If you believe you’re a distant descendant of a “lost tribe of Israel” and want to reconnect to this ancient past, all you have to do is go online — where you’ll now find a detailed course on the popular myth. You’ll even earn college credit.
“Discover the past, present and future of the world’s most dispersed people,” reads the website for the new course, “The Lost Tribes of Israel.”
Rabbi Harry Rozenberg, the Israeli-American founder of the school, joins a lineage of Jewish seekers who are trying to bring about the “prophetic reunion” of “lost tribes” with modern Jews.
The course is made up of ten modules, designed by Rozenberg, which include audio, video, and written content. The Theological Research Institute is accredited by the National CCRS Recommendation Service, which evaluates nontraditional educational programs.
As part of his work, Rozenberg has also organized a page where communities can register, plot themselves on a world map and network. “This is for people who already know something about how they may be connected to Israel,” Rozenberg said in an interview with the Forward, “but don’t know how they fit into this.”
Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum.
‘Lost Tribes Of Israel’ Go Digital With New Course