Open Circle Social Action
How can we put Jewish values into action? What can Jewish texts teach us about doing justly today? How can advocacy and activism inform our study of Jewish texts? And how can one person bring about healing and repair in these troubled times?
Open Circle Social Action brings together people in their twenties and thirties for Jewish learning, organizing, and activism. Joining together with local organizations fighting for justice and equality on a variety of fronts – immigration, civil rights, gender justice, the environment, and more – OCSA invites you to form community, explore foundational values, and discover how to put them into action. Classes will take place in private homes and community centers; if you’re interested in hosting, please contact Director Betsy More at email@example.com.
NOTE: Some classes may involve one or two additional sessions of activist engagement, dates/times TBD.
Welcome the Immigrant
Taught by Sandmel (they/them)
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20
Join rabbinical student and immigration activist Sandmel for study and action toward justice for immigrants and refugees. This class, which brings together texts, conversation, and volunteering, goes beyond the well-known command to “love [strangers] as yourself” to ask what that means in a society that is demonstrating ever more hostility toward them. It will provide crucial grounding in Jewish values around justice, build a community to support sustained engagement in immigration activism and connect students with organizers around Boston doing the day to day work of helping immigrants breathe free. As we see immigration further restricted and more and more immigrants stuck in endless detention, this class will help students plug into this urgent cause.
Dignity for All: LGBTQ+ Justice
Taught by Becky Silverstein (he/him)
Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Treating all people with dignity is an animating value in the Jewish tradition. Join us as Open Circle partners with Keshet to put this value into practice with and for the LGBTQ community working to uphold protections for transgender people. We will spend time phone banking, canvassing, learning, discussing, and organizing to create the world we want to live in. Learning will include sources from both the Jewish tradition and the modern world; actions will support the Yes on 3 campaign for protecting trans rights in Massachusetts.
Torah for Reproductive Justice
Taught by Shani Rosenbaum
Coming Winter 2019!
Our course on the Torah of Reproductive Justice will examine ancient Jewish texts alongside modern scholarship and our own intuitions and experiences. We’ll explore questions at the heart of debates around reproductive justice: how do we make individual and communal choices around having and raising children? How do we build societies that reflect our values of human life, the sanctity of bodies, bodily integrity and autonomy? Along the way, we’ll pair study with action in partnership with a local organization working toward reproductive justice.
Tuition assistance is available — don’t let cost be a barrier! Please contact Betsy More at 617-559-8736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All classes are subsidized by CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies).
Class schedules vary by site – please contact us with any questions.
Those who withdraw from the class before the first session will be given a full refund. A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund if you choose to withdraw from the class after the first session.