There is a Season: Through the Jewish Calendar

*Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning:Young Adult
Instructor: Heather Renetzky
Day and Time: Sundays 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $108

How does the Jewish holiday cycle work? What are the animating ideas, themes, and visions of the practice of “Jewish time?” Are there spaces for dissent, doubt, or disaffection in the calendar, or is practicing tantamount to “believing?” These questions and more will be the subject of our time together.

*This course is offered as part of the Hebrew College-IYUN Fellowship program

From Marriage to the Messiah: Healthy Discussions on Divisive Topics

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructors:
Rabbi Joel Goldstein and Rabbi Matthew Ponak (read bios)
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern, 5-6:30 p.m. Pacific
Dates: Feb 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023 (8 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $144

Rabbinic literature is rife with honest and respectful debate and a willingness to confront difficult and controversial topics. Holding onto this tradition is vital to peaceful co-existence with our friends and neighbors in an increasingly polarized world. Join Rabbis Matthew Ponak and Joel Goldstein— two Rabbis and study partners with starkly different approaches to Jewish thought and practice- as they lead an exploration of controversial Jewish topics while modeling how to use controversy and disagreement as a way to sharpen one another’s thinking and friendship. Discover how all our differences, disagreements, and discomfort can actually make us better thought partners and help us refine and evolve our own beliefs in Judaism.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.

Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Father, Abba, Tatti Circle: Parenting in Partnership

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Parenting and Grandparenting
Instructor:
Rabbi Getzel Davis (Read bio)
Day and Time: Sundays, 7:30-9 p.m.
Dates: February 12, March 12, April 16, May 7, June 11, July 9, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: In-person at Lehrhaus, Somerville, MA
Fee: $108

Join Rabbi Getzel Davis and Boston-based dads for a feminist and anti-racist exploration of what it means to raise young Jewish children today. This cycle we will be focusing on our relationships with our partners — how to practice love, negotiate careers, intimacy, and aging parents up against the incredible work of being a dad. Through a combination of reflection on modern and ancient Jewish wisdom, and conversation, fathers will explore questions of identity and spirituality. By the end of this course, we will have a clearer sense of how Jewish identity and upbringing intersect with our parenting and develop strategies for becoming a better father and partner. Enthusiastically open to all regardless of Jewish education, Hebrew background, interfaith status, or queer identity.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.

Personalizing Your Jew-ish Wedding

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructor: Rabbi Getzel Davis (read bio)
Day and Time: Mondays, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: March 20, 27; April 3, 10, 2023 (4 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $72

Planning your wedding ceremony? Performing a wedding for others? Curious about ritual, ancient and modern? Join Rabbi Getzel Davis to deeply explore the ancient form of Jewish weddings and how they can be adapted to meet modern values and families. All are welcome regardless of Jewish background, observance or relationship status. All will leave with a basic knowledge of how to craft a wedding ceremony and tips for how to make the wedding sacred, meaningful, and fun.