Open Circle Jewish Learning

Open Circle Jewish Learning brings together 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 Fall 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 classes.

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Open Circle Jewish Learning
  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Virtual living rooms, synagogues, and community spaces
  • duration No more than 8 Sessions, 1.5 hours each
Take a fall online course

Fall 2020 Open Circle Jewish Learning Offerings:

This Fall we are pleased to offer both Open Circle Jewish Learning: 20s & 30s classes as well as Open Circle Jewish Learning: Classic classes. For detailed biographies of Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning Faculty, please visit the Community Education Faculty webpage.

We also offered two online Sukkot Education events on October 6 & 7. In case you missed them, watch them here.

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Rivkah's Simchas Torah Song: Women's Celebration in Early Modern Europe with Dr. Rachel Greenblatt
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Light in the Dark: Mussar as a Spritual Resource for Challenging Times with Rabbi Eric S. Gurvis

Open Circle Jewish Learning: 20s & 30s

PROGRAMCOURSE TITLEINSTRUCTORTIMEDATECOSTREGISTER
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20s and 30s
Zivug: Activist Couples Preparing for MarriageRabbi Getzel DavisWednesdays, 8-9:30 pmOct 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec 2$105Register
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20s and 30s
Shal-Om: Stories and their StorytellersRabbi Getzel DavisThursdays, 8-9:30pmOct 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12, 19; Dec 3, 10 $120Register
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20s and 30s
Tatti Circle: Fathers of Young ChildrenRabbi Getzel DavisSundays, 8-9:30pmOct 18, Nov 22, Dec 20; Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16$120Register
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20s and 30s
Exploring God: An Intro for Seekers and SkepticsAkiva NelsonSundays, 5-6:30pmOctober 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22; December 6, 13$216Register

Open Circle Jewish Learning: Classic

PROGRAMCOURSE TITLEINSTRUCTORTIMEDATECOSTREGISTER
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The Jewish Road to Character: A First Trip Down the Mussar Path - Temple Emanuel Rabbi Eric GurvisThursdays, 7:45-9:15pmMeets bi-weekly October 22; November 5, 19; December 3, 17; January 7, 21; February 4$216Register
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Intermediate Mussar- Temple Beth Shalom-NeedhamRabbi Eric GurvisTuesdays, 7:30-9pmOctober 27, November 10; Dec 1, 15; January 12, 26; February 2 and 16 $216Register
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Biblical Gems-The Stories Behind the Famous VersesJamie StolperMondays, 7:30-9pmNovember 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7 and 14$162Register
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Ancient Mussar Made Modern: Engaging the Weekly Torah Portion to Inform Our Mussar PracticeRabbi Carol GlassAlternate Tuesdays, 10-11:30amNew dates: November 10, 24; December 8, 22, 2020; January 5, 19; Feb 2, 16, 2021$216Register
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The Feminine Scrolls and Social Transformation—From Biblical Times to Today Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD.Tuesdays, 7-8:30pmRevised dates: November 10, 17, 24; December 1, 8 and 15$162Register
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Classic
Women Wrote: Biblical Beginnings to Late Medieval TimesRachel Greenblatt, PhD.Tuesdays, 7:30-9pmRevised dates: November 10, 17, 24; December 1, $108 Cancelled
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Days of Awe: Prayer and TeachingRabbi Allan LehmannWednesdays, 7 -9:30 PMSeptember 2. 9, 16, 23, 30, and October 7$150Register

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Personal Growth through Ancient WisdomKetriellah GoldfederSundays, 7:30-9pmSeptember 6, 13, October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and 20$216Register
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Inspired Leadership in Times of CrisisLayah LipskerTuesdays, 1-2:30pmSeptember 8, 22; October 13, 27; November 10, 24; December 1, 8$216Register
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In Search of Renewal: Spiritual Teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-ShalomiRabbi Or RoseThursdays 12-1:30 pmSeptember 10, 17. 24; October 1, 8, and 15$150Register
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Daf Yomi for BeginnersLayah LipskerMondays and Thursdays, 9 to 9:45 amSeptember 10, 14, 17, 21, 24; October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; November 2 and 5$216Register
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Hasidic and Neo-Hasidic Insights into Maintaining Hope, Joy and Perspective in Challenging (or normal times)Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD.Mondays, 7:15-8:45pmSeptember 14; October 5, 19; November 2, 16, 30; and December 14$189Register
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Service of the Heart: Wrestling with PrayerRabbi Mona StrickThursdays, 7-8:30 pmOctober 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12 and 19 $216Register
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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens through MussarRabbi Marcia PlumbWednesdays, 9:15-10:45 amOctober 7, 21; November 11; December 2, 16; January 13, 27; and February 17$216Register
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Jewish Contemporary Life and LivingRabbi Lila KagedanWednesdays, 11am-12:30pmOctober 7, November 4, December 2 , January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14; makeup date May 12$189Register
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Classic
Not for Artists Only - Creative Responses to Jewish Texts for Our TimesRabbi Carol Glass and Julie LeavittThursdays, 3:30-5pmOctober 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5 and 12$162Cancelled
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Watch and LearnLayah LipskerTuesdays, 10:30am to 12 pmOctober 13, 27; November 10, 24; December 1, 8, 22; and January 5$216Register
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An Introduction to Talmudic and Hasidic StoriesRabbi Lev FriedmanTuesdays, 2-3:30pmOctober 13, 20, 27; November 10, 17; and December 1$162Register
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Advanced Mussar Study Group Rabbi Marcia PlumbTuesdays 7:30-9pmOctober 13, 27; November 10; December 8; January 12, 26; February 9 and 23

$216Register
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The Kaballah of FamilyLayah LipskerWednesdays, 12-1:30pmOctober 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 16; January 6 and 20$216Register
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Israel: Then and NowMaya DalzellTuesdays, 11:30am-1:00pmOctober 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1 and 8$216Cancelled
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Advanced Mussar Beth El SudburyRabbi Eric GurvisWednesdays, 7:15-8:45pmOctober 21; November 4, 18; December 2, 9; January 13, 27; and February 10 $216cancelled
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Exploring Our Soul Curriculum-An Exploration of MussarLaila GoodmanSundays, 10-11:30amOctober 18, November 15, December 13, January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 23$216Register
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Exploring God: An Intro for Seekers and SkepticsAkiva NelsonSundays, 5-6:30pmOctober 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22; December 6, 13$216Register
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The Torah of Dreams: Understanding Our Dreams Through the Lens of the PardesLinda Schiller, MSW, LICSWMondays, 6:30-8pmOctober 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 and 23$162Register
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Jewish Mindfulness Meditation on One FootShoshana Cetlin, PhD.Thursdays, 7-8:30pmOctober 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 and 17 $216Register
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Mussar for EveryoneMerry ArnoldThursdays, 7:15-8:45pmOctober 22; November 5, 19; December 3, 17; January 7 and 21$189Register

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 when registering and paying: we cannot accept American Express. Many thanks.

The financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have created a need to increase our student fees slightly. Thank you for your understanding.

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.


Interested in teaching an Open Circle Class?

If you are a teacher and wish to submit a proposal, please stay tuned for the next opportunity to apply.  We are no longer accepting proposals for Winter/Spring 2021.

Want to learn more about Open Circle Jewish Learning?

If you need additional information or want to create your own course, please email Linna Ettinger, Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning, at lettinger@hebrewcollege.edu. Linna can also be reached at 617.559.8813.