Josh Zisook

Josh Zisook

JSOL Fall 2014

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Semester Dates: September 8, 2014 through January 16, 2015

Registration deadline August 15, 2014



BIBLE 282                             Capstone Course

Biblical Heroes and Heroines  (3-Credit Hours)

In-depth analysis of major personalities in the Biblical narrative, men and women, the nature of their roles and prescriptive ramifications through an analysis of text examined in light of classic and modern Jewish commentaries.  Study is augmented by relevant selections in Midrashic literature.  This course presumes reading proficiency in classic and Biblical Hebrew, and proficiency in major medieval commentaries.

Instructor:  Rabbi Dr.  Hertzel  Yitzhak


BIBLE 361                              Capstone Course

Issues and Analysis in Early Prophets I (3-Credit Hours)

Designed for the student proficient in oral and written Hebrew, this course entails a comparative analysis across the Tanach as a means of understanding the Early Prophets, and the exegetical methodology of the Midrash and the Rishonim. Focus on specific issues/problems in Neviim Rishonim. Focus on Judges, Samuel I & Samuel II.

Instructor:  Mrs. Kochava Yitzhak


HISTORY 106                        Capstone Course

Survey of Jewish History     (3-Credit Hours)

An overview of Jewish History from the Talmudic era until the present day. Focus on the writers and transmitters of Torah Sheb’al Peh – the guardians of Jewish learning and life after the Destruction of the Second Temple: Major personalities and events from the Tannaim through the Acharonim. Understanding the factors that ensured survival of peoplehood without sovereignty; the role of Divine Providence, and an understanding of Jewish historiography against the backdrop of world history and western civilization.


Instructor:  Mr. Jonathan Zisook

HISTORY 207                        Capstone Course

Jews in American History   (3-Credit Hours)


Survey of major Jewish personalities and contributions made to the development of American economy, culture and government. From anti-Semitism and assimilation to  cultural pluralism the development of American Jewish identity and political parity.

Instructor: Mrs. Alissa Zeffren

JEWISH LAW 234                        Capstone Course

The Land of Israel in the Halacha   (3-Credit Hours)

Examination of Mitzvot Hatluyot Ba'Aretz. Issues to be covered include Terumot uMaaserot, Shemita veYovel, the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael and the Mekomot Ha'Kedoshim,   halachic definitions of Eretz Yisrael, and the religious status of conquered territory

Instructor: Rabbi Dov Karoll

MATH 101

Intermediate Algebra   (3-Credit Hours)


Fundamentals of algebra. Real number system, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, and Cartesian coordinate system. 


Instructor:  TBA


General Psychology (3-Credit Hours)


Basic concepts and methods of psychology. Primary emphasis on the scientific study of human behavior and consciousness, with exploration of topics such as human development, personality, learning, thinking, perception, testing, mental health and pathology..


Instructor: TBA



Fundamentals of Composition  (3-Credit Hours)


Specific instruction and intensive practice of written expression. Study of the composing process, thesis construction, paragraph development, and essay structure with special attention to grammar and mechanics.


Instructor: TBA



Introduction to Sociology (3-Credit Hours)


Analysis of human societies, organizations and groups, and the interrelations of society, culture, and personality. Socialization, social interaction, social stratification, and social change are discussed.


Instructor:  TBA

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are JSOL credits transferable?

A: JSOL is a division of Hebrew Theological College, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. As an accredited institution, students have been able to transfer HTC credits to many colleges and universities around the world. JSOL courses may be used to fulfill elective or general studies requirements, according to each college's rules. Please contact the Office of the Registrar or appropriate department at your college to discuss credit transfer policy to ensure a smooth transfer of credit. Upon completion of the course, students can request a transcript from Hebrew Theological College.

Q: How much do JSOL courses cost?

A: Tuition for a three-credit JSOL course is $1365 (as of 8/1/15.) In addition, there is a $100 technology fee for each JSOL course you enroll in. There is also a registration fee of $25 for students enrolled in one JSOL course; $50 registration fee for students enrolled in two or three JSOL courses; $80 for four or more JSOL courses.

Q: Is financial aid available for JSOL classes?

A: HTC does not offer any scholarships for JSOL classes. Financial aid may be available through various State and Federal government grant programs. Please visit or HTC's own Financial Aid Office webpage for more information.

Q. Can I take a JSOL course even if I am coming to HTC later in the school year?

A: Of course! Enrolling in JSOL courses before coming on campus is a great way to start earning credits toward your degree! Please contact Dr. Esther Shkop (Blitstein Institute-Women's Division)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Rabbi Hertzel Yitzhak (Beis Midrash-Men's Division)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss which JSOL courses are right for you!

Q. How long do IEP students have to comply with their agreement to take HTC courses on-line or on-campus?

A: IEP students are expected to take a “Capstone Course” at HTC on-line or on-campus in the fall following their return from Israel.

Q: How much time does each course require?

A: JSOL courses are college-level classes, which require time and effort. Each class is organized differently according to the instructor's syllabus. Courses may have more reading and writing assignments than an on-campus course. The work might include web-based multimedia components, readings, threaded discussions, multiple choice tests, essays, and exams. On average, most students felt that they required between 1-4 hours online each week (depending on if students printed or saved reading assignments to their personal computers).

Q: How do JSOL's on-line classes work? Do I need special hardware or software?

A: All JSOL courses are offered asynchronously through a web-based platform called, so you can access your class any time of day or night from any computer with access to the Internet. While you can login to the class according to your own schedule, you will have weekly assignments, papers, quizzes, and exams. After you register, approximately two weeks before the beginning of the semester, you will receive a link to the class website as well as a login and password. You will be automatically enrolled in a student tutorial to familiarize yourself with our on-line class software. A help desk is available 24 hours a day help you with technical issues

Q: How often do I need to log into the class?

A: Typically, each class will have assignments posted on a weekly basis. Therefore, you will need to be able to access the Internet at least once or twice per week. All assignments must be submitted through the JSOL system. Some assignments will be locked out once the time to submit the assignment has passed.

Q: Do I need an e-mail address for JSOL?

A: Yes. The primary method of corresponding with students is via e-mail. Additionally, for security purposes, the username and password of each student is sent directly to the student by the system.

Q: How do I register for a JSOL course?

A: The registration form is available online. Complete the form and fax your registration, with payment, to our office at (847) 745-0200, Attention: JSOL. You will receive a confirmation of enrollment from the Registrar's office and your login and password will be sent to you through email.

Q: Who are the instructors?

A: JSOL employees highly qualified instructors with many years of combined teaching experience. Please check our website for the full list of instructors.

Q: What courses are being offered during Fall 2014?

A: Check our website for the full course bulletin.

Q: Where can I go for more information?

A: Visit our website; Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions you have regarding our courses or registration; or call 1-888-576-JSOL (5765), or 773-359-3402.  

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