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 pandemic, all Hebrew College Community Learning courses, including Open Circle Jewish Learning classes, are currently meeting online.

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Open Circle Jewish Learning
  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Virtual living rooms, synagogues, and community spaces
  • duration 8 or fewer sessions, 1.5 hours each
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Find meaning and community in Jewish sources of wisdom through personal conversations via virtual or in-person living rooms, synagogues, and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Create your own learning circle on any topic of your choice with friends and fellow community members, or even a favorite instructor. Hebrew College is a pluralistic institution. All learners are welcome, regardless of religious background.

Open Circle Jewish Learning Classes

Learning circles for young adults interested in making new connections to the Jewish community through a shared learning experiences. (Formerly known as Eser.)

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateDescriptionCostRegister
OCJL 20s and 30s Sabores de Sepharad: Exploring the Sephardic Jewish Community through its Kitchen. (4 sessions) Sara GardnerWednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pmJune 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021Read now$60Register

OCJL 20s and 30s Mystical Connections: Kabbalistic teachings on intimacy and relationships (6 sessions) Rabbi Getzel Davis Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 pm EDT June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 2021 Read now$90Register





For additional information about classes, please contact Ahava Rosenthal

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Learning circles that encourage social action and social justice work for all adults in the community. Social Action topics include Racial Justice and Equity, Gender Equity, Social and Economic Justice, and Environmental Guardianship through a Jewish lens.

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateDescriptionCostRegister
OCJL Social ActionActivist ZivugRabbi Getzel DavisWednesdays, 8-9:30 pmJune 2, 9, 16, 23, June 30, July 7, 14, 2021 Read now


$126CANCELLED

For additional information about classes, please contact Ahava Rosenthal

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Learning circles that fulfill the mitzvah to beautify the commandments (hiddur mitzvah) by examining Judaism through visual, dramatic and musical arts.

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateDescriptionCostRegister 
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureRitual Hebrew Calligraphy -Summer (6 Sessions)Rachel JacksonTuesdays 6-7:30pm Eastern TimeJune 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2021Read Now $162 and Course Materials Kit: www.binahdesign.com/opencircle (order by May 11 to receive materials by start of first class)Register

For additional information about classes, please contact Linna Ettinger.

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

We have no summer courses in this area. Please check back in August for our fall offerings.

Learning circles that provide safe spaces for us to listen to all voices with compassion and empathy.

For additional information about classes, please contact Linna Ettinger.

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Learning circles that provide safe spaces with instructors trained in Mussar ethics and values.

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateDescriptionCostRegister
OCJL Classic, Mindfulness  Being a Better Person – A Close Reading with Martin Buber (6 sessions) Rabbi Eric Gurvis Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:45 pmJune 16, 23, 30; July 21, 28, August 4Read Now



$162Register

For additional information about classes, please contact Linna Ettinger.

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Learning circles that offer different gateways of modern interpretation and understanding through the study of history, Jewish thought, literature, Kaballah and Talmud.

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateDescriptionCostRegister
OCJL Classic, Text and TraditionsDaf Yomi Layah LipskerMondays and Thursdays 9-9:45am Eastern TimeMay 10, 13, 20, 24, 27; June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 2021Read Now




$135Register


OCJL Classic, Text and TraditionsDaf Yomi - Session II Layah LipskerMondays and Thursdays 9-9:45am Eastern TimeJune 21, 24, 28; July 1, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 2021Read Now$148Register



OCJL Classic, Text and TraditionsElul and the High Holidays: Rethink, Renew, RejoiceRabbi Getzel DavisThursdays, 8-9:30 pmAugust 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2021Read Now
$75Register



For additional information about classes, please contact Linna Ettinger.

To register for multiple courses or to apply for a financial scholarship, please contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709. 

In order to gain access to courses, all class fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. To ensure timely access to classes, we recommend that late registrations submitted less than 48 hours prior to the start of class be submitted over the phone with Cindy Bernstein, 617-559-8709 during regular business hours. Any requests for financial aid should be made at least two days prior to the start of class. 

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Please note: Currently we can accept on-line payment using MasterCard or VISA credit cards only. Credit card payments are subject to a 4% administrative fee.

Open Circle Jewish Learning FAQs

Hebrew College is committed to accommodating adult learners with accessibility needs for a limited number of courses. Please contact us so we can determine how we might best accommodate you.

Generous financial scholarships are available. Contact us for more information.

For best results, register more than 48 hours prior to the start of a class in order to guarantee that the instructor receives your contact information in time for class.
Currently we can only accept MasterCard and VISA payments. All payments are subject to a 4% administration fee.
To register for more than one class at a time, you must contact Cindy Bernstein at 617-559-8709 to process it over the phone. Otherwise, the system will not compute the payment correctly.

All cancellations prior to the start of class will be refunded in full. After the first class, a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the class fee. For extenuating circumstances, please contact us.

Want to learn more about Open Circle Jewish Learning?

For more information contact Linna Ettinger, Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning.