Winter/Spring 2021 Community Education Opportunities

Winter/Spring Community Education Courses & Programs

Ulpan | Open Circle | Me’ah Select | Parenting & Grandparenting | Teen Learning

All class times are EST U.S.

If you are registering for more than one class, please contact Anna Katsevman at akatsevman@hebrewcollege.edu for assistance.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PROGRAMCOURSE TITLEINSTRUCTORDATESTIMECOST (per person)REGISTER
Hebrew at the Center
Learning Hebrew from AnywhereOrit ShakarghiMarch 1- April 26Mondays at 8 pm$445

$400 for Prizmah members
Register

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ME’AH SELECT

For course descriptions, visit the Me’ah Select website.

PROGRAMCOURSE TITLEINSTRUCTORDATESTIMECOST (per person)PARTNER ORGSREGISTER 
Me'ah SelectTradition on the Screen, Part TwoDr. Jacob Meskin4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11Tuesdays 7-9 pm$165Hebrew CollegeRegister
Me'ah SeminarOld Wine, New Vessels: A Hasidic Master Addresses Today’s Seekers, Spring Series Rabbi Art Green4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 5/24, 6/7, 6/14 Mondays, 12:30-2 pm $225Hebrew CollegeRegister
Me'ah SelectSeven Weeks in the Spring: A Journey to the Heart of the Omer Period Rabbi Nehemia Polen, Ph.D.4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4Tuesdays, 7-9 pm$165Hebrew CollegeRegister
Me'ah SelectCambridge Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film Dr. Jacob Meskin4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm$165Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul, CambridgeRegister


OPEN CIRCLE JEWISH LEARNING: CLASSIC, SOCIAL ACTION, YOUNG ADULT

For course descriptions, visit the Open Circle website.

Open Circle Classic: Arts and Culture 

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureRitual Hebrew Calligraphy (6 sessions) Rachel Jackson with Leana Tapnack (ASL)Tuesdays 6-7:30pmMarch 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021$162 and Course Materials Kit:
www.binahdesign.com/opencircle (order by March 1 to receive materials by start of first class)
Full
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureCreating Each Day: An Omer Maker Space for All Ages (7 sessions) Rabbi Laura BellowsThursdays, 7-8:30pmApril 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2021
Note Revised Dates
$189Register
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureHavurat Yeztirah – Jewish Composition as Spiritual Practice (7 sessions) Jackson MercerTuesdays, 8-9:30pmSummer 2021 Dates TBD$189Register
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureWatch and Learn (8 sessions) Layah LipskerTuesdays, 10:30am-12noonFebruary 9, 23, March 2, 16, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 2021.$216Register
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureWatch and Learn: The exploration of life through Israeli films (8 sessions) Layah LipskerTuesdays, 1-2:30pmFebruary 9, 16, March 2, 16, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureThe Life and Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (8 sessions) Rabbi Daniel BermanThursdays, 10:30-12anoonMarch 4, 11, 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021$216Cancelled
OCJL Classic, Arts and CultureDisruptive Innovations in Jewish Musical History (6 sessions) Cantor Matthew AusterkleinMondays, 8-9:30pmMarch 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 2021$162Cancelled

Open Circle Classic: Gender Studies

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
OCJL Classic, Gender StudiesRevolutionary Rabbis: Talmud Study as a Tool for Radical Change (8 sessions) Frankie SandmelThursdays, 7-8:30pmApril 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2021
Please note the new start date reflects a one week delay from the original start date.
$216Register
OCJL Classic, Gender StudiesTkhines: Yiddish Yearnings of Women and Gender Non-conforming People (4 sessions) Rabbi Noam LermanWednesdays, 7-8:30pmFeb 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021$108Register
OCJL Classic, Gender StudiesMensch Reimagined: How Masculine People Build a Culture of Nurturance (7 sessions) Ian SchifferWednesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 17, 24, 31, April 7, 17 (Shabbat), 21 and 28, 2021 *NOTE NEW DATES*$105Register
OCJL Classic, Gender StudiesKing, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Biblical Characters and Masculine Architypes (6 sessions) Rabbi Dr. Michael ShireMondays, 7-8:30pmApril 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 2021
Please note new dates.
$162Cancelled

