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A world of DISCOVERY awaits you.

Adult Learning Programs Offered By Hebrew College and CJP

The Adult Learning Programs offered by CJP’s Commission on Jewish Life and Learning and Hebrew College are for anyone who would like the opportunity to explore the rich connections between Judaism and our lives. We offer classes for just about everyone, including young adults, parents of young children, parents of teens, busy professionals and retirees. Flip through the pages of this brochure and you’ll meet some of the people who have begun to enrich their lives and deepen their Jewish knowledge. Find the program that’s right for you and get started on your path of discovery.

Find complete details at: For more information call 617-559-8709 or email

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Page 2/3 Young Adult Learning Series An innovative six-session journey through Jewish topics and themes Page 4/5 Parenting Through a Jewish Lens A 10-session program that explores core values (ikkarim) and strengthens the family Page 6/7 Parenting Your Teen…Through a Jewish Lens An eight-session program that helps parents navigate their teens’ journey to adulthood Page 8/9 Me’ah An intensive program that offers a core literacy in Jewish culture and civilization leading to a broader knowledge of Jewish history, values and ideas

“There was an overwhelming sense of community and collective desire to learn that seemed to grow stronger with each week. The leaders of each session were outstanding; they ushered us through a broad range of topics and discussions that were both interesting and enjoyable.” — Sean Gilman participated in the Young Adult Learning Series in the spring of 2011

Profession: Sean is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Interests: In his spare time, Sean enjoys sports of all kinds, including sailing, tennis, hockey and skiing.



Young Adult Learning Series What is it?

The Young Adult Learning Series is a six-session program that includes “extras” such as special Shabbat events. In each session, you’ll be introduced to timeless perspectives on selected topics. You’ll enjoy discussions with dynamic presenters and meet lots of other thoughtful participants. Who is it for?

The Young Adult Learning Series is for adults in their 20s and 30s. Why should you take it?

You’ll have the opportunity to: • Meet with expert facilitators and discuss fascinating topics • Gain helpful and important information • Meet interesting people and make new friends • Connect with others who wonder how Judaism is relevant to their lives Where is it?

The Young Adult Learning Series is held at private homes and T-accessible locations in the Greater Boston area.

Get all the details at: For more information call 617-559-8709 or email

“The course made me realize just how important Judaism is to my identity and how I long to be around others who are strongly connected to their Jewish heritage.” — Sarah Kirshenbaum, a recent Young Adult Learning Series graduate

Profession: Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker at a teen parenting and pregnancy program. She has a passion for working with adolescents. Interests: Sarah loves soccer, hiking and camping. 3

“The best part of class was connecting with asking the same sorts of questions about identity and religion. It’s nice to know you’re not alone, and it’s fascinating and


other parents who are

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

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What is it?

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens is a 10-week program that brings together caring parents, expert facilitators and core ideas. Energetic and memorable conversations lead to a greater understanding of your vital role as parent.

and other parents. We made wonderful friends in the program.” — Bryan and Adele Carter, parents of 2-year-old twins

Who is it for?

It’s for any parent interested in learning how timeless values can strengthen their family. You don’t have to be Jewish or belong to a synagogue to enjoy the benefits of the program. Why should you take it?

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from highly skilled instructors who are parents themselves. They understand your interests and concerns and know how to lead meaningful discussions in a warm and welcoming way. You’ll also meet, and get to know, other parents. You'll discover that you’re not alone on your parenting journey. Where is it? Professions: Bryan is a financial analyst and Adele is a cellist. Interests: Adele likes anything having to do with music, art and nature. Bryan loves traveling and learning new languages.

The program is offered at synagogues and private homes throughout the Greater Boston area. Who will watch my kids?

Free on-site babysitting is available for daytime classes.

Get all the details at: For more information call 617-559-8709 or email


“Thanks to the program, we started having Shabbat dinners. I loved learning about the Jewish rituals that now enhance our Friday night meals.”

