Schedule and Locations

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
Tuesdays (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 30th), 7- 8:30 pm, Cambridge
Facilitators: Genevieve Greinetz & Beni Summers

This 8 class series on Jewish mindfulness and meditation is open to all levels of practitioners. Led by Hebrew College student Genevieve Greinetz and Temple Emunah’s Beni Summers, Awakening to Daily Wonder Through Jewish Mindfulness offers texts and practices that will serve to create or deepen a regular, personal meditation practice for participants.Using the elements of our everyday to guide the eight sessions, we will explore different techniques and texts to cultivate awareness, acceptance, and a loving relationship with the present moment and ourselves in it. All are welcome and participants can expect to find joy and challenge in a supportive community along the way. Please note: the Shabbat experience on November 30th is mandatory as part of this class.

 Owning Your Jewish Identity
5 Mondays (Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 19); 1 Tuesday (Nov. 13) from 7:30-9 pm; Somerville
Facilitator: Elisha Gechter

How do we navigate the path of our Jewish identity? Where does it come from, where is it going, who has influenced it, and how are we finding our own way? In this 6-session discussion group we will explore big questions together, look at some modern prompts, and study ancient texts to get at this conversation that you are all fully part of. There are no right answers or required backgrounds – this learning experience is open to everyone. Let’s mine and explore our differences together in supportive, open community!

People, Place, Purpose: An Interreligious Dialogue
Wednesdays (Nov. 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 15, 19), 7-9 pm, Location TBD
Facilitators: Sara Gardner & Or Rose

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.

 Best of Eser BASEd in Boston
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12, 19, from 7-9 pm; Brookline
Facilitator: Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Never done Eser before and want to give it a try? Dying to revisit a past year’s theme? You’ll be able to explore past favorites and new discoveries over the course of this 6-session class, facilitated by Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen. In conjunction with BASEHillel 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!

10 Not-So-Small Questions with Temple Emanuel
Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 9, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, from 7-9 pm; Temple Emanuel in Newton
Facilitator: Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger

Does Judaism have value in 2018? Is God real? Does Hell exist for Jews? What should Israel mean for me? This fall, Yisod and Eser are partnering to offer a rare discussion-based learning opportunity with our very own Rav Hazzan Aliza Berger. Price: $72.00 per person*

Includes 8 learning session and a Shabbat dinner! Space is limited. Register now to save your spot. *Course generously subsidized by Yisod. To register for this program, please use this link: You will be redirected to another registration page.


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