Eser: Expand Your 10

Conversation | Connection | Community

Eser is Hebrew for 10, a number with special significance in Judaism. Ten is a symbol of good luck and power: there are 10 commandments, 10 members of a minyan, and 10 sefirot, or elements of the divine existing in nature.  

Eser encourages you to expand your 10 through discussions and debate with your peers; by exploring contemporary issues and ideas through a Jewish lens; and by building connection and community through conversation.

Eser, a Hebrew College program supported by CJP, brings together individuals in their 20s and 30s throughout the Greater Boston Area, no matter where you are on your Jewish journey. We welcome individuals from all religious, political, gender, and economic backgrounds. 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.

Register now to continue #YourJewishJourney and #ExpandYour10.



Eser Fall 2018 Courses: Identity, Meaning, Community, Justice

Continue your #JewishJourney this fall with Eser Select, six-to-eight-week learning experiences where you can chat about the issues that matter most to you, delve into your own Jewish identity, connect to other young adults, and create community; and check out our new partner program, Open Circle Social Action, which empowers young adults in Boston to make a difference through hands-on action with local advocacy organizations, combined with text-based learning. Classes are listed below. 

Awakening to Daily Wonder Through Jewish Mindfulness: This class offers texts and practices that can help inspire or deepen a regular personal meditation practice. We will explore different techniques and texts to cultivate awareness, acceptance, and a loving relationship with the present moment and ourselves in it. Tuesdays in Cambridge: October 9 - November 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Owning Your Jewish Identity: How do we navigate the path of our Jewish identity? Where does it come from?Where is it going? Who has influenced it? How are we finding our own way? We will explore big questions together, look at modern prompts, and study ancient texts. There are no right answers or required backgrounds – this is a learning experience is open to everyone. Mondays in Somerville, October 15 - November 19, and Tuesday, November 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m.


People, Place, Purpose: An Inter-religious Dialogue: We live in one of the most religiously diverse societies in the history of humankind. In this rich cultural context, how do we honor our similarities and differences, and create a vibrant and inclusive pluralistic ethos? This discussion group welcomes people who identify as religious, secular, seeking, or spiritually curious, who want to explore questions of identity, meaning, community, and justice with other young adults from different walks of life. Wednesdays, November 14 - December 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Best of Eser BASEd in Boston: Never done Eser before and want to give it a try? Dying to revisit a past year’s theme? In this six-session class, organized in collaboration with BASE Boston, you’ll discuss topics ranging from tattoos to interfaith relationships to life’s big questions in EBC’s very own living room. Explore the "Best of Eser" while you’re "BASEd" in Boston! Wednesdays in Brookline, November 7 - December 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


10 Not-So-Small Questions with Temple Emanuel: Does Judaism have value in 2018? Is God real? Does Hell exist for Jews? What should Israel mean for me? This fall, Temple Emanuel's Yisod and Eser are partnering to offer an exciting discussion-based learning opportunity. Thursdays in Newton, October 11 - December 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Sara Gardner
Associate Director of Young Adult Programs
(617) 559-8809 

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