Project Zug Pesah Cycle

Join us for our first ever Pesah Cycle of Project Zug!


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About the Pesah Cycle
Each year, Jews around the world spend the weeks leading up to Pesah (Passover), preparing themselves for Zman Heiruteinu, the time of our freedom. This year, many of us have been staying in our houses full time. Now, more than ever, we are seeking connections with each other and with our tradition to give us a sense of stability and hope. For the first time ever, Project Zug will have a special Pesah Cycle, in which everyone will learn the same course at the same time. After kicking off with a live virtual lecture with Rabbi Aviva Richman, you will dive into four crucial Passover rituals with your havruta, or learning partner, over four weeks. Our learning will conclude with another live virtual lecture just three days before the first night of Passover, preparing you for fruitful conversations around the Seder table.


What will we learn?


The Seder and the Song of Songs: A Love Story in Four Scenes

In this course, we will approach the story we tell at the seder - maggid - through the lens of Song of Songs, the megillah associated with the holiday of Passover. Each year at the seder, we tell a love story - the story of how the relationship between God and Israel began. Many people like to tell and retell the story of how they fell in love - trying to identify a pivotal moment, relating the challenges and obstacles that stood in the way. As we learn together, we will focus on four scenes in rabbinic midrash that aim to identify the pivotal moment when we “fell in love” with God, and God “fell in love” with us. We will look at each of these scenes closely over four sessions, asking what each teaches us about the Exodus story, and the twists and turns of being in a deep relationship.

Faculty: Rabbi Aviva Richman

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Schedule of Learning


Registration Closes: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm Eastern
Receive Havruta and Course Information: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Live Virtual Kickoff Lecture: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern Time
Weekly Learning with Havruta: February 28, 2021 - March 23, 2021
Live Virtual Concluding Lecture: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern Time




What is a havruta?

A havruta is a learning partner! You and your havruta will study each of the Project Zug handouts together at a time that works best for the two of you. Take time to read the texts out loud to each other, stop to ask questions along the way, and find ways to personalize the learning together.


How does havruta matching work?

In the registration form, you will let us know whether or not you would like for us to match you with a havruta. You can tell us a little about yourself, and any preferences you have for the person you learn with (ie. learning background, timezone, age). We will read through everything you provide and do our very best to find you a great fit.


What if I already have a havruta?

If you already know who you would like to learn with, just let us know in the registration form and we will make sure to match you to learn together. Both people must register in order to be paired.


How does the structure of the course work?

This course is structured into 4 pdf handouts, which each will take roughly 30-45 minutes to learn. You do not need to do any preparation - you and your havruta will go through the source materials together and respond to the questions (and ask your own questions!). 


There are four short videos that you will watch before each handout to help with framing. You can watch these before you meet with your havruta, or you can choose to watch them together.


What is my interaction with Rabbi Aviva Richman?

The Pesah Cycle includes two live virtual lectures (a kickoff and a concluding lecture) through Zoom. There is no interaction with the educator in between during the weekly havruta learning - this part is entirely self-guided and paced!


When will my havruta and I learn?

We suggest learning once per week, but the timing is entirely up to you! You and your havruta will connect via email or phone and decide on a time that works best for both of you. Project Zug is flexible and allows you to learn on your own timeframe.


How will my havruta and I learn together?

You and your havruta should choose a platform that works best for you. Many people choose to use a preferred video chat platform (such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime), whereas others will learn via phone or in person.


Do I need to know Hebrew?

Absolutely not!


How can I connect with other people throughout the Pesah Cycle?

Project Zug has an online forum to share what you are learning and engage with others. Just send a message through the forum, and everyone taking the course will receive it and be able to respond.


Is there a cost?

Yes, we charge on a sliding scale between $36-180, per person for each course. Please choose an amount that feels right to you. If cost is a barrier, please reach out ( and we will find a way to make it work! 


What is included in the Pesah Cycle?

This special Pesah Cycle includes 2 live virtual lectures (on Zoom), 4 handouts to learn with you havruta, and 4 short videos of the course educator to help frame the content and guide you through your learning.


I want to do this as a part of the group, how can I do that?

We work with many partner organizations to bring havruta learning through Project Zug to their communities. Learn more here and reach out to - we would love to set up a personalized consultation to discuss how to bring this experience to your community.


I have another question that wasn’t answered here.

No problem! Email us at and someone will get back to you shortly. 


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