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 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. Course is now in session.

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


Learn To Chant Trope 

Join Rabbi Polisson for this six-week course to learn how to chant Ta'amei Ha-Mikra, known in English as Torah trope. We will focus on learning the basic trope patterns and will build up to more advanced ones. By the end of six weeks, you will be able to chant the Torah reading for Rosh Hodesh (the beginning of each new Hebrew month) and have the tools to prepare on your own to chant other Torah readings! Note: this course is intended for people who already know how to read and pronounce Hebrew accurately. Register here.

Instructor: Rabbi Polisson
Dates: Thursdays, March 7 to April 11 (exception - Wed., March 27 instead of Thurs. March 28)
Time: 7:30pm to 8:45pm

Social Action

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: May 5: 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. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: April 7: 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.

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Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. 

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible:
10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

Learn to Chant Trope
Thursdays, Now to April 11, 7:30pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, six-week course to learn how to chant Ta'amei Ha-Mikra, known in English as Torah trope. RSVP here.

 

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