Alma's educational centre in Tel Aviv offers a new approach to the learning of Jewish literary sources and to exploring the ideas and dilemmas affecting Israeli and Jewish identity today. Alma's learning methods are interdisciplinary, pluralistic and dialogue-based combining classic Jewish sources, such as the Bible and the Talmud, with literature, poetry, philosophy and the arts –classical as well as modern, Jewish as well as Universal. We welcome the realities of the here and the now, of the public and the private, of the world ("Alma" in Aramaic) and of the soul ("Alma" in Latin), and invite them into our study sessions, tours, lectures and public events.
Beit Midrash in Alma
A Beit Midrash at Alma is rooted in tradition and yet connected to the modern lives of young participants here and now. The experience is creative and interactive, often involves an exposure to a variety of cultural media and is structured as a dynamic dialogue-based workshop. Participants are encouraged to think out loud and become – from their own unique perspective – part of the ever growing world of Jewish thought and discussion. In bringing together the classic and the contemporary, and in combining large-forum discussions with the intimacy of the old Chavruta method (small study teams), the Alma Beit Midrash provides an unconventional intellectual experience and encourages a tolerant culture of listening and self-expression, enabling participants to receive – and at the same time to generate – new insights and new depths. learn more
Alma's interactive walking tours of Tel Aviv trace the evolution of this unique Jewish urban space from its inception as the first Hebrew city, located on a desolate sand dune back in 1906 to the bustling hub of culture and creativity of today. ALMA’s tours aim to bring together the historical with the contemporary. Our tours incorporate short text pieces from the works of inspiring authors, leaders and visionaries of the early-days of Tel Aviv that portray their hopes, dreams and ideas for the nascent Hebrew city come alive. We seek to discover the meaning and relevance of these visions and see how they speak to today’s contemporary times, to notice their reverberation in the city's streets and realize to what extent they still nourish the growth of Israeli culture and Jewish identity. learn more