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 Shabbat to Sigd: Exploring Jewish Traditions Around the World

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructor: Elisha Gechter (Read bio)
Day and time: Mondays, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 24; May 1st, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $108

Come study the way that Jews in different countries and communities mark important moments – from holidays to the ritual milestones of life. From the weekly Shabbat to the annual Sigd (Ethiopian holiday), from Iraqi pre-wedding Hennas to Moroccan post-Passover Maimunas, discover what many of these traditions have in common and where Jewish custom and creativity have vastly differed. Explore how these practices are meaningful to many and how they compare to your own.

Every Day is Purim: Mysticism for a Broken World

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Aron Wander (Read bio)
Day and Time: Sundays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Eastern
Dates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $216 Generous financial scholarships available
Partner Organization: Temple Emunah, Lexington

What resources does Judaism offer for living in a broken world? Though we often see Purim as a “happy” holiday, the Purim story is quite dark: the Jews find themselves at the mercy of powerful, chaotic forces. Though the heroes of the story are able to save their people, they only succeed thanks to several fortuitous coincidences.

Of all the holidays, then, Purim is the one that perhaps most directly addresses the challenges of living in a world that’s out of our control.

In “Every Day Is Purim: Mysticism for a Broken World,” we’ll explore Hasidic interpretations of Purim that offer ways of grappling with and even embracing the world’s brokenness. Their creative theologies will help us address our own critical spiritual questions: is there a “believable” theology we can turn to in the midst of despair? And (how) can we find joy in the midst of catastrophe?

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

The Sabbath: Reframing and Reclaiming Its Meaning for Our Time (Full)

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Rabbi Eric Gurvis (Read bio)
Dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 2023 (3 sessions)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Cohort: Temple Shir Tikvah Winchester
Fee: $108
Register: Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, this course is currently full. To arrange for Rabbi Gurvis to teach a similar course to your group, or to be notified about future courses with Rabbi Gurvis, please contact Linna Ettinger.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s short classic, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man, is widely considered one of the most important pieces of Jewish thought of the 20th century. Now, living in the 21st century, Rabbi Heschel’s thoughts are even more potent as we navigate a rapidly changing world as we face a myriad of developments and challenges.

With Rabbi’s Heschel’s poetic and thoughtful teachings as our guide, we will explore some of his core concepts and examine how they not only apply to our lives today, but how they may be essential for grabbing hold of life and living it to its fullest.

The text will be read and discussed in English as we explore Heschel’s notions of holiness in time and space; the Sabbath as an oasis in time; and how we can bring core Jewish concepts and values into our lives as we seek meaning, inspiration and a path for living in our time.

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