Classes and Programs

Choose a category of interest and click below to learn of the available opportunities you can participate in.

Should you have any questions, or would like to register for classes or programs, contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211 (unless otherwise noted.)

Israel Text Spiritual Practice Arts & Culture Special Events
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It's our heritage, and there is so much to study, learn, and stay connected with. Classes and programs focus on Israeli history, traditions, language, text study, current events and people. Programs are led by our clergy and congregation members, as well as outside instructors with deep expertise and knowledge of our homeland - past and present.

The Jewish Response to the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Instructor: Yoni Kadden

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Class Fee:  No Fee

Dates:  Mondays, Sep 9, 16 & 23

How did Rabbis in the South understand the Jewish obligation to participate in the civil rights movement? Did Jews living in the South relate to the Civil Rights movement differently than Jews living in the North? How did Northern Jews respond to the challenges of Civil Rights raised in their own neighborhoods? Over the course of three classes we will explore each of these questions by examining case studies and complex historical dilemmas. 

Class size is limited. To register, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.

Israel Current Events Program (ICEP)

Speakers: Varies

Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  No Fee

Dates:  2019-2020 dates TBD.

The Israel Current Events Program (ICEP) is a discussion group in which we learn, examine, and explore important aspects of Israeli current events and how they impact Israel today.  An invited speaker will share his/her expertise on a specific topic, usually Israeli, followed by Q&A and group discussion. Topics are chosen based on timely and pressing issues facing Israel. Email Robin Goldenson or Paul Zorfass with questions. No registration is required - just drop in! Program duration is designed for an exciting and provocative one hour with occasional spill-over. As always, Q&A follows.

For additional information, and speaker line-up, click HERE.

Advanced Hebrew

Instructor: Sigalit Davis

Day and Time: Sundays, 9:30-11:00 am

Class Fee: Contact Lynn Burke for cost information.

2019-2020 Dates: Oct 6, 20 & 27, Nov 3, 17 & 24, Dec 1, 8 & 15, Jan 12 & 26, Feb 2 & 9, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 5, May 3 & 10 

Having been together for several years, this group continues the journey in speaking, reading, writing and singing Hebrew. If you have Hebrew knowledge, come join us! For additional information or questions contact Sigalit Davis.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.

A Taste of Hebrew

Instructor: Sigalit Davis

Day and Time: Sundays, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Class Fee: Contact Lynn Burke for cost information.

Dates: Oct 20 & 27, Nov 3 & 17

Join us for a mini introduction to Hebrew. Learn some basic everyday spoken Hebrew phrases, a couple of songs and expose yourself to the reading and writing of this magnificent magical language whose roots are in the Bible and still spoken in Israel today. For additional information or questions contact Sigalit Davis.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.





Adult Talmud Study/Daf Yomi Study Group

Instructors: Rabbi Philip Sherman and Rabbi Carol Mitchell

Day and Time: SUMMER HOURS Tuesday mornings, 9:30-10:15 am

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates: On-going

Daf Yomi is a daily practice  of reading and discussing a page of Talmud a day.  A complete cycle takes 7 years! We'll begin by meeting once weekly on Tuesday mornings.

If you are interested in learning with us, or have questions, please contact Rabbi Philip Sherman or Rabbi Carol Mitchell.  All are welcome!






Spiritual Practice




Instructor: Jeannie GoldstoneJeannie Goldstone

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am

Class Fee:  $120 for a 10 session package for members, $150 for non-members. Package may be used over a 14 week period.

Dates: Wednesdays, beginning October 3

We welcome our new Yoga instructor, Jeannie Goldstone. Jeannie has been practicing yoga for twenty years and loves sharing the practice with others.  She teaches an alignment-based, meditative yoga flow, in which she strives to make each of her students feel welcome, safe, and comfortable in her classes and in their bodies.  

