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Open Circle Jewish Learning
Small groups. Big questions. Exceptional educators. 

Find meaning in Jewish sources of wisdom through conversation groups in living rooms, synagogues, and community centers throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Explore Jewish mindfulness and meditation, social justice, politics and history, arts and culture, or texts and traditions – or create your own salon on any topic ranging from Israel to the Torah.

Mindfulness and Mysticism Circles: Discover meditation, mysticism, and mussar, the Jewish spiritual discipline that helps us nurture our soul and spirit and develop a way of living mindfully. 

Politics and History Circles: Delve into Jewish history around the world, from antiquity through the present; understand the intertwined histories of Judaism and other religions; and discuss debates within Israeli politics today.

Art and Culture Circles: Experience Israeli film, poetry and short stories; examine the works of Jewish authors and artists around the globe; and analyze the connections between literature and the Bible. 

Texts and Traditions Circles: Explore Jewish rituals, practices and values, such as those surrounding Shabbat, death and grief, the start of a new month, and ritual immersion. Or delve into vibrant Jewish texts, including the Torah, Talmud, and contemporary Jewish thought. 

Young Adult Social Action Circles: Join together with peers to learn about the importance of the practice of tikkun olam (repair the world), tzedek (justice), and tzedakah (charity) in Jewish tradition, work with community organizers in local advocacy organizations, and make a difference through a meaningful social action activity on a specific theme.

Open Salons: Design your own Open Circle salon on any Jewish text or theme. We’re happy to partner with individuals and organizations to coordinate new conversations. Open Circles must have at least eight members and run for six or more sessions, which can run for 1.5 to 2 hours, weekly, biweekly, or monthly. 

Open Circle is open to adults of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds.



David ArielA night of learning in honor of Dr. David Ariel z'l
November 1, 8 - 9 p.m., Temple Emanuel, Newton

Please join us for a night of teaching and learning in honor of Dr. David Ariel. David was a beloved teacher in the Adult Learning program at Hebrew College, and at many institutions throughout Boston. 

The teaching portion will be led by David's friend, Dr. Everett Fox of Clark University. There will be reflections from several of David's students. Temple Emanuel's cantors will conclude the evening by singing the scholars' Kaddish.

Learn more about and RSVP for the free event here.

Read about David's incredible committment to Jewish education, and feedback from his students.





Betsy More
Open Circle Jewish Learning
Hebrew College