MA Online - Policy and Procedures


Blended Masters in Jewish Education - University Teaching and Learning Policy and Procedures –

This document includes teaching policy and procedures relevant to a long-distance study program, and are compatible with the procedures of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Click here for the full document of Teaching Policy and Procedures.



The Teaching Policy and Learning Procedures have been designed to clarify most academic-administrative procedures common to all students studying in the online MA program in Jewish Education.

These procedures were determined by the Teaching Committee of the Melton Center and conform to the procedures prescribed by the Hebrew University Teaching and Learning Policy and Procedures Committee.  Issues not addressed or exceptional cases, whether they are matters of principle or relate to a group of students or an individual student, will be considered by the Teaching Committee of the Melton Center, and if necessary, will be referred to the Chair of the Committee for Teaching and Learning Policy and Procedures (Va’adat Nahal) for a decision.  The Chair also serves as the tribunal for appeals against decisions made by the Center in areas under the jurisdiction of the University’s Teaching and Learning Policy and Procedures Committee.

1. Terms of Acceptance to the Program

A student who applies to the study program, must submit:

  • Official academic records and BA certificate from an institution recognized by the Hebrew University, with a grade point average of at least 80 or its equivalent
  • Grade records and a certificate of completion of studies
  • CV
  • Registration form
  • If English is not the student’s mother tongue, proof of exemption from English as a Foreign Language from a recognized institution.

For additional information on English as a Foreign Language, please see page 19 of General Procedures.


2. Supplementary Studies

Upon acceptance to the program, each student is advised of the required supplementary studies. Students who are not graduates of the School of Education or of a department of Jewish Studies will be required to take supplementary courses in order to ensure their successful and fruitful integration into the MA program. Supplementary courses must be completed by the beginning of the second semester of the program.

Supplementary course grades will not count towards the grade point average of the degree.

For additional information on Supplementary Studies, please refer to page 9 in the General Procedures.


3 Courses

3.1.1 The courses are detailed at the Melton Centre’s website.  Notification of changes will appear on the website and on the noticeboards in the Centre.

3.1.2 The lecturer will publicize the course program on the Centre’s website, including a description and its aims.  In addition, the lecturer will inform the students in writing, no later than the first week, of the course requirements and the components of the final grade point average. 

3.1.3 The language of instruction is English.

3.1.4 There are two types of courses:

a. Online courses:  held on the Moodle site of the Centre for Jewish Education during the first and second semester of the program.

b. Frontal courses: held at the Centre for Jewish Education, during the summer semester of the program.


3.2 Course Attendance Requirements

3.2.1 Attendance in classes, exercises, seminars etc. is compulsory.  Irregular participation in these courses could deny the student’s right to receive a final course grade.

3.2.2 Participation in online courses entails weekly submission of assignments and/or active participation in discussion groups, as required by the lecturer and the course requirements.


3.3 Course Load

3.3.1   All courses offered in the study program are compulsory.

3.3.2   A student is entitled to take exams in all the courses that are part of their course-work schedule and the grades will be listed on their record of studies.

3.3.3 The final grade point average will be determined by all the required courses for the degree as well as two seminar papers that the student will choose, one based on an online course and one based on a summer semester course.

For further information on course procedures, please refer to page 21 in General Procedures.


3.4 Academic Credit

3.4.1 Credit reflects the number of course hours, as published in the course program.  .

3.4.2 To fulfil all the requirements for the degree the student must complete 40 credits, including two seminar papers.

A detailed list of credits per course appears in the course program.  Below please find the 2016-2017 study program.


3.5  Seminar Paper

  • Definition:  A seminar paper is an extensive paper, theoretical and in-depth, that discusses a specific issue from a course the student studied during his/her degree.
  • Selecting the topic:  Students must submit a seminar paper in two courses: one online course and one summer semester course.  Students must inform the lecturer, during the course (and not after it has ended), of their intention to write a seminar paper within the framework of the course, in order to receive specific instructions on how to carry this out.
  • General style of a seminar paper:  20-25 pages (size 12 font, double-spaced), 10 to 15 bibliographic items (APA citation).  Students must consult with the lecturer with regard to the specific structure of the paper
  • Submitting a seminar paper:  Papers must be submitted no later than three months after the conclusion of the course.  Students must arrange consultation sessions with their lecturer in preparation for submitting the final paper.
  • Course requirements:  A student who submits a seminar paper in a course is exempt from having to write a final paper for this course.  The lecturer will base the student’s final grade on his/her work throughout the course.


1st. Semester




Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

Dr. Howard Deitcher



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

Dr. Alick Isaacs.



Visions in Jewish Education

Dr. Ari Ackerman



Total 1st Semester




Summer Semester

Social Sciences and Jewish Identity

Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk



The Place of Israel in Contemporary Jewish Culture and Education

Dr. Marc Silverman / Haim Aronovitz



Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

Prof. Yonatan Cohen



Informal and Experiential Education

Dr. Marcelo Dorfsman / Jonny Ariel.



Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education

Prof. Marc Hirshman




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

Dr. Jen Glaser




Total Summer Semester




2nd. Semester

Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Dr. Michael Gillis




Renewing the practice of Israel Education

Dr. Alex Pomson




Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

Dr. David Mendelson



Leadership and Innovation in Jewish Education

Dr. Jonathan Mirvis



Total 2nd Semester




Total Program



4.      Written Assignments

The procedures in this section relate to written assignments, such as: mid-course assignments (exercises, reports); take-home tests; final course papers, seminar papers etc.

4.1 Submission Dates

4.1.1 Submission date – 1st Semester

  • No later than two weeks from the end of the semester

4.1.2   Submission date – Summer Semester

  • Until the end of September

4.1.3   Submission date – 2nd Semester

  • No later than two weeks from the end of the semester


For additional information, please refer to page 34 in the General Procedures.                  


5.  Termination of Studies

5.1.1 Students or candidates who terminate their studies during the academic year (even if they have not submitted a course-work schedule) must notify the Melton Centre Student Secretariat by fax or a registered letter.

5.1.2 A student who has paid a deposit but did not commence studying, is entitled to a full refund excluding a $250 administrative fee for registration.


5.1.3 A student who notifies of his/her termination of studies within three weeks of the start of the program is eligible to receive a full refund on tuition fees except for the $500 advance payment.

5.1.4 A student who commenced studying and leaves three weeks from the start of the course, and took supplementary courses, will receive a monetary refund excluding the $3250 deposit.

5.1.5 A student who was required to study individual courses or a full semester will be charged according to an amount equal to $400 per a credit.

For general information on this, please refer to page 41 in the General Procedures.


6. Degree Eligibility

6.1.2 The final grade for an MA degree will be determined based on the following components:

  • Course grade average – 70%
  • 1st seminar paper – 15%
  • 2nd seminar paper – 15%

Additional information on degree eligibility can be found on page 44 of the General Procedures


All issues not included in this document, will be treated in accordance with the General Teaching Policy and Procedures of the Hebrew University.