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Open Circle Social Action

How can we put Jewish values into action? What can Jewish texts teach us about doing justly today? How can advocacy and activism inform our study of Jewish texts? And how can one person bring about healing and repair in these troubled times?

Open Circle Social Action brings together people in their twenties and thirties for Jewish learning, organizing, and activism. Joining together with local organizations fighting for justice and equality on a variety of fronts – immigration, civil rights, gender justice, the environment, and more – OCSA invites you to form community, explore foundational values, and discover how to put them into action. Classes will take place in private homes and community centers; if you’re interested in hosting, please contact Director Betsy More at emore@hebrewcollege.edu.

NOTE: Some classes may involve one or two additional sessions of activist engagement, dates/times TBD. 


Welcome the Immigrant
Taught by Frankie Sandmel (they/them)
Cambridge, MA
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20

Join rabbinical student and immigration activist Frankie Sandmel for study and action toward justice for immigrants and refugees. This class, which brings together texts, conversation, and volunteering, goes beyond the well-known command to “love [strangers] as yourself” to ask what that means in a society that is demonstrating ever more hostility toward them. It will provide crucial grounding in Jewish values around justice, build a community to support sustained engagement in immigration activism and connect students with organizers from Cosecha doing the day to day work of helping immigrants breathe free. As we see immigration further restricted and more and more immigrants stuck in endless detention, this class will help students plug into this urgent cause.

Torah for Reproductive Justice
Taught by Shani Rosenbaum (she/her)
Coming Winter 2019!

Our course on the Torah of Reproductive Justice will examine ancient Jewish texts alongside modern scholarship and our own intuitions and experiences. We’ll explore questions at the heart of debates around reproductive justice: how do we make individual and communal choices around having and raising children? How do we build societies that reflect our values of human life, the sanctity of bodies, bodily integrity and autonomy? Along the way, we’ll pair study with action in partnership with a local organization working toward reproductive justice.


Tuition assistance is available — don’t let cost be a barrier! Please contact Betsy More at 617-559-8736 or emore@hebrewcollege.edu.

All classes are subsidized by CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies).

More Information

Phone: 617-559-8736
Email: emore@hebrewcollege.edu

Class schedules vary by site – please contact us with any questions.

Refund Policy

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.