Category Archives: Me’ah


Me’ah – The Second Time Around

What would motivate a mature woman with limited discretionary time to sit in a classroom for 3 hours once a week and agree to take on at least “some” homework? Me’ah! And why? Easy. Me’ah is so intellectually exciting and learning with other adult learners – rarely like-minded – is the stuff of personal renewal and growth.  The program is geared towards the intelligent adult learner who is not already… Read Article →


Reflections on a Journey to and Through Me’ah

Now that my Me’ah cycle is complete, I want to express a few thoughts on the experience and how it shaped my relationship to Judaism. First, about me: an “interested gentile,” mostly nonbelieving, with one foot in Jewish practice and observance. Married into Judaism, understanding that we would raise our child as a Jew. The seeds were planted much earlier, however, as much in Judaism resonated for me: the ethical… Read Article →


Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the next three hours, with the help of biblical scholar Dr. Lynne Heller, the students grappled… Read Article →


“Wow”–The Jewish Story in Context

“Wow.” Although somewhat inarticulate this word seems to best describe my initial feelings as I complete my Me’ah reading for the week. However, this is no ordinary week. This is the final week, the final reading of two years, four semesters, forty Thursday nights and one hundred hours of class. It’s a strange feeling, this “wow.” There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment in this “wow.” Although, once I began… Read Article →


One Voice Followed By A Symphony

The following exchange between a student (Peter S.) and one of his instructors (Lynne H.) speaks to the Me’ah journey. Dear Lynne, It was so nice to see you at the graduation dinner for Me’ah. I still recall happily the beginning of Me’ah two years ago, studying Bible with you. It was very impressive to see the way you used scholarship, teaching, and above all enthusiasm to engage our minds…. Read Article →

Community Blog A Journey of Return

A Journey of Return

For more than 40 years, my Jewish heritage was the farthest thing from my conscious mind, even though my background is stronger than most. Both my parents and my beloved aunt were graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teachers Institute. I went to the Yeshivah of Flatbush for eight years, then attended Marshalea Hebrew High School and Camp Ramah, took two long trips to Israel (last in 1960) and spent… Read Article →


Hooked on Adult Learning… on account of Me’ah!

Me’ah is crack for the Jewish intellect (soul, identity).  Stimulating, comforting, lively, addictive – always leaving you wanting more. It is a very well thought out curriculum, a perfect mix of history, philosophy, sociology, individual personalities. Each meeting opened a window onto whole areas of interest and scholarship. From Me’ah I developed a real sense of how we developed over time into the people we are, eg. argumentative, community-oriented, stiff-necked… Read Article →


From Blissful Ignorance to Me’ah: Judaism “Catch Up”

I have always been Jewish–at least culturally. Yiddish, Jewish music, and of course Jewish food were evident in my home and that of my great grandparents who came from the “old country.” Although I didn’t have a bat mitzvah and usually attended services just on the High Holidays, I did go to a Reform Sunday school in a Boston suburb through confirmation, post-confirmation, and post-post-confirmation. Complexities regarding biblical heroes and… Read Article →

Community Blog My Connection to Judaism

My Connection to Judaism

Me’ah was one of those things you heard about at synagogue meetings, Kiddush, the JCC or other places Jews in the community gather. Most of our friends knew about the two year course of study, and some of the braver types with young children had even taken it. Everyone we spoke to said we must do it! So, as soon as both our kids were off to college, we signed up. One… Read Article →


When Piano Practice Slides and Class Time Flies

I am a happy participant in a Me’ah study group, having recently completed my first year of the two-year study program. Although at times a daunting amount of reading for an over-scheduled professional, the Me’ah program rewards amply (and, indeed, I have kept up with the reading, letting things like piano practice slide). I signed up for Me’ah because I come from a nonobservant family and have felt a missing… Read Article →