Open Circle Classic: Mindfulness

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessBeyond the Basics: Mussar and Middot for Our Time (8 sessions) Rabbi Eric GurvisTuesdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 2, 16, 30 April 13, 27 May 11, 25 June 8, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessBiblical Mussar Made Modern – Semester 2 (8 sessions) Rabbi Carol GlassTuesdays 10-11:30amMarch 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, June 8, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessThe Jewish Road to Character – Stepping onto the Mussar Path – MetroWest Sharei Shalom (8 sessions) Rabbi Eric GurvisWednesdays, 7:30-9March 3, 17, 31; April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessThe Healing Wisdom of the Hebrew Letters: Mystical Messengers for our Time (8 sessions) Rabbi Matthew PonakThursdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 4, 11, 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessJewish Mindfulness Meditation for Care Givers: Loving Yourself Too (6 sessions)Shoshana CetlinThursdays 7-8:30pmMarch 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2021$162Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessJewish Road to Character: A First Trip Down the Mussar Path - Temple Emanuel (8 sessions) Rabbi Eric GurvisThursdays, 7:45-9:15pmMarch 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, June 10, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessMussar for Everyone (7 sessions) Merry ArnoldThursdays, 7:15-8:45pmMarch 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, 2021$189Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessEmbodied Jewish Practice in Daily Life (8 sessions) Ketriellah GoldfederSundays, 7:30-9pm March 7, 21, April 11, 25, May 9, 23, June 6, 20 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessAdvanced Mussar Study Group – Shir Tikvah (8 sessions) Rabbi Marcia PlumbTuesdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 9, 23, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, June 8, 15, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessBeyond Bowing: A Deep Dive into Embodied Jewish Prayer (6 sessions) Joshua Schreiber ShalemWednesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 2021 *Note New Dates*$162Register
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessCycles and Seasons of the Jewish Year (6 sessions) Rabbi Sarah TasmanTuesdays, 1-2:30pmMarch 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2021$162Cancelled
OCJL Classic, MindfulnessImagining God (6 sessions) Genevieve GreinetzTuesdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, 2021162$Cancelled

Open Circle Classic: Texts and Traditions 

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsRevolutionary Rabbis: Talmud Study as a Tool for Radical Change (8 sessions) Frankie SandmelThursdays, 7-8:30pmApril 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2021
Please note the new start date reflects a one week delay from the original dates.
$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsExploring Talmud through the Daily Daf Yomi – Winter (16- 45 minute sessions) Layah LipskerMondays and Thursdays,9-9:45amJan 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28; Feb 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsKaballah of Family (8 sessions)Layah LipskerMondays, 10:30am-12pmFeb 8, 22, March 1, 15, April 12, 26 and May 10, 24, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsWatch and Learn (8 sessions) Layah LipskerTuesdays, 10:30am-12noonFebruary 9, 23, March 2, 16, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsWatch and Learn: The Exploration of Life through Israeli Films (8 sessions) Layah LipskerTuesdays,1-2:30pmFeb 9, 16, March 2, 16, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsIs Diaspora Good for the Jews? The Politics and Possibilities of Galut (6 sessions) Aron WanderTuesdays, 6:30-8pmFebruary 23, March 2, 9, 16 , 23, 30, 2021$162Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsExploring Talmud through the Daily Daf Yomi – Spring (16- 45 minute sessions)Layah LipskerMondays and Thursdays,9-9:45amMar 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, Apr 5, 8, 12,15, 19, 22, 26, 29, May 3, 6, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsHeartfelt Poems to Start the Day: A Discovery of The Daily Psalms (6 sessions) Jamie StolperMondays, 7:30-9:00pmMarch 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, and 12, 2021CancelledRegister
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsBodies of Water: Exploring Ritual Immersion (3 sessions) Naomi MalkaTuesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 9, 16, 23 2021 *NOTE NEW DATES*$81Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsIntroduction to Hasidic Stories (6 sessions) Rabbi Lev FriedmanTuesdays, 2-3:30pmMarch 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 2021$162Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsAll Who Wander are Not Lost (6 sessions) Layah LipskerWednesdays,7:30-9pmMarch 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14, 2021$162Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsIn Search of Renewal (6 sessions) Rabbi Or RoseWednesdays, 9:30-11amMarch 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 2021$162Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsThe Life and Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (8 sessions) Rabbi Daniel BermanThursdays, 10:30-12anoonMarch 4, 11, 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021$216Cancelled
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsBlessing Hard Times: Jewish Wisdom about Patience, Endurance and Gratitude (5 sessions) Naomi Gurt LindSundays, 11am-12:30pmMarch 7, 14, 21 April 4, 11, 2021$135Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsIntroduction to Halacha: Between Law and Language for Living (8 sessions) Shoshana RosenbaumMondays, 7:15-8:45pmMarch 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 3, 10, 24, June 7, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsBiblical Books You Haven’t Read (Yet) (4 sessions) Marc StoberTuesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 9, 16, 30; April 6, 2021$108Cancelled
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsThe 50th Gate – Counting the Omer (8 sessions) Rabbi Gavriel GoldfederNEW Time/Day: Wednesdays, 9-10:30pmMarch 24 ,31; April 7; ,14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 2021$216Register
OCJL Classic, Texts and TraditionsKing, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Biblical Characters and Masculine Architypes (6 sessions) Rabbi Dr. Michael ShireMondays, 7-8:30pmApril 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 2021
Please note new dates.
$162Cancelled

