as well as the Ma’ayan, CJP Genesis and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens programs. She has also taught Bible in the Rabbinical School. Heller holds a Ph.D in English and comparative literature from New York University and is a graduate of the MIDRASA, Hebrew Teachers College, established by the Yeshivah of Flatbush in New York City. Her essay, “Teaching to the Head and the Heart: The Power of Weeping,” was recently published in “Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education” (Avenida Books, 2014).

More Information About Me’ah

Me’ah (the Hebrew word for 100) is an outstanding program promoting excellence in adult Jewish education. Sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and run by Hebrew College, Me’ah brings world class scholars and teachers to the community to teach a sophisticated course in Jewish history and thought. The class lasts two years and encompasses 100 hours of learning. As it is taught in local synagogues and institutions, it is easier for members of the community to participate.

The classes are stimulating and academic, but also introduce students to patterns of Jewish thought and ritual tradition. The teaching and readings are at the level of what a student in college might experience in an introductory course on Judaism and the Jewish People; please see the FAQ for more. Those who have participated in Me’ah finish the class with an appreciation of the scope of Jewish history and life and are prepared to delve more deeply into a variety of Jewish subject material.

Temple Beth David has hosted three Me’ah classes that have met at the synagogue. We are now recruiting for a new Me’ah class that will begin in October, 2017. One does not need to be a member of Temple Beth David to participate. The cost is $650 for the first year. Financial aid is available, please contact Sara Brown at Hebrew College for more information.

A detailed class schedule will be provided to all registrants during the summer of 2017. No classes will be held on legal holidays, Jewish holidays, or during public school vacation weeks.

Please complete and sign the application form and send it, along with a $200 deposit made payable to Temple Beth David by October 2, 2017.

As always, the classes will be taught by master teachers whose enthusiasm for adult learning is evident in every class.

To find out more, contact Mark Beal.