Learn the Hebrew Language – Ulpan Program

Through discussion of contemporary political, social and cultural topics and through readings drawn from current Israeli news and social commentary, Ulpan brings Hebrew to life. Ulpan is offered on campus through nine levels of study and is generally taken as a non-credit course. The Ulpan program uses the linguistic-immersion method developed and popularized in Israel. Hebrew College Ulpan is a full-language program that teaches grammar, reading comprehension and conversation skills.

Ulpan is offered on campus through ten different levels of study and is generally taken as a non-credit course. Under special circumstances, college students, as well as high school students, are invited to take Ulpan classes for a grade. (College credit is no longer available to new Ulpan students.)

Taking Ulpan for a Grade

Note: College credit not available
Ulpan is open to high school and college students interested in mastering modern Hebrew language. To take Ulpan for a grade, please contact the Director of Ulpan in Hebrew College’s Department of Community Learning. Please note that there is an extra fee and additional course requirements associated with a course for which a student will receive a grade. Upon completion of the course, students may request a transcript from the Department of Community Learning to submit to higher education institutions and/or high schools for consideration.

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s & 30s

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s & 30s

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s brings together small groups of curious, engaged learners with exceptional educators to dive into an array of compelling topics and practices.

Find meaning in Jewish sources of wisdom through approachable conversations in living rooms, synagogues, and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area. Open Circle Jewish Learning themes include:

  • Mindfulness and mysticism
  • Politics and history
  • Arts and culture
  • Social action
  • Texts and traditions

We also welcome the opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations throughout Greater Boston to offer tailored young adult experiences. Bring seven friends and pick a theme or topic, and we’ll find a facilitator and provide texts to enrich your Jewish journey!

We welcome participants from all religious, political, gender, and economic backgrounds. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required. Past participants include secular and religious Jews from a variety of movements, and non-Jews, including partners in interfaith relationships, and those considering going through conversion.


Eser is Hebrew for 10, a number with special significance in Judaism. Ten is a symbol of good luck and power: there are 10 Commandments; 10 members of a minyan, the quorum for communal Jewish ceremony; and 10 sefirot, or elements of the divine existing in nature.

Named for Eser’s 10 sessions, Eser brings young adults together in living rooms throughout Greater Boston each spring to explore contemporary issues and ideas through a Jewish lens, and to build connection and community through conversation.

Eser participants meet each spring for 10 sessions of facilitated discussion and Jewish learning around a specific “top ten” theme in convenient locations across the Boston Area. Weekly discussion sessions are held at the home of a group member and facilitated by a Jewish educator or rabbi-in-training. Groups also come together for Shabbat meals and other social gatherings.

The Eser 2020 theme is: “Hindsight is 2020: Judaism’s 10 Most Surprising Moments.” We’re looking at some of the particularly unconventional and surprising moments in our tradition in relation to current themes and trends within the modern Jewish community, using the past events to offer new insights into how we understand contemporary Jewish identity for young adults.

Me’ah Classic

The Jewish “conversation” stretches over 3,000 years, with each generation interpreting and reinterpreting the core texts of Jewish life. With 100 (me’ah in Hebrew) hours of coursework over two years, Me’ah Classic is a comprehensive, engaging, and in-depth adult learning experience that takes students on a journey through the narrative of the Jewish people and empowers students to become part of the conversation.

Me’ah — Hebrew for 100 — is led by outstanding faculty from Greater Boston academic institutions who are attuned to the needs of adult learners.  Readings, text study, lectures and discussions focus on core texts from biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern times. Students receive a certificate during a graduation ceremony at the end of their second year.

Me’ah Classic welcomes students of all backgrounds. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, thanks to CJP’s generous support. For more information, download our brochure.


Ani Kinor Overview

Prayer Leader Summer Institute 

Each summer, the School of Jewish Music offers eight weeks of pluralistic programming in leading services and teaching music. Ani Kinor  – אני כינור is open to clergy, students, lay leaders, teachers, and musicians who are interested in Jewish liturgical music and enhancing their musical skills.

Ani Kinor kicks off with “Visions of Prayer Leadership,” a two-day Intensive Seminar on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, 8 am – 5 pm. 

Additional classes begin on Wednesday, June 5.



Parenting Through A Jewish Lens

Timeless texts to learn from and other parents to lean on

Join other parents in your community for moderated discussions about topics that matter to you as a parent. Explore Jewish values that can enrich your family. Reflect on the joys and challenges of raising kids today. Find support, encouragement, and connection.

We offer classes for parents of all stages:

Generous scholarships are available. Free childcare is available for daytime classes. This program is sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).