Gates of Jewish Learning COVID-19 FAQ

In response to COVID-19 and the resulting uncertainty about in-person events, we have a flexible dual-track program planned for 2020-21:

Q: Will Gates of Jewish Learning meet in in-person or on-line in 2020-21?

A: Both. We will meet in-person as much as is safe and practical, and on-line with a newly developed curriculum designed to leverage the advantages of remote learning.

Q: How will you determine when it’s safe to meet in person?

A: We work closely with local and State authorities.

Q: Will masks and/or social distancing be required in-person? What other safety procedures will you implement?

A: These will be determined in conjunction with local and State authorities, and based on practices that have proven themselves to be safe.

Q: I see some other in-person programs are already running. Does that mean that Gates of Jewish Learning will also meet in person?

A: Not necessarily, because every program has different considerations.

Q: Is there an additional cost for the on-line program?

A: No.

Q: Where can I learn about the in-person curriculum?

A: Lots of information is available here.

Q: How is the on-line program different than the in-person program?

A: The on-line program highlights Israel (through virtual tours and direct dialog), Hebrew (used in the tours), and world Jewry (again through direct dialog). Read more here.

Q: I still have questions.

A: Reach out directly to the program director, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, via e-mail ( or phone (631-324-9858).