Talmud Torah of St. Paul

Where critical thinking
and Jewish values intersect



Welcome to MOJU!

MOJU classes are offered for students in grades 8 - 12 via Zoom and are live and interactive, encouraging community-building and connection. 

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Heritage, Community, Language, History, and Identity.

2019-2020 Classes


Mini Courses


Judaism & Islam

Tuesdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24

6:00 - 6:50 pm


Instructors: Rabbi Yosi Gordon & Mohamed El-Tayash


No religion is making more news in the world, growing faster, or shaking up America, than Islam. But aside from the barebones facts you might learn in History or World Religions, how well do you really understand Islam? Our course will be taught by Rabbi Yosi Gordon and Mohamed El-Tayash, good friends who have been discussing Islam and Judaism for over 10 years and want to invite you to join their conversation. We’ll go way beyond the facts, to attitudes, questions, conflicts, and personal experiences. All questions are welcome. We’ll share both agreements and disagreements, in friendship and respect.


Judaism & Christianity

Tuesdays: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

6:00 - 7:00 pm


Instructors: Rabbi Yosi Gordon & Greg Meland


We all live in a very Christian world. Whether we know it or not, Christianity shapes our lives and our values. But do we really understand Christianity? Christian historian and counselor Greg Meland joins Rabbi Yosi Gordon to present Christianity from the inside. What do Christians really believe, and why do they believe it? How is Christianity like, and different, from Judaism? We will avoid simplistic answers, and we will welcome all questions.


Trimester Courses


Violence in Jewish Law

Sundays: Sept. 8 - Dec. 15

10:30 - 11:20 am

Tuition: $240

Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon


Violence is all around us: on the streets, in our schools, in acts of terrorism, in wars around the world and sometimes even in our homes. It fills the media. How can society deal with violence without becoming itself a cause of more violence? In our course we will become the judges in an imaginary murder case. We will know the victim, know the perp, but ask, “Is it really murder?” To answer the question, we will consult a 1900-year-old book.


Violence in Jewish Thought

Sundays: Jan. 12 - Feb. 23

10:30 - 11:20 am

Tuition: $140

Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon


Although this is the companion course to Violence and Jewish Law, it can be taken separately. Using ancient Jewish sources, we will ask why violence is ubiquitous throughout human time and space; what are the causes of anti-Semitism; and where is God in a world on fire. Our goal is to spark ideas, not to provide pat answers. 


Science & Judaism

Wednesdays: Jan. 8 - Feb. 26

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuition: $140

Instructor: Barry Golob


In this course, we will look at different scientific issues. Science is concerned with things we CAN do, but as Jews, we want to know what we SHOULD do. Looking at these issues and ethical dilemmas through a Jewish lens may open our minds about the way we think and look at things.


Year Long Courses     


College Level Beginning Hebrew 1

Tuesdays / Thursdays: Sept. 3 - May 21

4:00 - 5:30 pm


Instructor: Susie Chalom


For beginners whose goal is post-biblical studies or modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, and reading/writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials are incorporated.


College Level Beginning Hebrew 2

Mondays / Wednesdays: Sept. 4 - May 20

4:30 - 6:00 pm


Instructor: Rabbi Yosi Gordon


For students whose goal is post-biblical studies or Modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Hebrew with emphasis on communication proficiency. Cultural materials incorporated. Continuation of Beginning Hebrew 1.

Students enrolling in Beginning Hebrew 2 must have completed Beginning Hebrew I and received a passing grade, or have instructor approval.  



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