Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s
Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s brings together young adults in living rooms throughout Greater Boston to build connection and community through stimulating, accessible Jewish learning and conversation. We offer small-group, discussion-based learning circles on topics including mindfulness and mysticism, politics and history, arts and culture, social action, and texts and traditions. You can also create your own learning circle on any Jewish topic.
- time 20s and 30s
- location Living rooms and community spaces
- duration 6-10 weeks
Fall 2019 Offerings:
Join Rabbinical Student Matt Ponak to learn about the ancient Jewish art of rest, relaxation, and pleasure that we call Shabbat. This class is an offering of Jewish wisdom for people of all backgrounds. Through spiritual texts, stories, discussion, and Shabbat dinners at Matt’s home, we will learn how to find and embrace an oasis in time.
Instructor: Matt Ponak
The Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick: Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m., October 13, 27, November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 15, and 22.
The JewFood cohort is a great opportunity to make friends while cooking classical recipes from Jewish communities around the world. Each week we will learn about a different Jewish community and cook some of their delicacies. Join us for great food, friendship and learning.
Instructor: Rabbi Elie Lehmann
BU Hillel: Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., September 16, 23; October 7, 28; November 4; and Friday, November 8.
Join Rabbi Getzel for a 8-class series on Jewish meditation and mysticism. We will gather each week as a community for guided meditation and text study. We will engage with mystical texts from The Zohar, The Baal Shem Tov, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and the Esh Kodesh, and experiment with their meditative systems and states. No previous experience in meditation or Jewish text study necessary–only authentic curiosity.
Private home in Cambridge: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; and November 7, 14, 21.
Prior to the High Holidays, it is customary to reflect on our lives and consider the ways in which we have been hurt and have hurt others. We draw up the Google maps for our plans to change and transform, and oftentimes…end up right back where we started. In this class, we will explore the Jewish wisdom and technologies surrounding how we acknowledge, accept, and transform the complicated and beloved patterns of our lives. Through explorations of contemporary texts, Jewish mindfulness (Mussar), and other traditional Jewish spiritual texts and tools, we will spiritually–and if needed literally–develop the tools to dig ourselves out of the ditches we find ourselves in. This class is a partnership with the Riverway Project.
Instructor: Emily Rogal
Private home in Somerville: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., October 23, 30, November 6, 20, December 4, and 18.
Walk the terrain where the intellect meets the soul with Asiyah’s Rabbi David Curiel and rabbinic intern Matt Ponak in this exploration of chassidic mysticism through the teachings of two early rebbes: Menachem Nochum Twersky, known as the Chernobyler rebbe and Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav. This will be a journey in dropping into the deep end of kabbalah through chassidic thought, with frequent digressions to buoy you along. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the subject or Hebrew; all levels welcome!
Instructor: Rabbi David Curiel
Workbar Union, 31 Union Square, Somerville: Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, and 16.
Join Rabbi Getzel for a 6-class series directed toward couples on love, ‘beshert,’ and the conscious transition to marriage. Through Jewish wisdom, text study, guided exercises, and frank conversations, we will explore the growth and maintenance of vibrant relationships. Open to couples (all gender and multifaith expressions of partnership strongly welcome) in the year preceding or following a wedding.
Private home in Cambridge: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., October 2, 16, 23, and 30; and November 6, 13.
Boston Synagogue: Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m., November 20; December 4, 11, 18; and January 8, 15.