2020-21 Classes

Find Your Place at Rachael's Centre

Whether you are an avid learner or just beginning your journey, everyone is welcome. No previous study required. Rachael’s Centre offers online courses and events in a variety of formats and lengths.

Interactive Intensive

If you prefer more opportunity for dialogue in your study of text or Mussar practice, the Interactive Intensive is your best fit. These classes are longer to allow more time to balance your reflections and questions with individual and group discussion of course material. 

Shiur

At Rachael’s Centre, a Shiur is a presentational approach that invites learners to listen and contemplate. Questions and discussion in this format are limited to ten minutes at the end of every session. Students are encouraged to further engage in the concepts and texts presented by participating in our Beit Midrash and Deep Dive discussions, which are paired with our Shiurim.

Themed Interactive

Themed Interactive course is a blend of the Shiur and Intensive Interactive models. Courses are built to explore a specific theme or topic, and class time is a mix of presentation and discussion.

Registration is open for all 2020-21 classes and programs

Learn about our best value offering, our ALL ACCESS REGISTRATION PACKAGE which covers tuition for all our learning opportunities (details listed below).

Academic Year Courses

September 2020 – June 2021

David’s Secret Chord:
Shepherd, Poet, and Warrior King

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – June 15, 2021
10:00am – 11:30am ET

An Interactive Intensive Course
– 10 months –

We will study David’s rise to Kingship within Saul’s court. The book of Samuel shows us how David became a man of the people, the beloved of God, and our hope for future redemption. Together we explore these biblical texts, as well as the Sages who struggled for the clarity of a hero within texts that celebrate his complexity.

Tuition: $2218
Includes a tax receipt for $360

Mussar: Because Sometimes Being A Mensch Requires A Methodology

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – June 17, 2021
10:00am – 11:30am ET

An Interactive Intensive Course
– 10 months –

Our intensive study of Mussar continues as we practice this ancient Jewish methodology of Tikkun Olam. Each class includes primary texts, interactive discussions, and application ideas for the week ahead. The 90-minute format allows for deep dive discussions around our themes and suggested activities.

Tuition: $2218
Includes a tax receipt for $360

Fall Term Learning

September to December 2020

The Garden of Eden: 

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Evening Study:
Wednesday, September 23 – October 28, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30pm ET
or
Daytime Study:
Tuesday, November 3 – December 8, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30pm ET

A Shiur Course
– 6 weeks –

Adam and Eve only lived in Eden for a few hours but within that time they brought complex knowledge of good and evil into the world. They also changed the course of creation from immortality as death now enters the world. Within this handful of hours, the Sages tell us of a failed conspiracy to overthrow Adam, and the human choice to never give up. Join our exploration of the Torah text as well as some of the rich midrashim that interpret it.

Tuition: $180

Mussar: Finding Empowerment and Healing the World

Wednesday, November 4 – December 9, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30pm ET

A Themed Interactive Course
– 6 weeks –

The Jewish school of Mussar is rooted in Torah and continues to grow today. It is our approach to Tikkun Olam as we learn how we empower ourselves through using our free will. The texts we will examine together focus on Jewish empowerment through the choices we make in our own lives and their impact on the world around us.

Tuition: $180

Fall Monthly Events

So Little Time… So Many Sins

A Shiur Event

Judaism is not a confessional religion yet the High Holidays are filled with liturgy about my “sins.” How do I understand that concept and its role in what I pray during the High Holidays.

This event took place on September 15th. If you would like to access the recording, please email info@rachaelscentre.com

Don’t We Have a Book for That?

Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:15-1:00pm 

A Shiur Event

Where does Torah come from? What is a Talmud and what is a Mishnah? Does my Beraita ‘beat’ your Midrash? This Shiur explains the content and contextual difference between our texts, their purpose and intent, and how we use them to bring relevance to our Jewish learning.

Tuition: $18

Rachael’s Centre offers an event once a month.
The topics for these events will be announced in advance. 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Events: 
November 19, December 10, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17.

Winter Term Learning

January to March 2021

Am I Ever Without My Angel? 

Getting To Know Our Celestial Siblings

Wednesday, January 20 – February 10, 2021
7:30 – 8:30pm ET

A Shiur Course
– 4 weeks – 

We will study the Jewish view of angels and how they affect our lives. Only a few of them have wings and they hardly ever sit on our shoulders but they are all around us all the time. Learn how to recognize them and their impact on our lives.

Tuition: $118

But That’s Not What Zayde Said! 

Jewish Myths and Bubbemeises

Wednesday, February 24 – March 17, 2021
7:30 – 8:30pm ET
 

A Shiur Course
– 4 weeks –

Is it true that you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo? What about the sheet with the hole in the middle? Let’s explore some of the myths about Jewish practice and some of the bubbemeises we’ve inherited as ‘truth.’

Tuition: $118

Spring Term Learning

April to June 2021

Reserve Me an Aisle Seat Please:
A look at Noah’s Ark

Wednesdays, April 7 – May 12, 2021
7:30 – 8:30pm ET

A Shiur Course
– 6 weeks –

Noah’s Ark is the narrative in Torah that speaks to us of stewardship, Divine regret, and the first covenant between humanity and God. The texts are filled with the subtle and unique characteristics of animals and how they help Noah understand the new world. You’ll never look at rainbows the same way again.

Tuition: $180

Mussar: Tools For Balance In Your Life

 Wednesdays, May 19 – June 23, 2021
7:30 – 8:30pm ET

A Themed Interactive Course
– 6 weeks –

The Jewish school of Mussar is rooted in Torah and continues to grow today. It is our approach to Tikkun Olam as we learn how we empower ourselves through using our free will. The texts we will examine together focus on recognizing imbalances in how we live and act and ways to restore equilibrium.

Tuition: $180

Rachael’s Centre Registration Offers

ALL ACCESS REGISTRATION PACKAGE:
Includes both Interactive Intensive courses, all Shiur and Themed Interactive courses, and all Shiur Events. 

Tuition: $5218
Includes a tax receipt for $720.

BRING A FRIEND OFFER:
When you register for a 4 or 6 week course, bring a friend who is not a current student and you both receive 15% off your course tuition fee. This discount can only be applied once per course. 

To take advantage of this offer, contact info@rachaelscentre.com

DISCOUNTS:
Rachael’s Centre offers discounts to students registered in full time academic programs and to early career professionals. Please contact info@rachaelscentre.com for more information.

AS LEARNED FROM HILLEL
It is a core value of Rachael’s Centre that learning be accessible to all who desire to study and that cost not be a barrier. Please contact info@rachaelscentre.com to discuss tuition accommodations. 
Your communication will be received with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

* All prices are listed in Canadian Dollars subject to a 13% Canadian tax rate.