OPEN CIRCLE JEWISH LEARNING: SOCIAL ACTION

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
OCJL Social ActionZIVUG: Activist Couples Transitioning to Marriage (7 sessions) Rabbi Getzel DavisWednesdays, 8-9:30pmApril 7, 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19, 26, 2021$126Register
OCJL Social ActionShmitta: A Year of Letting Go---Jewish Practices of Justice, Freedom and Equality (6 sessions) Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit and Kohenet Keshira Halev FifeWednesdays, 8-9:30pmApril 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2021$108Register
OCJL Social ActionWhat to Eat: Food Choice Dilemmas in a Jewish Context (7 sessions) Leora Mallach and Michelle KliegerWednesdays, 7:30-9March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 2021$126This class has been cancelled.
OCJL Social ActionFat Torah: Building Communities of Belonging for Every Body (8 sessions) Rabbi Minna BrombergSundays, 9:30-11amMarch 7, 14, 21, April 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 2021$144Register
OCJL Social ActionWondrous Connecting: Weaving Ourselves into the More-Than-Human World (3 sessions) Rabbi Katy Allen and Rabbi Josh BreindelWednesdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 10, 17, 24, 2021$54Register
OCJL Social ActionTransformative Philanthropy: Grounding in Jewish Tradition to Give for the Long Haul (6 sessions) Molly SchulmanThursdays, 7:30-9pmMarch 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, 2021 $108Register

OPEN CIRCLE JEWISH LEARNING: 20s AND 30s

For course descriptions, visit the Open Circle 20s & 30s website.

ProgramCourse TitleInstructorTimeDatesCostRegister
OCJL 20s and 30sWorking for Revelation: A Journey Through the Sefirot (7 sessions) Rabbi David Curiel and Rabbi Getzel DavisThursdays, 8-9:30pmApril 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 2021$105Register
OCJL 20s and 30sA Shifting Landscape: Jewish Identity in 21st Century America (7 sessions) Akiva NelsonSundays, 5-6:30pmApril 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2021$105Register
OCJL 20s and 30sModern Conundrums: Western Ethics and Jewish Law on The 21st Century’s Hardest Questions (8 sessions)Rabbi Getzel Davis, Dr. Leah Rosenberg and Sydney LevineTuesdays, 8-9:30pmApril 6, 13,20, 27, May 4, 11, 25, June 1, 2021$120Register
OCJL 20s and 30sAngry Seas, Tender Skies: Learning Climate Resilience Through Midrash (3 sessions) Rabbi Laura BellowsWednesdays, 6-7:30pmMay 12, 19, 26, 2021$45Register
OCJL 20s and 30sSpiraling Through Time: Shmitah 2021 (7 sessions)Leora Mallach and Rabbi Getzel DavisTuesdays, 8-9:30pmFebruary 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 2021$105Register
OCJL 20s and 30sZIVUG: Transition to Marriage (7 sessions) Rabbi Getzel Davis Wednesdays, 8-9:30pmFebruary 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 2021$105Register
OCJL 20s and 30sDawn: Dancing through the Darkness with Rebbe Nachman of Breslev (8 sessions) Rabbi David Curiel and Rabbi Getzel DavisThursdays, 8-9:30pmFebruary 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021$120Register
OCJL 20s and 30sBaking and Breaking Bread Across the Diaspora (6 sessions) Sara GardnerSundays, 4-5:30pmMarch 7, 14, 21, April 11, 18, 25, 2021$90Register
OCJL 20s and 30sBeyond Fiddler: Jewish Identity in American Theatre (8 sessions) Elliot LazarMondays, 7:30-9pmMarch 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2021120$Register
OCJL 20s and 30sGrappling with a Nation Divided: Torah for Our Times (8 sessions) Eric FeldTuesdays, 8:15-9:45pmMarch 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021$120This class has been cancelled.
OCJL 20s and 30sCapturing Folk Wisdom: "The Dybbuk" and S. Ansky (6 sessions) Rabbi Noam LermanWednesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 2021 *NOTE NEW DATES*$90Register
OCJL 20s and 30sMensch Reimagined: How Masculine People Build a Culture of Nurturance (7 sessions) Ian SchifferWednesdays, 7-8:30pmMarch 17, 24, 31, April 7, 17 (Shabbat), 21 and 28, 2021 *NOTE NEW DATES*$105Register
OCJL 20s and 30sFrom Shabbat to Shavuot; Jewish Practices and Personalities Across the Globe (8 sessions) Elisha GechterThursdays, 8-9:30pmMarch 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2021 *NOTE NEW DATES*$120Register


