Torah School for the Nations – Shavuot 2018

Are you coming to Jerusalem for Shavuot? Here’s a chance to learn Torah from Jewish educators in Israel. On Monday, May 21, 2018, Torah School for the Nations will be in session for a day of intensive study.

Classes are specially designed for students from the Nations and no prior background is required. Torah School for the Nations stands firmly against proselytization of all kinds.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler, editor of Ten From the Nations: Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews and Director of Torah School for the Nations will be coordinating the entire day and will be providing comments, insights and direction throughout the day.


11:15-12:10 – Learn To Read Hebrew In Six Weeks
In this session, you will be introduced to Miiko’s unique system for learning to read Hebrew. After this session, you will be able to continue your study online. Her book, Learn to Read Hebrew in Six Weeks, based on the method she will introduce to you, will be available for sale at a discount during Torah School. Copies are 80 shekels (two for 140 shekels) or $22 (two for $40).
Faculty Member: Miiko Shaffier
Miiko Shaffier is a Hebrew teacher, a certified Pilates instructor and the Community Coordinator for Neve Chabad, a newly developing Jewish village in the Negev desert. Miiko was born in Florida in 1978. She grew up mostly in Canada and spent some time living in both New York and California. She married Aaron in 2000, and in 2007 they immigrated to Israel with their young family. Miiko now lives in Be’er Sheva, the city of Abraham, with her husband and nine children. She is the author of Learn to Read Hebrew in Six Weeks.

12:15-13:10 – Secrets of the Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments- not the Ten Suggestions- are just waiting to be looked at with a keen eye towards discovering hidden secrets about the Divine Sayings as recorded in Exodus Chapter 20. They are what we see, and even more, what we don’t see.
Faculty Member: Rabbi Elan Adler
Rabbi Elan Adler was a synagogue rabbi in the United States for 25 years before making aliyah (moving to Israel) in 2010. He is known for his warm and gentle humor and for making Judaism accessible to adults.

13:15-13:35 – Art and the Jewish Calendar
Ellen will introduce the art of Hebrew microcalligraphy that follows the Biblical calendar. Selected pieces of Ellen’s artwork will be available for sale during Torah School. Prices range $30-$375. Purchase two items and choose a third as a gift.
Faculty Member: Ellen Braun is the owner, founder and artist at Ellen Miller Braun Calligraphy

13:35-14:30 – Light lunch (included with your tuition)
Kosher cheese pizza and salads. Hot and cold drinks will be available all day. The weather is expected to be fine and Torah School students who would prefer something other than pizza are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and eat in the park nearby. Only strictly kosher food may be eaten in the synagogue. There is also a fully kosher mini-market a short walk up from where Torah School will be meeting.

14:35-15:30 – Interactive Bibliodrama
Through Bibliodrama, a form of biblical investigation and play, we will connect to the stories of Abraham and Sarah and the challenges that they faced. This method has appealed to people of all ages and to members of different religions. Bibiodrama deepens the relationships of individuals to the Biblical traditions and opens new insights into ancient sources.
Faculty Member: Sharona Margolin Halickman
Sharona Margolin Halickman holds a BA in Judaic Studies and an MS in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. Sharona was the first  woman to serve as a member of the clergy of an Orthodox synagogue (1997). After moving to Israel in 2004, Sharona founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non-profit organization based in Jerusalem which provides Torah study groups for students of all ages and backgrounds. Sharona is the author of Parsha Points: Torah from the Land of Israel.

15:35-16:30 – Bible Prophecy We See Every Day In Israel
Explore the many ways that everyday life in Israel lines up with Biblical prophecy.
Faculty Member: Eliezer Braun
Eliezer Braun moved to Israel in 1983 with his family. He travels worldwide, establishing relationships with Evangelical Christians, Messianic believers, Hebrew Roots and church groups, speaking on behalf of Israel since 1994. His family includes his wife Ellen, four children and seven grandchildren. He holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and an MA in Educational Administration and Jewish Education from the University of Illinois and Spertus College of Judaica.

16:35-17:30 – Receiving The Torah God Has Given Us
Chaya Bluma will lead a creative, interactive individual and small group activity designed to help you process the day’s learning. This session will provide you with an opportunity to integrate what you’ll take home from the day’s Torah School.
Faculty Member: Chaya Bluma Hadar
After completing a BA in Behavioral Sciences and Religious Studies at Rice University, Chaya Bluma made aliyah in 1989. She is completing a master’s degree in Society and Art, focusing on bringing our intellectual knowledge into the experiential realm.

Register by May 1, 2018 and get the early bird price. A full day of learning, including lunch, is $60/person. Beginning May 2nd, the price is $75/person.

Click here to register and pay.

Partial scholarships available for those with financial need.  Contact Rivkah at if you need financial aid.

Torah School for the Nations will meet in the lower level of the Pnei Shmuel synagogue in the beautiful Judean city of Ma’ale Adumim, just east of Jerusalem. Ma’ale Adumim is easily accessible by public bus or a combination of the Jerusalem Light Rail and public bus. Round trip fare from Jerusalem is 17.70 NIS ($5) or 11.80 NIS ($3.40) depending on your starting location.

Click here to register and pay. For questions, contact Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler at


  1. Rabbi Yuter would like to be included in your project. He is an expert on the New Testament and has experience teaching Torah to non-Jewish students

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