Professions: Liz divides her time between being at home with her two girls and working part time as an event planner for a non-profit organization. Keith is a software developer, specializing in Internet security. He holds several patents related to keeping kids safe online. Interests: Keith and Liz are swing dancers. In fact, that’s how they met. Now that they have kids, the family spends as much time as possible at the beach.

—K  eith and Liz Newstadt, parents of 6- and 4-year-old daughters 5

“The course brought us closer to others who find themselves in this new arena of parenting teens. Naturally, we tend to talk about our kids, but this allowed for deeper discussion, contemplation and reflection. It was comforting to discover that we are all dealing with similar issues and that we’re there for each other.” — Sion and Gordon Harris, an interfaith couple with a 14-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter

Professions: Both Sion and Gordon work in the medical field. Sion studies adolescent health issues at Children’s Hospital. Gordon works in medical imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. Interests: The entire Harris family is taking part in an unusual activity — building a new house. When they can step away for a minute, the family enjoys cheering for Gordon, who plays in an over-40 soccer league.



Parenting Your Teen… Through a Jewish Lens What is it?

Parenting Your Teen is an eight-session program that draws on Jewish sources of wisdom that can help parents appreciate their teens’ uniqueness and embrace their own changing role as their children journey to adulthood. Who is it for?

Parents of all backgrounds who seek ideas, inspiration and community. Why should you take it?

You’ll be guided by a skilled facilitator who’ll engage you in thoughtful discussion and help you gain practical insights into parenting your teen. You’ll also meet, and get to know, other parents. Where is it?

The program is offered at synagogues throughout Greater Boston.

Get all the details at: For more information call 617-559-8709 or email

“We discussed the different scenarios we’re going through with our kids. Then, the following week we had a 'situation' with our daughter and we were able put the instructor’s advice into practice immediately. We know we handled the situation completely differently because of what we learned.” — Dave and Amy Robbins, parents of a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son

Professions: Dave works in the software industry and Amy is a CFO for a local staffing agency. Interests: Dave and Amy enjoy spending time with their kids doing after school and evening activities. Dave is also very involved with Temple Beth Elohim, and plays softball with the synagogue’s team. Amy likes to play tennis, scrapbook and watch sports. 7


Me’ah What is it?

Me’ah is an in-depth program that offers adult learners a strong foundation in Jewish culture and civilization. The program includes 100 hours of class time and features outstanding faculty from the Greater Boston academic community. Who is it for?

Me’ah is designed for adults of all backgrounds who want to learn more about Jewish religion and culture. It’s for anyone who is interested in learning as much about Jewish life as they know about Western culture. Why should you take it?

During the program, you’ll acquire a framework that you can build upon to grow into a literate student of Judaism. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the connections among contemporary Jewish life, historic events and Jewish traditions. Where is it? Me’ah is offered at synagogues throughout Greater Boston.

Get all the details at: For more information call 617-559-8709 or email

“The other participants in my Me’ah class were amazing, and it felt so special to be there with them. We came from different backgrounds and yet we were all there to learn and explore. Many times when a question was asked, I remember thinking, I wondered about that too. As different as we all are, we were similar in our desire to learn more about what it means to be Jewish.” — Deborah Jacobson, a Me’ah graduate, decided to celebrate her bat mitzvah at age 51 8

Profession: Deborah works part-time as a bookkeeper at Levine Chapels, a Jewish funeral home in Brookline. Interests: In addition to reading, Deborah volunteers at her daughter’s school and at her synagogue.

“All of our instructors were terrific; they had very different styles and personalities. When we struggled with a reading, they were able to explain the meaning or thought in today’s terms. It was fun learning from college professors since we have college-aged children — I only hope their professors are as good!” —R  obin and Ernie Krieger belong to Temple Shalom in Newton, where they took Me’ah

Professions: Robin does sales and marketing for Ernie’s financial planning business. Interests: Every year, the couple spends at least one vacation touring in their ’66 Rambler convertible. Recently their Rambler won a 3rd place prize from the American Motors Ramblers Club.


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