Community Learning Online Courses for this Moment

Hebrew College has collaborated with CJP to provide free, online adult learning experiences on a range of dynamic Jewish topics. Watch our Zoom recordings to learn from 12 outstanding teachers from the Greater Boston community. Scroll down for details.

 

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Thursday, March 19, 8 PM: Mussar as a Tool for Challenging Times with Rabbi Eric Gurvis

We are now sharing an unprecedented new chapter in our lives as the world around us challenges almost every bit of normal life we know. The Jewish practice of Mussar offers us a framework that can help us maintain our balance in a time when our lives may feel “as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof.” Exploring and focusing on middot (Mussar soul-traits) such as anavah (humility), menuchat haNefesh (equanimity) and gevurah (strength) can help us focus on how to best approach the uncertainty of the days ahead.

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Friday, March 20, Noon: The Power of Gratitude with Rabbi Katy Allen

We will begin with an exploration of Jewish sources on acknowledging the good and expressing gratitude. Ideas will be shared for how to develop a personal gratitude practice, with opportunities for sharing ideas, thoughts, and personal experiences

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Sunday, March 22, 8 PM: Sharing Our Stories in a Time of Social Distance with Rabbinical Student Michaela Brown

The Jewish Women’s Archive’s newly-launched app, Story Aperture, enables people of all ages and genders to collect and share the untold and underrepresented stories of Jewish women through mobile technology. We will teach participants how to use the app and conduct interviews remotely during this time of social distancing.

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Monday, March 23, Noon: Power, Politics, and Governmental Ethics: The Talmudic Story of the Deposing of RabbanGamliel with Rabbi Daniel Berman

The story of the removal – and restoration – of Rabban Gamliel endures through modern times, with its piercing insight into politics, ethics and power. This will be a text-based discussion class.

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Tuesday, March 24, 8 PM: Like They Did in Egypt: Jewish Queerish Histories & Possibilities with Instructor Emily Rogal

As Jews, we often reflect on who are ancestors are, and what they have to teach us. For queer Jews, we are doubly enrolled in the business of ancestor-making, of finding spaces and texts within the tradition which teach us how to be. In this session, we invite LGBTQIA* Jews, as well as allys, to study some queer Torah and engage in this radical project together.

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Wednesday, March 25, Noon: People of the (Comic) Book: How American Jews Created a New Form of Entertainment and Infused It With Jewish Content with Instructor Dale Rosenberg

Although early comic books rarely had Jewish characters or overtly Jewish content, the creators of the comics gave them a lot of Jewish subtext. In later years, Jewish characters “came out” and displayed their Jewishness proudly. Learn about the influence American Jews have had and continue to have on this quintessentially American art form.

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Thursday, March 26, 8 PM: 15 Steps Goes 12 Steps: Understanding the Seder Through a Recovery Lens with Rabbinical Student Hindy Finman

Isolation can be extremely triggering for those in the recovery community. This course will provide a space for the entire recovery community to come together and support each other through the lens of the Passover experience.


Friday, March 27, Noon: Have You Made Art About It?: Responding to Our Current Circumstances With Art and Soul with Rabbi Carol Glass

Experience the healing power of art. This session will include time to create a small collage or piece of artwork, or to create a written response such as a diary entry, poem, or even a random list of related words. An opportunity will be provided for (voluntary) sharing. No previous artistic experience is necessary!!!

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Sunday, March 29, 8 PM: CHAD GADYA: A Kaleidoscope of Connections with Rabbi Neal Gold

Chad Gadya is a beloved song that has closed the Passover seder since late medieval times. But what is it? A simple children’s folksong? A parable of divine retribution in the face of Jewish suffering? Or something more allegorical and mystical about our human interconnectedness? We’ll explore traditional, mystical, and modern commentaries from the past four centuries to shed light on this favorite, but perplexing, Jewish song.

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Monday, March 30, Noon: Facing Your Fears: A Passover Teaching on Transforming Anxiety into Understanding with with Rabbinical Student Matt Ponak

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” says Leonard Cohen. Learn the theory and practice of moving through constriction and into liberation. Through body-centered meditations and prayer, we will listen to our worries and find the hidden messages that they are bringing.

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Tuesday, March 31, NOON and 8 PM: Poetry as a Spiritual Exercise with Dr. Roslyn Weiner

Listening for what is meaningful to you is a sacred act. Poetry can help us access spiritual insights and emotional truths. This class will introduce a unique process that invites personal reflection through the experience of hearing poetry.

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Wednesday, April 1, Noon and 8 pm: A Cure for What Ails us: A Taste of Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun Klali Practice for a World on Edge with Rabbi David Curiel

Rebbe Nachman prescribed the recitation of 10 psalms as a Tikkun haKlali: a general remedy for suffering, repentance and heart-ache. Join R’David in reading and under-standing some key passages from these psalms through the translation of Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi z”l. The class will go beyond cognitive “understanding” of the texts, opening up these psalms as a tool for personal spiritual respite.

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