Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s

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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.


Eser, our popular spring course, features 10 sessions of facilitated discussion and Jewish learning around a specific theme. The 2020 theme is: “Hindsight is 2020: Judaism’s 10 Most Surprising Moments.”


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

The Open Circle Jewish Learning 20s and 30s Team

Our facilitators are educators and rabbis training and experienced in leading young adult groups in discussion and text-based Jewish learning.

Open Circle 20s and 30s Instructors

Eser-On-Campus Educators

Rabbi Getzel Davis
Getzel Davis is associate rabbi and Jewish educator at Harvard Hillel. Before joining Harvard, he was a rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue and spiritual director at Eden Village Camp. He has also worked as an educator for American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, the Teva Learning Alliance and Larchmont Temple. A graduate of Brandeis University, Davis received his rabbinic ordination and Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He loves to get lost in deep forests and rock out to brass-band music.

Rabbi Elie Lehmann
Elie Lehmann loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. He is Senior Jewish Educator at BU Hillel, a graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and former Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Recently, he returned from a year of learning in Israel and summer teaching Judaic Studies in Kenya. Elie is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. When not jamming on drums, Elie can be found experimenting in the kitchen or cycling around new neighborhoods.

Eser Committee Members

  • Evan Busch
  • Sarah Canterman
  • Misha Clebaner
  • Meredith Reiches
  • Rebecca Strauss

Interested in being on our committee? Let’s get together.


Hear from Our Faculty

Two Hebrew College Rabbinical School students discuss their experience developing curriculum and teaching for Eser. 

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

For questions about registration, please contact Helaine Denenberg, Administrative Coordinator of 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 (click here).