Open Circle Jewish Learning

Open Circle Jewish Learning, sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), brings together small groups of curious, engaged learners with exceptional educators to dive into an array of compelling topics and practices.

Explore our mindfulness and meditation, texts and traditions, arts and culture, and social action classes, or create your own Open Circle with seven friends or colleagues.

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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

As a teacher, [Open Circle] gave me a chance to present essential ideas and experiences. For the students, who were all working during the day, it gave them a chance to have a taste of Torah without having to stay for a full meal. To switch metaphors, it was like lighting a fire! My hope was that this short series of classes would provide just the right spark to create a sense of wonder and excitement in the students.

– Dov Y. Bard


Merry Arnold
David Bernat, Ph.D.
Tamar Biala
Judy Elkin
Rachel Fish, Ph.D.
Ketriellah Goldfeder
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Rabbi David Jaffe
Layah Lipsker
Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.
Nina Piken
Rabbi Marcia Plumb, Ph.D.
Shani Rosenbaum
Debra Rosenblum
Frankie Sandmel
Julie Seltzer
Rabbi Becky Silverstein


Bernice Lerner
Dean of Adult Learning (Texts & Traditions, Arts & Culture, Politics & History, and Social Action tracks)

Rabbi Jordan Schuster
Associate Director, Open Circle Jewish Learning (Mindful Living/Mysticism track)
Faculty, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Want to learn more about Open Circle Jewish Learning?

If you need additional information, want to create your own salon, or have questions about registration, please contact Bernice Lerner, Dean of Adult Learning, at or 617-559-8709.