Young Adult Learning Circles

Hebrew College’s Young Adult Learning programs bring together young adults in their 20s and 30s in living rooms throughout Greater Boston to build connection and community through conversation.

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s offers small-group discussions on topics including mindfulness and mysticism; politics and history; arts and culture; social action; and texts and traditions. Eser, our 10-week spring program, focuses on contemporary issues and ideas through a Jewish theme that changes each year.

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young adults talking in living room
  • time 20s and 30s
  • location Living rooms and community spaces
  • duration 6-10 weeks

Spring/Summer 2019 Offerings:

Join us this spring on your #JewishJourney with Eser Select, 6-8 week learning experiences that give you a forum to converse about issues that matter to you, to connect with other young adults, and to create community.

Please note that some of the logistics (location, dates, etc.) of these classes may change prior to the first class. Registered participants will be notified of any changes, should they occur. Also, check back, as we’ll be posting additional classes soon!

En-ritual-ing Shabbat Rituals
In this six-week class, we’ll will explore the various rituals that are found within Shabbat. We’ll dive deep into the hidden meanings behind sacred acts such as candle lighting, kiddush (blessing on the wine), and even the extra soul that one receives on shabbat. We’ll create an inclusive and warm environment that allows participants to feel like their authentic Jewish selves while reaching beyond their comfort zones, and our time together will conclude with a communal shabbat dinner, in which we will put our sessions’ learning to action while experiencing the beauty of shabbat together. Participants will leave the experience feeling prepared and confident to participate in or lead their own Shabbat.

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, and 17, plus Friday, July, 19. Location TBD. Facilitator: Danny Dubin.

Want to learn more?

If you need additional information, want to get involved, or wish to create your own discussion group, please contact Joel Stanley, Associate Director of Young Adult Programs, Open Circle Jewish Learning, at

For questions about registration, please contact Helaine Denenberg, Administrative Coordinator of Open Circle Jewish Learning, at