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Open Circle Jewish Learning brings together small groups of curious, engaged learners with exceptional educators. Participants enjoy guided discussions that are rooted in vibrant Jewish texts and culture and facilitated by experts in the topic. Open Circle groups meet in living rooms, synagogues, and community centers, and typically run for 1.5 to 2 hours, weekly or biweekly, or monthly, for 6 or more sessions. They are open to adults of all ages and backgrounds. Those who would like to explore particular subjects may request help in organizing groups. Open Circle Jewish Learning partners with both individuals and organizations. 

The program includes four different tracks:

  • Salons – a living room (or café or library) experience built around Jewish texts of particular interest to participants

  • Mindful Living – an exploration of topics within the realm of Jewish spirituality (e.g., Jewish Mindfulness, meditation, Mussar, and Mysticism)

  • People of the Book – book groups focusing on excerpts from selected books of the Tanach (Jewish Bible)

  • Jewish Food for Thought – food or wine based discussions featuring expert-led conversations about the significance of Jewish holidays, life-cycle rituals, and global Jewish communities.


Open Circles for Young Adults

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are offering one Open Circle exclusively for young adults in their twenties or thirties for a special, one-time, discounted rate of $75. Young Adults may also wish to enroll in Eser, our theme-based program that begins in the winter of 2017.

Registration and Questions? 

Click through to the specific Open Circle track to register.  For further questions, please contact Betsy More.


Betsy More
Associate Director
Open Circles Jewish Learning
Hebrew College