Welcome to Hevria.Academy, the home for any Jews and non-Jews who are desperate for a different approach to accessing their spirituality and creativity. Hevria.Academy uses the latest in online educational technology to totally immerse you in an interactive learning experience. This isn't a site where you sit in front of the screen for an hour watching a video. Our courses aren't webinars or whiteboards or audio or even just text.
We have gone beyond that to give you an interactive experience: one that involves a combination of video, audio, text, discussion, and, most importantly, a personal connection to your teacher. This is meant to be the opposite of a passive experience: this is an immersion into whatever topic you want to learn.
This isn't your typical online Jewish course. This is guided learning, where you'll be guided step-by-step through a process. No more sitting down for 1 hour lectures. No more reading crazy long articles. Imagine an actual class, but online.
These aren't your typical parsha classes. Every single class we do is meant to enrich your life in a unique way, whether it be by finding God in gardening or writing from the perspective of our forefathers or a support group for the mentally "ill".
We have gathered a group of incredible teachers. One or two are rabbis, but most aren't. Why? Because of our philosophy that everyone has something to teach: and we want to teach you the most unique, amazing things, from art to cooking, from the best people.
Elad Nehorai is most well-known for his blog Pop Chassid, a blog that covers everything from marriage to mental health to spirituality from a "pop-chassidic" perspective.
Elad has also worked on other do-good projects, from "I Have A Therapist", an online movement to encourage making therapy less stigmatized, to starting Hevria, the blog where Hevria.Academy originated.
Rachel Kann (MFA: Creative Writing) is a TEDx poet and resident writer for Hevria. She’s been featured on NPR’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and as The Weather on Welcome to Night Vale.
She’s taught poetry and fiction workshops across the U.S. and worldwide, and for 8 years, both in person and online for the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension.
Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, known for his blog Fink or Swim, and the former head rabbi of The Shul on the Beach in Venice, CA, has counseled hundreds of Jews from diverse backgrounds, from the most traditional to those who have left their religious communities.
Named as one of the Forward's 50 most inspiring rabbis of 2014, Rabbi Fink has made waves through his writing, his appearances on NPR, Newsweek, Tablet, and the Wall Street Journal, and more.
Hevria has grown from a simple group blog to a full-blown Jewish media network. It started with our online Jewish creativity marketplace, Hevria.Market, to the Hevria Sessions, a music video series, to now, Hevria.Academy, our online learning site.
Our goal is simple: to unite all Jews and non-Jews who have a passion for Judaism, but who want something more, something more creative and alive, out of their experience. We see this community of people, and how desperately they need something different than the standard Jewish fare, and we are doing everything we can to fill that void.
Hevria is about bringing the spirituality into creativity. It's about building a community of people who want the same thing we yearn for. And it's about reminding the Jewish world and beyond that they probably want it too, even if they don't know they do.
Welcome to Hevria. We hope you'll stay around.