Interactive Learning

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Now we're getting really formal - but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Keep in mind what the goals are - is it just to impart information or also to build relationships, is it to be a teacher or to create a deep relationship with Torah, is it a one-sided giving or a process of shared experiences and mutual benefits?

1 on 1 Chavruta Learning is often a great forum to do all of the above. College is a place where people go to gain knowledge and grow, so why not try learning Jewish topics with a friend? Try to not make it too formal, as that would remove some of the unadulterated power of peer-to-peer relationships. One thing we found useful was to break workshops up into smaller groups so it's not 1-on-10, but rather 5 groups of 1-on-2, or 10 pairs of 1-on-1. Such a class could greatly strengthen a campus Jewish community’s cohesiveness, inclusion, and Jewish knowledge.


NJOP offers a great Hebrew class - Hebrew Reading Crash Course. They also have Level II, One Day Review, and Hebrew Writing Crash Course. You can also look into doing it as part of their nationwide program Read Hebrew America/Canada. For more information, call 1-800-44-HEBRE

You can also attempt this on your own if you'd like - just pick up a Siddur and start going through it. This siddur has a very helpful chart of the aleph bet and vowels on the first page.


NJOP has a Crash Course In Basic Judaism, covering the topics of Belief in God, Prayer, The Sabbath, Jewish Observance, and Sexuality. They also have a Crash Course in Jewish History. Both of these are free, easy to teach, introductury and give a pretty good overview. Contact them to find out more.