Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, Chelmsford, MA

Course Title: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Chelmsford MA
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning, Parenting and Grandparenting
Partner Organization: Congregation Shalom, Chelmsford, MA
Instructor: Carolyn Keller
Day and Time: Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Dates: 10/15, 22, 29; 11/5,19; 12/3, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: In-person, Congregation Shalom, Chelmsford, MA
Fee: $150 per person *Congregation Shalom members, $100 per person
Financial scholarships available.

Join a group of fellow parents of young children to discuss topics that matter to you as a parent; reflect on the joys and challenges of raising kids today; and find support, encouragement, and connection. Our curriculum helps parents discover the many ways in which Jewish sources of wisdom can inform their choices. Topics will include Towards Joyful Parenting, Shabbat: A time to Recharge and Reconnect, and Finding Peace in Our Homes, among others.

I Am My Beloved’s: Navigating Life’s Journey For Young Adult Couples

Course Title: I Am My Beloved’s: Navigating Life’s Journey for Young Adult Couples (5 sessions)
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning Young Adult
Partner Organization: Modern Jewish Couples
Instructor: Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm * includes Havdalah get together and Shabbat dinner.  All Wednesday sessions include dinner starting at 6:30.
Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 29; Havdalah Saturday, November 4th; Shabbat dinner, Friday, December 8th,  2023
Location: In-person, Village Works, Brookline, MA
Fee: $125 per person * $100 per person through Modern Jewish Couples. Financial scholarships are available.

 

Connect with your partner and other couples to explore essential conversations for navigating life’s journey, such as ritual, money, rest, and legacy. This cohort is designed for beloveds – young adult couples on the road to committed partnership or early years of marriage. Whether you identify as Jewish, Jew-ish, interfaith, queer or are in a relationship with someone who identifies as such, Jewish tradition offers a framework for meaningful conversations between partners committed to their shared future, with love. Through guided questions, texts, and discussion prompts, we’ll engage in deep conversation and reflection! Each gathering begins with dinner and an opportunity to connect with other couples, and the chance to dive into Jewish learning and conversation. Registered couples will be asked to fill out an introductory questionnaire and will be offered a 30-minute session with Rabbi Gubitz so she can get to know you! Our session focused on money will be in partnership with Ariel Nathanson from Finances for Feminists.

This experience is generously supported by CJP, the Covenant Foundation and the Natan Fund.

Song of Songs: The Love Song of the Jews to God

Course Name: Song of Songs: The Love Song of the Jews to God
Program:
Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor
: Rabbi Jeffrey Amshalem (Read bio)
Day and Time: Sundays 11:45am-1:15pm Eastern Time
Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2023 (6 sessions)
Session: Fall 2023
Cohort:
Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA
Location:
In person at Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA
Fee: $240. (Temple Beth David Member Rate: $204) Financial scholarships available

In this course, we will dive deeply into over two millennia of Jewish interpretations of the Biblical Song of Songs, the book Rabbi Akiva declared “the holy of holies.” Originally written as a set of very human love poems, the Song of Songs was included in the Biblical canon as holy scripture and since then has been interpreted in a tremendously wide variety of ways, some of them quite daring. Beginning with a close reading of the Song and some historical background, we will then read and discuss a variety of rabbinic, philosophical, kabbalistic, and Hasidic commentaries on it, concluding with modern artistic responses to it found in literature, art, and music. We will explore how and why Jews have found such different and powerful messages in this beautiful, ancient love poem.

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.

“Rabbi Amshalem teaches respectfully with gentleness and kindness. He encourages questioning and discovering connections that can lead to ideas that can surprise one.” – Mark Beal, Temple Beth David member

Queer Jewish Journeys in Media

Course Title: Queer Jewish Journeys in Media
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adult/Arts and Culture 
Instructor: Stav Meishar
Day and time: Sundays, 10:00-11:30 am Eastern Time
Dates: Oct 15, 29; Nov 12, 19; Dec 3, 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $125 Financial scholarships available

From “Angels in America” to “Transparent”, from “Bent” to “Yentl”, we will set out to explore the intersection of Jewish identities and queer identities in fictional characters from the worlds of film and television. Are these identities separate or interconnected? Do they stand in juxtaposition, or do they complement each other? What does it mean for these characters to be Jewish AND Queer, and how does it shape their trajectories?
We will watch excerpts from some of the works above (warning: contains spoilers!) and analyze these questions together using biblical, contemporary and academic texts, layering Jewish history, Jewish thought, midrash and more in our deconstructing and reconstructing of these characters’ journeys. This course aims not only for students to become familiar with diverse examples of queer Jewish characters in film and television, but also, to better equip them in examining these characters’ complex worlds and – through their stories – explore our world today through a queer and Jewish lens. 

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

Registrants from Canada, UK, EU and Australia: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Ansky, Asch, Aleichem, and Adler: A Journey Through Yiddish Theater

Course Title: Ansky, Asch, Aleichem, and Adler: A Journey Through Yiddish Theater
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adult and Arts and Culture
Instructor: Elliot Lazar
Day and time: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm Eastern Time
Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 2023
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $150 Financial assistance is available.

Yiddish is experiencing a renaissance. Jews all over the world are reclaiming and reviving the language of their ancestors. This extends into the arts as well, from the popular web-series “Yid-Life Crisis,” to the ever-growing National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, who had a hit with their lauded Yiddish-language production of Fiddler on the Roof. This course will explore the history of Yiddish theatre in both Europe and North America through close engagement with Yiddish plays combined with historical context. How did S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk inspire Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man? How did Paula Vogel’s Indecent renew interest in Sholom Asch’s God of Vengeance? Like a good Yid, theatre answers one question with another, creating a dialogue that has been going on for centuries and will continue long after we’re gone.
Optional “watch parties” of the plays studied are included. Watch party dates: Sundays at 7:00 pm Eastern: Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 2023

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning classes are 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.