Passionate community of learners
In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage of learning brings with it special blessings and insights. At Congregation Or Atid, we offer a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. Classes are taught by Rabbi Polisson and a number of scholars who share their wisdom with us. In addition, Or Atid is honored to have sponsored Hebrew College's Me'ah program, an intensive, two-year graduate level study program for adults.
Something for everyone
Whether you are a serious or casual learner, we have classes and programs that will stimulate and challenge your mind and spirit. For our scholars, we offer intensive Torah and Talmud study classes. We also offer Hebrew for beginners.
Just for fun......
Spend an afternoon with "Or Atid Reads" discussing politically current books like "Start Up Nation" or NY Times bestselling novels like "City of Thieves". Enjoy movie night featuring films like "The Dybbuk", one of the top 10 Jewish films of all time. We also explore contemporary themes from a biblical and psychological perspective like "Jewish Guilt 101" or "Family Struggles from the Book of Genesis".
To find out more
Contact Rabbi Polisson at 508-358-9623 or [email protected].
Current class offerings:
Bad-ss Broads of the Bible
New 10-session course offered by the Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group. We'll explore some of the lesser-known, more audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible. Contact Amy Silverstein by Sept. 28 to register.
Instructor: Dr. Rachael Adelman, Assistant Professor of Bible for Hebrew College
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2
Time: 10am to noon
The Supreme Court and Jewish Life in America
In this course we'll explore three fascinating cases in which the US Supreme Court was asked to decide on questions critical to both Jewish practice and American constitutional law. Contact Amy Silverstein by Sept. 28 to register. $50 for 3 course series.
Instructor: Yoni Kadden, Chairperson History Department, Gann Academy
Dates: Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29
Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer
Join Rabbi Polisson in discovering the meaning and power of Jewish prayer and how prayer might be meaningful for us in our all-too-modern world in 2018. We'll also consider various Jewish approaches to prayer, from Biblical and early Rabbinic sources to Kabbalistic and Hasidic texts to modern philosophical and theological perspectives (including at least one atheist perspective!). We'll also learn about the history, structure, and content of Jewish prayer, focusing on the Shabbat morning liturgy and in the final few sessions the class will take a deeper dive into the meaning of specific excerpts from the siddur, the prayerbook.
This course will incorporate experiential elements and will cultivate spirituality which you'll be able to bring into your practice of prayer on Shabbat! No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course, though you just might learn a Hebrew word or two by joining us! Learners of all backgrounds, all levels of Jewish education (including none at all), and all levels of familiarity or comfort with traditional Jewish prayer services (including none) are welcome and invited.
Instructor: Rabbi Louis Polisson
Dates: Thursdays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 20 (Excluding Thanksgiving, Nov. 22)