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Tell us about yourself and what you are looking for in a learning partner.
Pick a Course
Study with an inspiring teacher. Delve deeply into a familiar topic or explore something totally new.
Meet Your Havruta
Connect with your partner “face-to-face” through your preferred video-chat technology
Learn Together
Use our online platform to explore your topic through texts, guiding questions, and short videos.
Not eating food in the same way as everyone else has been one of the central markers of Jewish identity for millennia. But many core questions about this practice of Kashrut remain open. Why do we...
Wrestle with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives, through the lens of traditional Jewish texts.In this course, we’ll consider questions like:...
When we say "the rabbis" of the Talmud, who are we talking about? What stories do we tell about them and what can we learn from them? How does a religious leader's personality drive or hinder their...
Music is the soul's native language: a prayer, a divine ladder upon which we climb between the Earth and the Heavens. But music also reaches horizontally across our social fractures and dogmas and...
Hadar Institute
Hadar Institute
Hadar Institute
Hadar Institute
What does "zug" mean?
Zug is Hebrew for partner. A learning partner is called a Havruta. Learning online with a great havruta? That’s called Project Zug!
How will I be paired?
Individuals are matched in a havruta based on their course preferences given at the time of registration.
How is course structured?

The course is structured into 10 or 4 pdf handouts. 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 throughout the course of the educator to help you to hear their framing and understand them better. In a 10 session course, there are videos before sessions 1, 4, 7, and 10 (or every session in a 4-part course). You can watch these before you meet with your havruta, or you can choose to watch them together.

When do we meet?
Each Zug/pair will schedule their online video conversation at a time convenient to their schedules. It will be challenging with the time difference, but it is doable!
How long do we meet?
Thirty-to-forty minutes a week, using Skype or Google hangout (both are free).
What is my relationship with the course educator?

There is no live interaction with the educator, however, there are short videos throughout your learning to help guide you and get to know them. The actual learning happens between you and your havruta!

Do we have to stick to the questions?
No, this format is the jumping off point for connecting. There is much to bring into the conversation from you own life to current events.
Is there a lot of reading?
No. Each week the Zug will receive a simple document with a few selections of text and guiding questions.
Do I need to know Hebrew?
Absolutely not!
Do I need to be a computer genius to participate?
Nope, participants do need access to a reliable and strong internet connection and a computer with capacity for video-conferencing. What you do need is a desire to connect, learn, laugh, and grow.
How will I know what to look for or if I’m on the right track?

At the beginning and end of each month there will a ten-minute framing video from the educator. There will also be online forums to share what you are learning and engage with others.

How do I register for Zug?

Registering for Project Zug is a two-stage process. First, we ask that you create a user account. Then, you can sign up for a specific learning cycle, listing your course preferences. We've laid out more detailed instructions here

How much does it cost to participate in Project Zug?

Project Zug participants pay a sliding rate of $36-$180, on a pay-what-you-want scale per course. If cost is a barrier, please let us know. If you would like to sign up a group, please contact us for special group rates.