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.
- 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
David Bernat, Ph.D.
Rachel Fish, Ph.D.
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Rabbi David Jaffe
Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.
Rabbi Marcia Plumb, Ph.D.
Rabbi Becky Silverstein
Director, Open Circle Jewish Learning (Texts & Traditions, Arts & Culture, Politics & History tracks)
Rabbi Jordan Schuster
Associate Director, Open Circle Jewish Learning (Mindful Living/Mysticism track)
Faculty, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College