Me'ah: The Quest for Personal and Communal Transformation

By David Starr

Wexner Foundation, 1999

Judaism is for grown-ups. But adult learning has always been a tough nut to crack. A program in Boston may have changed all that. Boston's Hebrew College and the local Commission on Jewish Continuity, an arm of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, embarked together in fall 1994 on a new initiative for adult learning called Me'ah (literally, 100). Prospective students were asked to commit to one hundred classroom hours of study, over a two-year period. Me'ah's founders hoped that the program would encourage personal and communal transformation. On the communal level, they wanted to foster a new relationship among institutions that were part of Boston's organized Jewish community. And on the personal level, they hoped that the lives of their students would be changed by their exposure to a radically different level of Jewish study than had been available to them before.

Topic: Jewish Content, Jewish Organizations, Adult Education, Community Building

Name of Publication: Jewish Leadership Case Series

Volume/Issue: No.2

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Boston, Massachusetts

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Starr, David. Me'ah: The Quest for Personal and Communal Transformation. Jewish Leadership Case Series. Wexner Foundation. 1999:


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