PARENTING & GRANDPARENTING THROUGH A JEWISH LENS

Coming soon. For course descriptions, visit the parenting website.

ProgramTitleInstructorTimeDateCostRegister
Parenting Through a Jewish LensParenting Through a Jewish Inclusive Lens (5 sessions)Carolyn KellerSundays, 8:15-9:45 pmJan.31, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 11$80Register
Parenting Through a Jewish LensAncient Jewish Secrets for Rasing Modern Children (4 sessions)Rabbi Amy Grossblatt PessahSundays, 8-9:30 pmFeb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 21$80Register
Parenting Through a Jewish LensParenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens (5 sessions)Rabbi Barbara PenznerSundays, 4:00-5:30 pmJan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb.21, March 7, March 21$80Register
Parenting Through a Jewish LensGrandparenting Through a Jewish Lens (5 sessions)Margie Bogdanow LICSWWednesdays, 5:30-7:00pmMarch 3, 10, 17, 24, 31$80Register


HEBREW LANGUAGE ULPAN

Visit the Ulpan website for more information.

Course NameInstructorLocationTimeCost
Ulpan Level 1AMaya Dalzellonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm, February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan Level 1AMaya Dalzellonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 6:45-8:15pm, February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan Level 1B Maya Dalzellonline via zoomMonday and Wednesday 6:30-8:00 p.m., February 8-May 10$750
Ulpan Level 2AShlomi Zanonline via zoomSunday and Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., February 7- May 20$750
Ulpan Level 2A Maya Dalzellonline via zoomMonday and Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., February 8-May 10$750
Ulpan Level 2B Shlomi Zanonline via zoomMonday and Wednesday 6:30-8:00 p.m., February 8-May 10$750
Ulpan Level 3AOsnat Hazanonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan Level 3BOsnat Hazanonline via zoomWednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., February 10-May 12$750
Ulpan Level 4Maya Dalzellonline via zoomMonday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., February 8-May 10$750
Ulpan 5TBDonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:30pm,February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan 6Maya Dalzellonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:30pm, February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan 7TBDonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:00am,February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan Level 8TBDonline via zoomTuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:00am,February 9-May 11$750
Ulpan 9TBDonline via zoomFriday 9:00-11:00am, February 12-May 14$635
Ulpan Level 9Alliza Broshonline via zoomMonday and Friday, 8:30-10:00 a.m., February 8-May 14$750
Ulpan Level 10Aliza Broshonline via zoomWednesday and Friday 10:00-11:00am, February 10-May 11$635


TEEN LEARNING PROGRAMS: JTFGB, TEEN BEIT MIDRASH, GESHER ISRAEL SEMINAR, PROZDOR IMMERSIVES

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PROGRAMINSTRUCTORDATE/TIMEAGESCOSTINFORMATION/REGISTER
Prozdor (Feb.-May 2021)



Various FacultySundays, , 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hebrew only option: 10:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

8th-12th$1400 (Spring semester)
$950 (Hebrew only)
$500 (One class), Financial aid available
Registration deadline: January 31
Register

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OTHER TEEN PROGRAMS
Prozdor Immersives: Deep Dive Into Innovation, Ethics, and ArtsVarious FacultyJanuary 17, and April 25 for 2-3 hours each7th-12th Each Immersive: $36 household / $25 individual for unlimited learning throughout the dayProgram information & registration
Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB): Philanthropy and LeadershipLeah Goldstein, DirectorSundays every 3-4 weeks, September through May9th-12th$400 + a fundraising commitmentRegister
Teen Beit Midrash: Where Talmud, Teens, and Today's Questions MeetRabba Claudia Marbach, Director, and Eliana WillisTuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m., September through May8th-12th $1,200 (Spring semester), Financial aid availableRegister
Gesher Israel Seminar: Teen Israel ExperienceJonathan Golden, Fallon Rubin, Rabbi Laura BellowsSundays, 12:30-2:00 pm, January 24, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 16.10th-12th $175Register