Jewish Community & Hebrew Learning

Your Jewish Learning

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Hebrew College Community Learning classes are now being offered online. For questions, please contact Anna Katsevman.


As our lives have moved online during these challenging days, we invite you to come together virtually to delve into new ideas, nurture your mind and spirit, and find joy and inspiration through Jewish learning.

Hebrew College is collaborating with CJP to provide free, online adult learning experiences on a range of dynamic Jewish topics. Join us on Zoom to learn from 12 outstanding faculty members from the Greater Boston community. Classes will begin March 19, 2020 and will be offered during the day and evening, via the CJP website.

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Whether you’re interested in studying Mishnah, meditation, or music; hope to learn Modern Hebrew or delve into ancient texts; or need parenting advice, professional development, or a program for your teen, Hebrew College has a program for you. Our offerings include programs geared towards young adults in their 20s and 30s, parents of toddlers through teens, mid-career professionals, teens, and adults of all ages.

  • Study alongside peers in our CJP-sponsored programs or alongside rabbinical, cantorial and master’s students in our graduate-level classes that are open to the community. Classes, learning circles, and conversation groups meet on our Newton Centre campus, in synagogues, community centers, and living rooms throughout the Greater Boston Area and online.
  • Hone your skills through one of our professional development programs, offered by our Early Childhood Institute, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Prayer Leader Summer Institute, and Rabbinical School.
  • Enrich your teens’ Jewish learning through one of our youth programs.


Journey through Jewish texts and ideas from biblical times to the present through Hebrew College’s Me’ah Classic program or deep dive into a particular historic period, theme, or personality through Hebrew College’s Me’ah Select program.

Marilyn Stern
Associate Director, Me’ah

Marcia Spellman
Me’ah Marketing Specialist


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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Navigate the challenges of parenting kids, from toddlers to teens, guided by Jewish wisdom, through Hebrew College’s Parenting Through a Jewish LensParenting Your ‘Tween Through a Jewish Lens, and Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens.

Ahava Rosenthal
Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Erica Streit-Kaplan
Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens


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Young Adult Programs: Open Circle Jewish Learning & Eser

Through Hebrew College’s Open Circle Jewish Learning Young Adult Eser program, connect with other young adults in their 20s and 30s, discuss issues that matter to you and your peers, and expand your community through through-provoking conversations. Sign up for an Eser’s Classic 10-session series, and/or attend one of our special events, join one of our Eser Select conversation and learning groups.

Joel Stanley
Associate Director, Young Adult Programs, Open Circle Jewish Learning

Helaine Denenberg
Administrative Coordinator, Open Circle Jewish Learning

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Open Circle Jewish Learning

In Hebrew College’s Open Circle Jewish Learning classes, ask big questions, explore relevant topics, and find meaning in Jewish sources of wisdom. Learn and make a difference through a social justice community group, participate in a conversation group focused on mysticism and mindfulness; or create your own salon on any topic ranging from Israel to the Torah.


Rabbi Natan Margalit
Director, Open Circle Jewish Learning

Helaine Denenberg
Administrative Coordinator, Open Circle Jewish Learning



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Teen Learning

Teen learning at Hebrew College includes several options, from serious text study in our new Teen Beit Midrash program to Sundays at Prozdor, a la carte Prozdor Immersives, our JTFGB teen philanthropy program, or our new Gesher Israel Seminar.

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Hebrew Language Courses

Learn conversational Hebrew through the lens of Israeli culture through our Ulpan program; prepare for graduate-level text study through our Graduate Hebrew program.


Iris Schor
Director, Ulpan and Hebrew Language

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Rabbinical Courses

Study important texts and theory; Jewish history, culture and spirituality, and social justice and the Jewish life cycle; amongst other topics, alongside future rabbis in non-credit courses through the Hebrew College Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Daniel Klein
Rabbinical School and Jewish Studies Courses

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Cantorial Courses

Delve into the role that music has played in Jewish life from ancient to modern times; learn about the music of the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora; compare prayer in different religions and parts of the world; and study Jewish music and prayer alongside cantorial students in our non-credit community cantorial classes.

Marcia Spellman
Jewish Music and Cantorial Courses

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Graduate Education Courses

Join a dynamic community of future educators who are preparing to lead, transform and elevate Jewish learning in our pluralistic world in non-credit community Jewish education courses.

Debrah Ron
Modern Online & Graduate Hebrew

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Youth Programs

Join a vibrant community of fellow teens or ‘tweens to study Judaism and Hebrew studies through Hebrew College’s Prozdor (High School) and Makor (Middle School). Explore Jewish philanthropy through Hebrew College’s JTFGB (Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston), or take an academic gap-year program in Israel for high school students through the Kivunim program.

Rabbi Laura Bellows, Rab`18
Director of Prozdor, Makor, and Youth Initiatives

Leah Goldstein
Director, Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)

Debrah Ron

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Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership

The Miller Center offers various workshops, seminars, and fellowships for clergy, educators, and non-profit leaders relating to issues of religion and public life.

Rabbi Or Rose

Tom Reid
Assistant Director

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Professional Development

Hebrew College offers several professional development courses, workshops, and conferences for clergy, educational leaders, teachers, and other professionals. Among the offerings are:

  • Annual Educators Conference. The 2019 Conference “Blossoming | Pricha” will take place on November 11-12. Learn more.
  • Ani Kinor Prayer Leader Summer Institute
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More Contacts

Sara Brown
Acting Director

Anna Katsevman
Program Administrator