Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s/Eser

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20’s and 30’s/Eser brings together young adults in living rooms (or online, due to COVID-19) throughout Greater Boston to build connection and community through stimulating, accessible Jewish learning and conversation.

View the Winter 2021 Course Guide [PDF]

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  • time 20s and 30s
  • location Living rooms and community spaces, and online
  • duration Up to 8 sessions. Course lengths will vary-check individual class descriptions for details.
View the winter/spring course guide

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s & 30s/Eser

Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s /Eser brings together small groups of curious, engaged learners with exceptional educators to dive into an array of compelling topics and practices.

The 2021 Eser theme, People of the Books and Beyond: The many Faces of Jew-ish Expression, explores the myriad facets of Jewish cultural and artistic expression. Topics include:

  • Biblical writings
  • Culinary history
  • Ethics
  • Gender Identity and Performance
  • Literature
  • Liturgy
  • Political Thought
  • Theater

We also welcome the opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations throughout Greater Boston to offer tailored young adult experiences. Bring nine friends and pick a theme or topic, and we’ll find a facilitator and provide texts to enrich your Jewish journey!

We welcome participants from all religious faith, political, gender, and economic backgrounds. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required.

Picture this: Ten young professionals sitting around a living room on a weekday evening, eating snacks, drinking wine, laughing, talking and studying sources on some not-so-small questions like: “Is there a Jewish hell?” “Does God exist?” and “Why be Jewish?” If anyone had any doubts about the vibrancy of American Jewish life today, they should sit in on an Open Circle 20s and 30s/Eser session.

– Ilana Zietman, Rabbinical Student and MJEd

Over the program, I formed a close bond with nine other people who I wouldn’t have even met if not for Eser. In the weekly conversations, I started to appreciate the diversity of perspectives answering life’s question and obtained a deeper understanding of how Judaism has intellectually evolved over the past 3000+ years.

– Mark Goldman, Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Want to learn more?

If you need additional information, want to get involved, or wish to create your own class, please contact Ahava Rosenthal, Coordinator, Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s/Eser.