Join us for our third annual Pesah course of Project Zug!


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About Our Pesah Course
Each year, Jews around the world spend the weeks leading up to Pesah (Passover), preparing themselves for zman heiruteinu, the time of our freedom. Now, more than ever, many of us seek nourishing connections with each other and with our tradition to give us a sense of stability and hope. For the third year in a row, Project Zug has developed a special Pesah course in collaboration with a Hadar faculty member. Everyone who signs up for this year's Pesah offering will learn this brand new course at the same time during these weeks leading up to the holiday. When learning begins you will dive into four sessions of Passover learning with your havruta, or study partner. Throughout the duration of your learning there will be two live virtual Zoom lectures with Dena Weiss, this year's course creator, to help anchor your learning and connect you with other havrutas learning the course alongside you. These lecture opportunities are unique to our holiday course offerings. This course is designed to help you prepare for fruitful conversations around the Seder table. We hope you enjoy it!


What will we learn?


The Stories We Tell and What Stories Tell Us: Storytelling on Passover and Beyond

Telling our story is something we do so frequently that we rarely think about it. Unconsciously, we choose how long to speak for, which details to highlight and which to omit, and look for the impact our telling has on the listener. On Pesah, this process is moved to our conscious behavior as we're called upon to recount the Exodus from Egypt as if we were there, as if it were our own personal story. 

In this course you will investigate the role of storytelling in the Seder and also beyond it. What are the stories that we tell? Why do we tell them? How can we get more out of them? And how can telling a familiar story in a new way change who we are?

Faculty: Dena Weiss


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Schedule of Learning



Registration Closes: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 5pm Eastern

Receive Havruta and Course Information: Sunday, March 12, 2023

Weekly Learning with Havruta: March 12, 2023 - April 16, 2023

Live Virtual Lecture #1: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 7:30pm Eastern Time

Live Virtual Lecture #2: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7:30pm Eastern Time


We hope you can join us for the live lectures, but if you can’t, don’t worry too much! We’ll be recording the lectures and emailing them out afterwards to anyone registered for the course.




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 Dena Weiss?

The Pesah Cycle includes two live virtual lectures 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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