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Open Circle Jewish Learning:
Mindful Living and Mysticism

An exploration of topics within the realm of Jewish spirituality, including Jewish Mindfulness, meditation, Mussar, and Mysticism

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Courses in Mindfulness
Fall 2018

Wise Aging
Debra Rosenblum
Private Residence, Arlington 
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm*
September 25; October 9, 16; November 20; December 4, 11
Fee: $120


Those of us in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond can count ourselves as part of a history-making generation -- pioneers in understanding and making the most of this "third chapter" of life.  These years of aging are full of opportunities for learning, growth and finding new meanings and connections.  The Wise Aging program provides resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom.  To engage this work, we will draw upon passages from the Talmud, Hasidic narrative, poetry from Jewish, Buddhist and Christian traditions, as well as contemporary writings by Ram Dass and Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi.  Learning modalities will include small and large group disscussions, reflective listening, meditation and dyads.  Topics will include exploring this stage of life; a life review; relationship to one's body; revitalizing and nourishing relationships; practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change and death; culitvating wisdom; and leaving a legacy.

*The first class will be a pot-luck Sukkot celebartion, meeting from 6pm-9pm.


Black Fire and White Fire: The Sacred Scribal Arts
Julie Seltzer
Kehillath Israel, Brookline
Sundays, 10am-12pm
October 14, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 10, March 17, April 14, May 19
Fee: $160


This hands-on workshop will introduce students to ktivat sta"m, the traditional Hebrew calligraphy used in writing Torah, from a technical as well as a spiritual perspective.  We will learn some of the basic rules of writing, how to work with a feather and ink, how to form letters, techniques for proper spacing, and the role of kavana, or intention, in the meditative practice of sacred writing.


Creating an Authentic Relationship with Yourself, Others and God
Ketriellah Goldfeder
Private Residence, Sharon
Sundays, 7:30pm-9:00pm
October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16
Fee: $200


During this series of 10 classes, you will create and/or reinvigorate a daily Jewish practice that is mindful, compassionate and supportive of authentic relationship with yourself, others and God.  These classes will include Torah text study, mindfulness, and body centered exercises, journaling and compassionate listening partnerships.  

This intimate group of women will be supported between classes with a private Facebook group as well as one private personal coaching session with Ketriellah.


 
Courses in Mysticism
Fall 2018

Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Recentering of Subjectivity from the Person to God
Rabbi Dov Y. Bard
Boston Synagogue, Boston
Thursdays, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13.
Fee: $200


It is time to shatter the complacency of the modern age!  We need to address the loneliness and isolation of living a life without God by allowing Heschel to help us once again feel the presence of God's living light and teaching.  This involves both learning how to think and how to read religiously in such a way as to allow us to respond more effectively to the ultimate questions of our lives.

This will require a careful reading and study, an ambitious reading over a ten week period, of the two leading works of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel -- Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man.  We will quickly recognize that Heschel, even in his prose, is a poet.  And we will find a "blazing fervor" where Heschel will reintroduce us to the experience of wonder so as to provide a life-long resource for reflection and prayer.  This is the goal of the class!

Courses in Mussar
Fall 2018

Mussar Study and Practice
Merry Arnold
Temple Sinai, Brookline
Thursdays, 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8
Fee: $120

An introduction to Mussar, the study and practice of Jewish ethics and self-development. Mussar offers a practical approach, rooted in Jewish teachings, to enhance our lives by studying and thoughtfully working on traits we wish to develop or improve in ourselves. These range from lovingkindness to curiosity, honor to humility. Join us as we work toward becoming the people we'd like to be!


Advanced Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Nancy Weiss 
Private Home, Lexington
Thursdays
October 11, 25; November 1, 15, 29; December 6, 20
Fee: $140

Mussar Study and Practice (FILLED)
Ronit Ziv-Kreger
Private Home, Sharon
Sundays
October 14; November 4; December 15; February 10; March 10; April 7; May 19; June 2
Fee: $160

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Marcia Plumb 
Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester
Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm
October 23; November 13, 27; December 18; January 8, 29; February 19; March 12
Fee: $160

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Marcia Plumb 
Private Home, Newton
Wednesdays
October 3, 24; November 7; December 12; January 2, 16; February 13; March 6, 27; April 10; May 1, 29; June 19
Fee: $260


Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis 
Beth El Temple Center, Belmont
Mondays, 7pm-9pm
October 22; November 19; December 17; January 7; February 4; March 4; April 1, 29; May 20; June 3
Fee: $200

In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.

 

Discovering Mussar (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis 
Temple Emanuel, Newton
Thursdays, 10am-12pm
October 4, 18; November 1, 15, 29; December 13; January 3, 17
Fee: $160

In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Beth Shalom, Needham
Thursdays, 8:30am-10:15am
September 13, 27; October 11, 25; November 8; December 6, 20; January 10, 24, 31
Fee: $200


In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.


Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Temple Isaiah, Lexington
Mondays, 7:30pm-9:00pm
October 8, 29; November 5, 26; December 3, 10; January 14, 28
Fee: $160


In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.

Mussar Practice Group 
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Congregation Beth El, Sudbury
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
October 3, 17, 31; Nov. 14, 28; Dec. 12; Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6, 20; March 6, 27; April 10, 24; May 8, 22; June 5, 19
Fee: $360

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Nina Piken
Private Residence, Lexington
Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:30pm
October 9, 23; November 6, 20; December 4, 18; January 8, 22
Fee: $160

Mussar Middot Exploration 1
Caryl Shaw
Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
Tuesdays, 9:45am-11:30am
September 25; October 9, 23; November 13, 27; December 11, 18
Fee: $140

This class is based on Alan Morinis' book Everyday Holiness.  It is for those who are new to Mussar or who would like to revisit the middot of Humility, Anger, Trust, Gratitude, Honor and Alacrity.

Mussar Middot Exploration 2 (FILLED)
Caryl Shaw
Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
Thursdays, 7pm-8:45pm
September 27; October 11, 25; November 15, 29; December 13, 20
Fee: $140

Theses classes are for those who have completed Season of Mussar I and are ready to dive deeper into their study and practice.


Courses in Mussar
Spring 2019

Discovering Mussar (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis 
Temple Emanuel, Newton
Thursdays, 10am-12pm
February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 11; May 2, 16, 30
Fee: $160

In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Beth Shalom, Needham
Thursdays
Februray 7; March 7, 21; April 4, 25; May 9, 23; June 6, 13
Fee: $180

In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us, and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.  In this series, we will delve into the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition's wisdom for our lives in our times.  Come travel Mussar's "Jewish Road to Character" into a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.

 

Mussar Practice Group (FILLED)

Nina Piken

Private Residence, Lexington

Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:30pm

February 12, 26; March 19; April 2, 23; May 7, 21; June 4

Fee: $160

 

Please contact Rabbi Jordan Schuster with any questions.

MORE INFORMATION

Betsy More
Director
Open Circle Jewish Learning
Hebrew College 
617.559.8736
emore@hebrewcollege.edu

Rabbi Jordan Schuster
Associate Director 
Open Circle Jewish Learning
Mindful Living/Mysticism Track
617.559.8674
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