Father, Abba, Tatti Circle: Parenting in Partnership

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Parenting and Grandparenting
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
Please note that this class is full.

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.

This is in the Talmud? Rabbinic Stories that are Cringeworthy, Surprising and Enlightening

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor: Rabbi Sonia Saltzman (Read bio)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m.
Dates: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: In person at Temple Emanuel, Newton
Fee: $180 Generous financial scholarships available

Come and learn five fascinating stories from the Talmud which offer us valuable insights into a much-needed skill for our day: how to manage difficult and sensitive interactions. In these stories, we witness the pain and shame that ensue when disagreements, which the sages value so highly, devolve into what, today, we call “cancel culture.” And we witness as well, the sages’ interactions with friends, mentors, and spouses – some of which are exquisitely sensitive but many that show deep disregard for the other. We will explore what we can learn from their failures and successes. We will look at these stories beyond the traditional storyline and with the help of contemporary writers and scholars, we will foreground the voices of women, like Imma Shalom, Bruria and Rachel, to bring additional nuance and relevance to these rich stories of old.

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