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Midreshet HaKerem is a joint project of Kehilat HaKerem and Midreshet  Schechter, which is an affiliate of the Shechter Institute of Jewish Studies In Jerusalem.  

Since the early 1990s, the Schechter Institute has offered courses in Jewish studies to immigrants from Russia. Today, Midreshet Schechter offers courses in Judaism to the general public in Israel and abroad.
These courses are based on study of the sources and an examination of the meanings and values implied by them, from a critical historical point of view.

Midreshet Hakerem


How We Got Here:

The People of Israel confront Liberal Democrary and its Competitors in the Modern Age

 with Rabbi Dr. Avi Kadish

 November 2023 - January 2024


Lectures will begin at 18:15 and end at 20:30.

Courses will be held in Kehilat Hakerem, and on Zoom (surcharge for local residents - see below).

See below for details of how to register and pay


Course of 12 weekly meetings 

Wednesdays starting on 1 November 2023
The State of Israel is thriving, a blessing far beyond the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. ‎Yet at the very same time Israel (and by extension Am Yisrael as a whole) faces a grave ideo-‎logical crisis along with powerful external threats. How did we get here?‎
In this year-long course we will study how the People of Israel came face to face with the ideo‎logies of modernity. Are they reflected in Jewish tradition? What are their effects on the Jewish ‎people, and how have Jews learned –‎‏ ‏or failed to learn – the lessons of liberalism, democracy ‎and their competitors?‎
Lessons 1-3:  Does the Jewish Tradition Reflect Liberalism, Democracy and Human Rights?

Lessons 4-12:  Disintegration and the Search for New Meaning: From the Aftermath of ‎Shabbetai Tzvi to the Russian Pogroms (1666-1882)‎






1 November

   The Sanctity of the Individual - is this liberalism?‎


8 November

 Rule by Consent of the People - is this democracy?‎


15 November

A Tradition of Dialogue with Multiple Voices - is this freedom of ‎conscience?‎

22 November 

Collapse of the Kehila


29 November

The Rise of Hasidut


6 December

The Gaon of Vilna

7.  20 December
Barukh Spinoza

27 December

Moses Mendelsohn


3 January

Solomon Maimon


10 January

Reform, Orthodoxy and Assimilationism in Germany and Hungary

11. 17 January
Emancipation, Enlightenment and Wissenchaft des Judentums
24 January
The Jews of the East, Hebrew Haskalah and the Lovers of Zion

For further details and registration midrasha@hakerem.net
Telephone/WhatsApp: 052-2693758‎

The full lesson schedule for the Spring Semester will be published in the period leading to the start of ‎classes.
Course titles and content are subject to change.

Course Pricing 2023
Members‏ ‏- 1 semester 125
Members - 2 semesters  250
Members - single class   30
 Single class – non-members   60‎
Non-members - 1 semester 250
Non-members - 2 semesters 500
Non-members - single class 60
Full year in advance (register bt 16/10/23) 25%
Second course in same semester 25%
Spouse as second registrant 25%
Friend brings a friend1 25%
|Note: Up to two discounts may be chosen per semester/course
 For registration and further information by email or phone        052-2693758     midrasha@hakerem.net

Bank Transfer
Check/cheque  Deposit in Treasurer’s Box at Synagogue
Bit and PayBox 055-6671593
Cash In person

Beneficiary in all cases
Kehilat Hakerem, Karmiel

1. Friend brings a friend: This discount will be available to past participants who bring in a new participant who has never taken a course before.

2. Foreign participants: please contact us by email or WhatsApp for payment options

3. All classes will be hybrid - in class and on Zoom. Each lesson will be recorded and made availalbe on YouTube for late viewing.

Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel
The Masorti Congregation of Karmiel

Spitzer Center, 4 Sheizaf  St,
POB 568, Karmiel 2161402

קהילת הכרם כרמיאל
הקהילה המסורתית של כרמיאל
Telefax: 972-4-9582613 
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