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.
Spring Semester 2022
COURSE in English runs from 23 February - 22nd June 2022
Lectures will begin at 18:15 and end at 20:30.
Courses will be held in Kehilat Hakerem, and on Zoom (hybrid).
All lessons will be recorded and will be available to registrants on YouTube
We will be guided by Ministry of Health Green Passport guidelines in class.
See below for details of how to register and pay
Course of 12 weekly meetings
Wednesdays starting on 23 February 2022
'Abraham, Our Father':
The Image of the Patriarch in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
Lead Lecturer: Rabbi Avi Kadish
Abraham plays a central role in the philosophies and beliefs of the three major
In this course we will explore the biblical image of Avraham and learn and compare how he is perceived in Jewish sources, in the Christian bible and in the Koran. How does Abraham divide us? Can he unite us?
Introduction: The Biblical Image of Abraham
Genesis: Background, Calling, Trials and Disappointments
Genesis: The Latter Trials and Final Days of Abraham
Abraham in the Christian Tradition - Guest Lecturer: Raed Makhouli
Abraham as a Believer: The Midrash versus the New Testament
Divine Choice, Blessing, Calling and Commandment
in Jewish and Christian Interpretation
Commandments versus Gospel
Did Abraham Seek God or Discover God?
Abraham and Humanity
The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” or an act of Islam? (1)
The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” or an act of Islam? (2)
Abraham in the Muslim Tradition Guest Lecturer: Sheikh Amad Aladin, Ahmadiyya Community Haifa
Abraham of the Religions: Inclusive or Exclusive?
Abraham in the Christian Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Azar Ajaj, Church Elder Nazareth Baptist Church, Principal and Lecturer Nazareth Evangelical College
Panel: From a Conflict of Inheritance to the Abraham Accords
Registration and Payment
Full course – members of Kehilat Hakerem
Full course – non-members
Single class – members of Kehilat Hakerem
Single class – non-members
Discount for in-class participation
Discount for second course and/or spouse
Please note that only one discount may be chosen
Means of Payment
Check: deposit in Treasurer’s box
Bit and Paybox
Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel
Beneficiary in all cases:
Link to the registration form for new Midreshet Hakerem registrants: