Adult Education

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 Finestone 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 Finestone at 508-358-9623 or [email protected]

Current class offerings:

Ancient Answers for Modern Questions: The Power of Midrash
Instructor: Rabbi Finestone
Tuesdays @ 7:30pm: 10/31, 11/7, 11/14

What happened after Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden? What did Isaac and Abraham talk about during that long walk to the mountain? And why should any of it matter to us now? Midrash is a genre of Jewish literature, written over the span of many centuries, that looks at the Biblical text, and seeks to explain, explore, and discover new meanings and insights.

Female Ruse: Women’s Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible
Instructor: Dr. Rachel Adelman (PhD), .
Weds. @ 10am-12pm, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6

Sponsored by the Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group. Book reading and discussion.

Dr. Rachel Adelman, Torah scholar, teacher and poet will lead the discussion using her latest book as our guide for this 10-week course. From Eve to Esther, the Hebrew Bible is replete with gendered tales of trickery.  A lie is uttered, a mask donned, a seduction staged, while redemption is propelled forward, guided by the divine hand.Over the course of nine chapters, Ms. Adelman will discuss the many different narratives of deception where God is in cahoots with these feminine agents in advancing the providential plan.

The Power of Dreams: How Dreams Changed the Fate of the Jewish People
Instructor: Rabbi Finestone
Tuesdays @ 7:30pm March 6, 13, 20

Session One: The Dream of Joseph and the Dream of Pharoah

Session Two: The Dream of Peter and the Dream of Constantine

Session Three: The Dream of Mohammed and the Dream of Herzl

The Big Schmooze with Larry
Informative and lively exchange pertinent to our Jewish lives with our own Larry Sternberg.  Dates to be determined.

Social Action

Family Promise - Hosting Homeless Families

Oct. 29- Nov. 12: Or Atid joins forces with Peace Lutheran to host homeless families for two weeks, twice during the year. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Dec. 10:  Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. 

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Nov. 5: Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday. 


Adult Education

Find out more about our new slate of classes for Fall!