Project Zug, the online havruta learning platform powered by Hadar, will launch its eleventh cycle on March 11, 2018. Registration is now open!

Project Zug connects individuals through curated one-on-one high quality Jewish learning. Now more than ever it is so important to connect with Jews around the world, from America to Israel to Russia – both secular and religious – to bridge gaps in the Jewish world. Let Project Zug match you with a learning partner, or sign up with a friend. The learning platform is for all ages, and allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home – whenever you want!

One participant from last year said, “Project Zug is a real gift to yourself. It’s an opportunity to stop each week for study, and to open your eyes to topics you have never considered before. It is based in Jewish text, but is very modern in nature.”

Project Zug courses cover a wide variety of topics, from the songs of Leonard Cohen to Jewish philosophy, to social justice. This spring, Project Zug features two brand new courses, bringing the total of course options to 30.

Bob Dylan: A Jewish Journey Between Home and Exile,” a course created by Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, will dive deep into the life and themes of Bob Dylan’s music that have brought great questions that have driven religious and spiritual quests for millennia to the radio. While Dylan’s challenge to a generation of seekers is universal, it also resonates strongly with the continuing Jewish journey between home and exile in America. Dylan’s restlessness models how, even as Jews have felt more at home in America than perhaps any other country or kingdom in the past two thousand years outside of the Land of Israel, they have also wrestled with their individual and collective Jewish purpose in ways that intertwine with and influence not just rock and roll, but the American spirit as a whole.

Building Jewish Pluralism,” a course put together by Rabbi Yonah Hain in partnership with Hillel International, will investigate pluralism as a value in Jewish life. We will study various dimensions of pluralism and its limits through both text and case studies, empowering participants to live in communities of diverse multiple Jewish identities. Discuss questions like: How do I live a life of conviction while remaining tolerant of others? How can I emphasize what’s right for one may not be right for another without falling into relativism? How do I satisfy diverging contingents within my community? What are the limits of pluralism?

“Learning with someone I did not know gave me a great new perspective and insight that I may not have gotten from studying with people with whom I have an established relationship.”

The value of havruta, one-on-one paired learning, reaches far beyond just engagement with the content. Start your journey today with Project Zug.