Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s


Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s 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 Fall 2020 Course Guide [PDF]

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  • time 20s and 30s
  • location Living rooms and community spaces
  • duration 6-10 weeks (Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s & 30s) ; 10 weeks (Eser)
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Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s & 30s

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

Find meaning in Jewish sources of wisdom through approachable conversations in living rooms, synagogues, and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area. Open Circle Jewish Learning themes include:

  • Mindfulness and mysticism
  • Politics and history
  • Arts and culture
  • Social action
  • Texts and traditions

We also welcome the opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations throughout Greater Boston to offer tailored young adult experiences. Bring seven 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, political, gender, and economic backgrounds. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required. Past participants include secular and religious Jews from a variety of movements, and non-Jews, including partners in interfaith relationships, and those considering going through conversion.

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 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 discussion group, please contact Joel Stanley, Associate Director of Young Adult Programs, Open Circle Jewish Learning, at

If you are a teacher and wish to submit a proposal for consideration for Summer or Fall 2020, please fill in this form.