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Bellows Eshkolot

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The Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies is a year-long masters level program training female Jewish educators to become master teachers and leaders in Jewish schools in the Diaspora. The Institute is ideal for women starting their careers in Jewish education and for experienced teachers who want to enrich their knowledge and sharpen their skills.

The Eshkolot curriculum includes courses in Tanakh and Parshanut, Torah Sh’Beal Peh, Jewish Thought and Education.  The fellows are trained in advanced pedagogic methodology and the most up-to-date technological tools, enabling them to teach in formal and informal settings, in a way that is challenging, relevant and inspiring.

Courses are taught by the highest caliber scholars who are recognized in the fields of Tanakh, Jewish Studies and Pedagogy.

While studying in Eshkolot, students have the option to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or the Azrielli Graduate School, and to receive credit for a portion of their Eshkolot courses.

Graduates of Eshkolot are sought after by Jewish schools in North America, and are highly regarded in the institutions where they teach. Eshkolot has raised the bar and set a new standard of excellence for Tanakh and Jewish Studies teachers.

Eshkolot offers a limited number of financial aid grants of up to $10,000 for outstanding candidates. Priority for grants is given to students who commit to teach in North America for a minimum of two years upon completion of the program.

Eshkolot is currently accepting applications for its fourth cohort 2019-20. Apply today!

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The Biblical Commentators and their Exegesis - Lecture & Chavruta
Dr. Avigail Rock
Shivat Tzion – The Second Temple Period
Rav Alex Israel
Pedagogic Seminar: Teaching the Five Megillot
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
The Prophets and The Writings: Survey and Analysis
Rav Avia HaCohen


Semester 1: Examples of Leadership in the Book of Samuel – Pedagogic Seminar
Chaviva Shpeter
Semester 2: Personalities and Methodology in the Study of Tanakh
Guest Lecturers
Pedagogic Seminar: Teaching the Five Books of the Torah
Rav Menachem Leibtag
Semester 1: Personalities and Methodology in the Study of Tanakh
Guest lecturers
Semster2: Creativity and Styles of Learning - Pedagogy in the 21th Century
Anat Bazak


Seminar - Introduction to the Oral Law
Dr. Adina Sternberg
The Book of Exodus: 70 Facets of Biblical Exegesis
Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy
Introduction to Bible
Dr. Yael Ziegler
Semester 1: Seminar - The Biblical Exegesis of Chazal
Simi Peters
Semester 2: Examples of Leadership in the Book of Samuel Pedagogic Seminar
Chaviva Speter


Teaching the Prophets of Trei Assar - Model lessons by Eshkolot Fellows
Rabbanit Shani Taragin & Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy
Family Dynamics in Biblical Literature
Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy
Semester 1: Prayer in Tanakh
Dr. Dodi Tobin
11:45 - 13:00
Semester 2: Teaching Prayer
Rav Binyamin Zimmerman
11:45 - 13:00
Pedagogic Methodologies in Jewish Education
Dr. Lisa Fredman / Rivkie Krest
Year-long program
Four days a week

For aspiring Jewish educators and experienced teachers.

Bachelor's Degree and prior Tanakh knowledge

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Limited number of financial grants of up to $10,000 offered to outstanding candidates
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