For more information, please contact Carolyn Kohlman at [email protected]





Arts & Culture

We are able to connect to our Jewish culture in many ways.  It could be through a Jewish cooking class, a community-wide art project, a TBE club, an evening of special music, or a specific cultural event. Find opportunities to immerse yourself in our heritage while building community with others who share your passions.

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Instructor: Rabbi Philip Sherman

Day and Time: Sundays, 9:00-10:30 am

Class Fee: For cost information visit or email Parenting at [email protected].

Dates: Nov 3, 17 & 24, Dec 15, Jan 5 & 12

Discover how compelling Jewish texts and traditions can enrich your family. Share stories and ideas about raising children today. Parents from all backgrounds are welcome. Free babysitting. Scholarships and couple discounts available. For more information, and to register, visit or email Parenting at [email protected].

This program is supported by Hebrew College and CJP.

Cooking: Jewish Gatherings

Instructor: Robin Kalis

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am 

Class Fee: Contact Lynn Burke for cost information.

Dates:  Oct 23, Jan 22, April 22, May 20

Description: Coming soon.


Class size is limited.  Sign up today!  To register, please contact Lynn Burke  (781) 235-8419 x211.

Cooking for Rosh Hashana

Instructor: Robin Kalis

Day and Time: Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee: $50 

Date:  September 25

Description:  Come celebrate the Jewish New Year with this special cooking class! Sephardic ingredients such as citrus, spices, dried fruit and nuts lend a delicious flavor to this festive fall menu. We will be making all the traditional recipes for the holiday including braised chicken with honey and figs, noodle kugel soufle and honey almond cake. We will also be sharing new and old favorite recipes collected over the years. On both nights of Rosh Hashanah, a number of foods are eaten to symbolize prayers and hopes for a sweet new year. Learn to make traditional dishes for your Rosh Hashanah table.

Class size is limited.  Sign up today!  To register, please contact Lynn Burke  (781) 235-8419 x211.

Cooking for Passover

Instructor: Robin Kalis

Day and Time: Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee: $50

Date:  March 25

Description:  Passover is a time of coming together. No seder is complete without some of the absolute favorites we all grew up with. If you are ready to learn the classics, join us for this class. We will be making all the traditional recipes for this passover holiday such as, but not limited, to harosis, brisket (made in a pressure cooker to be enjoyed during class), homemade soup nuts that you will be able to bring home and freeze to be served with your matzoh ball soup on Passover and, finally, a delicious flourless chocolate orange walnut cake. Children over 12, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to come to this interactive cooking class.

Class size is limited.  Sign up today!  To register, please contact Lynn Burke  (781) 235-8419 x211.

Book Club

Book worms gather the last Wednesday evening of each month from 7:30-9:00 in the Beit Midrash. Reading selections are determined a month or two ahead of meeting times. All are welcome to participate. 

For more information, contact Helene KressTrina Reinach, or Ronni Michaelson.

2019-2020 SERIES

October 30, 7:30 pm 

Gateway to the Moon, Mary Morris

In 1492, two history-altering events occurred: the Jews and Muslims of Spain were expelled, and Columbus set sail for the New World. Many Spanish Jews chose not to flee and instead became Christian in name only, maintaining their religious traditions in secret. 





November 27

December 18

January 29

February 26

March 25

April 29

May 27

June 24

Music Club

Music lovers unite to learn more about music we know, to be introduced to some new music, and to enjoy the community of friends with similar musical interests.  Prior to each meeting we listen to one or more works of a composer or performer and read about that composer or genre of music. Come join us!

For additional information please contact Art Gerstenfeld / (617) 852-5748.

2019-2020 SERIES - Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm


Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, October 30

Wednesday, November 20

Tuesday, December 17

Tuesday, January 28

Tuesday, February 25

Wednesday, March 25

Wednesday, April 29

Tuesday, May 19

Tuesday, June 23






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        Learn more: Rabbi Philip Sherman, p[email protected]