Open Circle Jewish Learning

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Hebrew College Community Learning classes, including Open Circle Jewish Learning, are currently being offered online, including Spring and Summer 2020 classes.

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Open Circle Jewish Learning
  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Living rooms, synagogues, and community spaces
  • duration 6 to 18 Sessions
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Current Offerings:

COMING SOON: Our Summer program begins in July and will be posted before the end of June. Please check back here to register for our new learning opportunities – including:

  • Ritual Hebrew Calligraphy: Bringing Change Through Traditional Craft;
  • Living Sanctuaries: Immigration and Jewish Tradition;
  • Jewish Approaches to Economic Justice in the Time of Covid-19; and
  • Spiraling Through Time: Radically Rethinking Our Relationship to Land

We have recently moved to a new online payment system. If you encounter any problems, including not receiving a registration confirmation via email for your class, please email Anna Katsevman (akatsevman@hebrewcollege.edu). Please be sure to log out of the system and refresh your history once you have paid for your class, even if you are registering for more than one class or for a second person in the same household. Please note that we only accept payment via credit card or e-check, and all are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Please note: Those who withdraw from a course before the first session will be given a full refund. If you choose to withdraw from a course after the first session, a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund.

Composting as Spiritual Practice: A Practical Approach to Daily Transformation Rabbi Natan Margalit and Rabbi Laura Bellows Temple Beth Zion, Brookline Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., May 13, 20, 27; and June 3, 10, 17. (Six sessions, $90) Register
Zivug: Activist Couples Preparing for Marriage Rabbi Getzel Davis Online platform Wednesdays, 7:30- 9:00 p.m., June 3, 10, 17, 24; and July 1, 8, 15. (Seven sessions, $105) Course at capacity. To be placed on the waitlist, please email hdenenberg@hebrewcollege.edu

Current Course Descriptions

What is the connection between composting and redemption? Looking to cultivate a low-barrier daily (or weekly) spiritual practice? In this unique class, we will learn both the practical skills of successful, no-smell composting — whether in an apartment or a backyard, and explore Jewish teachings about the spiritual practice of transforming our food “waste” into new growth. Join us as we draw on Jewish composting wisdom going back to biblical times, and relating to the ecological and spiritual needs of today. All levels of composting experience welcome.

Instructors: Rabbi Natan Margalit and Rabbi Laura Bellows

Temple Beth Zion, Brookline: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., May 13, 20, 27; and June 3, 10, 17.

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Join Rabbi Getzel for a 7-class series for couples interested in a conscious and healthy transition to marriage. Through Jewish wisdom, text study, guided exercises, and frank conversations, we will explore the growth and maintenance of vibrant relationships. This is a cohort for folks specifically interested in exploring power dynamics, feminism, and how our decisions as a couple interact impact the world. Open to couples (all gender and multifaith expressions of partnership strongly welcome) in the year preceding or following a wedding. In our final class, each couple will draft a contract/ketubah to testify to their values and goals as they mark this transition.

Instructor: Rabbi Getzel Davis

Online platform: Wednesdays, 7:30- 9:00 p.m., June 3, 10, 17, 24; and July 1, 8, 15.

Course at capacity. To be placed on the waitlist, please email hdenenberg@hebrewcollege.edu

Contact Rabbi Natan Margalit, Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning. Please note that while we warmly welcome inquiries from new teachers and groups, we may have to place some interested groups on a waitlist for the spring due to the great interest in the Greater Boston community for our classes.

Want to learn more about Open Circle Jewish Learning?

If you need additional information or want to create your own course, please contact Rabbi Natan Margalit, Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning, at nmargalit@hebrewcollege.edu.

For questions about registration, please contact Helaine Denenberg, Administrative Coordinator of Open Circle Jewish Learning, at hdenenberg@hebrewcollege.edu.

If you are a teacher and wish to submit a proposal for consideration for Summer or Fall 2020, please fill in this form (click here).