Education Director

New Education Director at Or Atid


Orna Sonnenschein has recently joined Congregation Or Atid as our new Education Director. Orna comes to us with over 15 years of administrative and education experience working with several synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Boston area. She served as Director of Education at Temple Israel in Boston, Temple Hillel B’nai Torah in West Roxbury and Temple Beth Am in Framingham. Her experience includes all aspects of synagogue education including family education programming, adult education and Jewish culture and heritage programming. 

Orna's strength is in her commitment to the well-being of children and their parents, her dedication to designing meaningful yet fun experiences in the classroom, and encouraging social and emotional growth while nurturing the development of self and identity. 

She will be partnering with Rabbi Polisson to lead our Jewish Learning Lab and to enhance our youth programming. Watch the calendar for opportunities to meet and welcome Orna to our community!

Social Action

Family Promise

Or Atid joins next door neighbor Peace Lutheran Church to host homeless families for two consecutive weeks, twice a year. This Fall, families will be hosted at the Church from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Contact Cindy Fenichel or Barbara Boykin for more info.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 28:  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.: 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. 

The Supreme Court & Jewish Life in America:
Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Led by Yoni Kadden from Gann Academy. We'll explore 3 US Supreme Court cases critical to Jewish practice and American constitutional law.

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.

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer:
6-session course starting Nov. 8, 7:30-8:45pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, come and discover the meaning and power of Jewish prayer!
 

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