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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, 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 Meditation 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. 

Open Circles: Design your own Open Circle 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.


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved and gifted Me'ah Classic, Me'ah Select, and Open Circle Jewish Learning teacher Dr. David Ariel z’’l.

The funeral took place on Monday, June 18, at 11 a.m., at The Stanetsky Chapel in Canton. Shiva will be held at Orchard Cove in Canton following internment and again on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m..

Hamakom yenachem etchem btoch sh'ar aveilei Tzion V'Yerushalayim. May the memory of Dr. David Arielz''l, be a blessing to all those who knew and loved him and may the Almighty comfort the bereaved family among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Betsy More
Open Circle Jewish Learning
Hebrew College