Tikvah Online Academy offers high-level seminars—with small classes, master teachers, and spirited discussions—for students interested in Jewish ideas, Zionism and modern Israel, American democracy, and Western civilization.
✔ All classes are capped at 12 to 15 students.
✔ Seminars meet live over Zoom for spirited conversation and debate. All weekday classes are scheduled in the evenings, so they will not conflict with the school day. Sunday sessions will take place in the late mornings or evenings.
✔ Courses are open to all students regardless of their educational backgrounds. The application process is simple but selective.
✔ Tuition is $200 per course. Full scholarships are available for any family with financial need.
Applications are not currently open, but you can learn more about our course offerings by browsing previous seminars below, or click here to sign up to receive more information.
"Teaching for Tikvah’s Online Academy has been a joy from the very first class. My students are active and engaged, and Tikvah gives us the luxury of time to think, talk, and inquire about materials we’d never get to in a traditional classroom, or that we’d have to rush through. Whether it’s a class on Golems or on Shakespeare, I leave every class session energized and excited to come back—and I hope all my students feel the same!"
- Sarah Skwire, Teacher
How the U.S. Economy Works
Dr. Harry Ballan
Identity Politics: A History and Critique
Dr. David Azerrad
Five Perspectives on the American Presidency
Dr. Tevi Troy
Jews and Conservatism: Great Thinkers and Debates
Dr. Rita Koganzon
Jews and American Law
Jews and Religious Freedom
Dr. Michael A. Helfand
The Roots of the American Political Order
The Varieties of Anti-Semitism: What Do We Face?
Dr. Rachel Fish
Five Threats to American Democracy
Is God Paying Attention? Job, Jonah, and Robinson Crusoe
Dr. Shlomo Zuckier
The Sabbath in Jewish Thought and Literature
Rabbi Gamliel Shmalo
Love and Death:
Thinking with Plato and the Bible
Plato and the Talmud
Dr. Jacob Howland
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s
The Great Partnership
Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD
The Jewish Idea of Giving: What is the True Meaning of Tikkun Olam?
Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman
Who Am I? A Jewish Exploration of the Human Mind and Heart
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
The People of the Book: Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust
Zionism & Israel
Zionism and Anti-Zionism: Dispatches from Campus
Dr. Andrew Pessin
Israel’s Economic Take-Off: Human Creativity and the Dynamism of the Market
The Modern Wars of the Jews: Great Moments & Debates
Rabbi Shlomo Brody
Israeli Military Strategy
Dr. Gabriel Scheinmann
Israel’s Declaration of Independence
Dr. Neil Rogachevsky
The Israeli Right:
From Jabotinsky to Netanyahu
Dr. Brian Horowitz
The Politics of Jewish Independence
Dr. Jonathan Yudelman
The Zionist Political Divide: Exploring the Left-Right Debate
Dr. Brian Horowitz
Director, Tikvah Online Academy