The Boston Synagogue is proud to offer classes, educational events, and programs for adults that empower intellectual and personal connections to great ideas and the beauty of Jewish life. You are welcome to participate in any course or event regardless of your prior Jewish educational background.

Join us for select Holiday Celebrations with a learning component. The Rabbi or Rabbinic Intern periodically lead other types of mini-courses and sessions.

Select cultural events, such as Movie Nights, include a curated learning experience and vibrant discussion is encouraged.

Learn to read Hebrew with courses at the Shul in the Fall. The crash course curriculum is led by our Rabbinic Intern, and is based on materials provided by Read Hebrew America’s countrywide program.

Engage in Me’ah Select, a dynamic new opportunity for adults of all ages and backgrounds to explore interesting and provocative themes, texts and personalities that have shaped today’s times. Click here to sign up for the 2015-2016 academic year.

We also have other types of lively and stimulating programs in the works!

Visit our Upcoming Events page to browse other current adult education programs and opportunities. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email the office at We always welcome suggestions and new ideas for adult education opportunities.

Me’ah Select is a dynamic new opportunity for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Our two course offerings for Fall and Spring semesters explore fascinating themes, texts and personalities.

These courses consist of 10 sessions per semester, and will be facilitated by two exceptional teachers from the Greater Boston Academic Community.

Please note: Me’ah Classic is not a prerequisite. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. All are welcome.

Fall Course: The Ten Commandments

Instructor: David Bernat, Ph.D
Course Description:

The Ten commandments, or “DecaLogue,” has long been regarded as the ethical bedrock for Jews, Christians, and Western society generally. The course will entail a close study of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-14; Deuteronomy 5:6-18) against the background of Ancient Near Eastern law collections, in their Biblical literary and historical contexts, and in light of Jewish traditions. You will also engage the question of how these short passages attainded such great significance.

Instructor Bio:

David Bernat, Ph.D.

david bernatDavid Bernat is executive director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a lecturer in Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in biblical Interpretation from Brandeis University. Bernat is the author of “Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Traditions,” and coeditor of “Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage.” He has been with the Me’ah program  since 1997, and planned and led Me’ah’s summer Israel Study tour.


Time: Thursdays. 7-9:30 P.M.

Begins October 27th
Winter/Spring Course: The Stories of the Talmud-Akiva and his Students

Instructor: Rabbi Reuven Cohn
Course Discription

The Talmud does not use the discipline of philosophy to express ideas, instead deep ideas and concepts are expressed through the medium of story-telling. In analyzing the Talmudic stories, we will have occasion to include some Bible study and of course something about what mattered to the creators of the Talmud. We will focus on stories that include Rabbi Akiva and then move on to stories that focus on his students.

Rabbi Reuven Cohn, J.D.

Reuven CohnReuven Cohn is an adult Jewish educator and an attorney. He is a veteran teacher in the Me’ah program and also teaches at Hebrew College and Maimonides School. He holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a law degree from Yale, and has done advanced graduate work in Jewish studies at Harvard University. Among his areas of interest are Jewish interpretations of the Bible, the literary development of the Mishnah and Talmud, and history of the prayer book.

Time: Thursdays. 7-9:30 P.M.

Begins January 26th



$375 per semester; $675 discount for both semesters.

Location: The Boston Synagogue, 55 Martha Road, in Charles River Park and near downtown Boston.

To register for this course, please complete the registration form below and submit payment via PayPal or check made payable to The Boston Synagoge (with Me’ah Select Memo) and send to The Boston Syngagogue at 55 Martha Road, Boston, MA 02214.

Free Hebrew Classes

Beginning October 26, 2015
We are excited to be a Read Hebrew America site through the National Jewish Outreach Program! This is a FREE workshop open to anyone who would like to learn to read Hebrew, or wants a refresher.
Classes will be led by our fantastic Rabbinic Intern from Hebrew College, Allison Poirier.
The class will meet for five sessions, Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m. starting October 26th and ending November 23rd. Refreshments provided!
For more information and to register, email us at

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