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Open Circle Social Action

Open Circle Jewish Learning

Open Circle Jewish Learning, a Hebrew College program sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), brings together small groups of curious, engaged learners with exceptional educators to dive into an array of compelling topics and practices.

Social Action Circles

Join together with your peers to learn about the importance of the practice of tikkun olam (repair the world), tzedek (justice), and tzedakah (charity) in Jewish tradition, work with community organizers in local advocacy organizations, and make a difference through a meaningful social action activity on a specific theme.

The following classes are being offered in Spring 2018:

  • The Case for Reparations: Talmud & Today’s America (Instructor: Alona Weimer)
  • Organizing and Resilience: A Workshop for Jewish Urban Educators (Instructors: Rabbis Leora Abelson, Shahar Colt, Laura Bellows, and Daniel Schaefer)
  • Our Liberation is Bound Together: Combatting Racism, Antisemitism and White Supremacy (Facilitated by Kavod’s Anti-Racism Curriculum Team)
  • Spiraling Though Time: Radically Rethinking Our Relationship to Land (Instructors: Rabbi Getzel Davis & Leora Mallach)
  • Take Action Jewishly with JALSA (Instructors: Rachael Dubinsky and David Albright)
  • Torah for the Apocalypse: Jewish Wisdom for Queer Survival (Instructors: Elie Leaderman-Bray and Emily Rogal)

Click here (and scroll down) for course descriptions


Class schedule and tuition varies by site. Please see below for more information. Tuition assistance is available — don’t let cost be a barrier! For more information, contact Bernice Lerner, Dean of Adult Learning, at 617-559-8709 or blerner@hebrewcollege.edu.


Those who withdraw from the class before the first session will be given a full refund. A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund if you choose to withdraw from the class after the first session.

If you have any trouble registering, please reach out to Bernice Lerner, Dean of Adult Learning, at 617-559-8709 or blerner@hebrewcollege.edu.