Melton Blended Masters in Jewish Education

With the changing reality of Jewish life in the Diaspora, the Melton Centre for Jewish Education is moving in new directions to adapt to these changes and to offer solutions to strengthen Jewish education in communities abroad. 

Using the M.A. track offered at the Melton Centre as a strong base, we have developed a blended On-Site and Distance MA Program (non-research intended for students’ resident overseas) in Jewish Education, which is offered to Jewish educators in Jewish communities around the world.  The program is designed for educators in both formal and informal frameworks who are interested in Jewish Education and its dialogue with the Social Sciences, Educational Philosophy, and Jewish and Israel Studies.  Studies integrate on site and distance learning elements and require 40 credits for graduation.  

The principal advantage of this program is that Jewish educators abroad who, for various reasons are not able to spend a long period in Jerusalem, will have the opportunity to study with Melton Centre faculty and enjoy the unique academic resources of the Hebrew University. In addition, an MA degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University has a competitive edge over courses offered by other institutes in terms of the academic level and prestige.

The Program

Courses in the Jewish Education MA program are intended to familiarize students with research in Jewish education and to enable the clarification of the goals, methods, practices and challenges involved in transmitting Jewish culture and teaching Jewish and Israel subjects in the Diaspora.

The study program focuses on the following general areas:

  • Social Sciences, Jewish Identity, and Informal Education
  • Philosophy of Jewish Education
  • Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education
  • Study Programs with Jewish Content
  • Educational Leadership and Innovation

Program Structure

The program consists of 40 credits of which 14 credits will be offered on site at the Hebrew University and 26 credits will be offered as distance courses.

Participants must submit two seminar papers. One seminar paper must be related to a course taught on site at the university.

The program may approve up to 4 credits taken outside the Jewish Education track either from among other Hebrew University distance courses or from universities recognized for credit by the Hebrew University. Prior approval must be obtained for courses outside the Jewish Education track.

Program Focuses

The Program has three main focuses: the first one is the Philosophy, the Sociology and the Psychology of Jewish Education and Israel Education.

This focus deals with the great issues in Jewish Education and Israel Education: Who is the educated person and who, the educated Jew? Which are the goals of Jewish Education and how can we adapt them to the issues we face today? What is the role of the Jewish educator, and how can the institution help him? What is the place of Israel in Jewish Education? How must the relations between Jewish School and Israel be?  What is the role of the Zionism in our times?

The second focus is on the teaching of Jewish texts. This focus deals with the teaching of Biblical and Talmudic texts. In the program, a few lecturers will give examples of different texts, how to analyze them in order to give the participant the necessary tools to deal with them and teach them in schools and communities. In the courses, participants will learn about different perspectives, like Philosophy of the Child, Levinas’ ethical perspective, and others. This focus is theoretical and practical, because studies involve both the fundamentals of all perspectives, and practical examples that could be implemented in the field.

The third focus is on leadership and innovation in Jewish Education. In this focus, participants will analyze their own personal vision of Jewish Education as well as their institutional vision. In the program, they will study several theories that will help them to reflect on their own Jewish educational vision. Vision, innovation and Leadership are the three main components of this focus. 


• 1-Year Masters Study Program
• 2 Semesters Taught Online via Distance Learning
• 6-Week Intense Summer Semester
• Affordable Tuition
• Taught in English
• Degree granted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


What Do You Need?
Requirements For Acceptance Are As Follows:
1. A GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent of 80 in an undergraduate degree in Education
or in a relevant Behavioral Science or Liberal Arts major. Candidates with
insufficient background in Jewish Studies and/or Education may be required to
take additional prerequisite courses.
2. Current or past involvement and experience in formal or informal Jewish
3. A letter of recommendation from an educator or educational institution.
4. English Proficiency: Non Native English Speakers require proof of English proficiency. This can be one of the following:

  • English Language exemption certificate from academic institution which teaches in English.
  • TOEFL certificate (90 points or higher)
  • IELTS certificate (7 points or higher).


Tuition & Fees:
1. Registration and Processing Fee: $250
2. Tuition: $16,250 (a first installment of $3,250 is payable upon acceptance)
3. Limited scholarships are available.
4. Included in Fees: All Classes, All Study Materials
5. Separate Add-Ons:
Flights, Accommodations in Israel and Health Insurance.
Also Available: Full Israel Orientation & Acclimatization Package.

Policy and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions


Core required courses




Social Sciences and Jewish Identity

Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk



Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

Dr. David Mendelson



Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

Prof. Yonatan Cohen



Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

Dr. Howard Deitcher




Leadership and Innovation in Jewish Education

Dr. Jonathan Mirvis




Total Core required courses



General non-core courses

Informal and Experiential Education

Dr. Marcelo Dorfsman / Jonny Ariel.



Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

Dr. Alick Isaacs.




Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Dr. Michael Gillis.




Renewing the practice of Israel Education

Dr. Alex Pomson




Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education

Prof. Marc Hirschman




The Philosophical World of the Child and its Implications for Jewish Education

Dr. Jen Glaser




Visions in Jewish Education


Dr. Ari Ackerman



The Place of Israel in Contemporary Jewish Culture and Education

Dr. Marc Silverman / Haim Aronovich



Total General non-core courses



Total Program




Academic Calendar 2016-2017

First Semester

Classes start March 7th 2016 at the Virtual Platform of the Melton Centre.

Classes end June 12th, 2016.

On-Campus 6-week Semester

Classes start July 4th, 2016 at the Melton Centre in Jerusalem on the Mount Scopus Campus.

Classes end August 12th, 2016.

The 6-week semester is composed of 3 full-class days, from 9am to 3pm (or 4pm) and 1 day practical tour on related topic. You must attend all 4 days of activities. The remaining 3 days are for homework assignment, rest and Shabbat.

Second Semester

Classes start in the middle of October 2016 at the Virtual Platform of the Melton Centre.

Classes finished at the end of January 2017.