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Me'ah Select 

Led by outstanding faculty from Me'ah Classic and sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Me'ah Select is a one semeter, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality, or slice of Jewish history, taught at the college level, but without papers and assignments.

You do not need to have taken Me'ah Classic to participate.

Classes in Lexington take place at Temple Isaiah (Monday evenings) and Temple Emunah (Thursday mornings) and are open to the community.  Additional Me'ah Select classes are offered around the Boston area.

 A full list of courses and more information about Me'ah Select is available on the Hebrew College website.

For information about financial aid, email

Winter/Spring 2020

"Standing On One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas"

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Schedule: First class is Monday, March 16, 2020 from 7pm-9:30pm, at Temple Isaiah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative) (additional classes on 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18)

Cost: for 9 sessions: $315, financial aid is available

Class Description: What does it mean to be Jewish?  Jewish life hopscotches across four different types of relationships: between the individual and God ; between ourselves and others; between us and our world; and between each of us and ourselves. We will look at each of these domains-ultimacy, interpersonal ethics, peoplehood and stewardship, and personal responsibility- through the lens of core Jewish values. The course is designed for people, from beginners to advanced learners, who would like to embark on a sophisticated study of foundational Jewish values and core ideas with an eye towards how they shape the lives we want to live.  Your Jewish perspective will be reframed and refreshed.   

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Registration: To register for this class, please contact Linna Ettinger.


"From the Secular to the Religious: How Leading Jewish Thinkers Shaped Judaism and Modernism"

Rabbi Leanord Gordon, DDiv

Meets Thursdays from 9:30am-12pm at Temple Emunah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative)

Class begins January 30, 2020 (continues 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/23)

Cost for 10 sessions: $350, financial aid is available

Beginning with Spinoza and concluding with contemporary Jewish feminists, this class will consider how secular and religious Jews shaped modern Judaism and modernism itself.  Often pairing contemporaneous religious and secular figures, we will look at the enlightenment, messianism, moral philosophy, Hassidism, life in Israel and the diaspora, the origins of the denominations and feminism.  Readings will include: Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Marx, Scholem, Ahad Haam, Freud, Buber, Rosenzweig, Roth, Bialik, Amichai, Plaskow, Piercy, Lefkovitz and others.  

Rabbi Leonard Gordon co-directs Interfaith Partners for Peace.  He is rabbi emeritus of the Germantown Jewish Centre and was the senior rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila (Chestnut Hill).  He was ordained by JTS, has a BA and M Phil from Columbia, a MA in Religious Studies from Brown and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School.  Rabbi Gordon has taught at Columbia, Kenyon, the Jewish Theological Seminary and other rabbinic schools and universities.  

Registration: To register for this class, please contact Linna Ettinger.

Fall 2019

The Five Megillot with Rabbi Neal Gold 

This class has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.


"The Creation of the Modern Jew: European Nationalism, Zionism, and American Jewish Life"     

Dr. Jacob Meskin   

Meets Thursdays from 9:30am - 12pm at Temple Emunah (Sponsored by the Lexington Collaborative)

Class begins October 24, 2019 (continues 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16)

Cost for 10 sessions: $350, financial aid is available

The advent of the Enlightenment in Europe led to legal Emancipation that freed Jews from their centuries-long separate existence. As nationalism led to the establishment of culturally distinct nation-states, Jews found themselves “officially” invited to become citizens. But this new legal status did not by itself alter the religious and cultural otherness of the Jews. The Jews’ new status was challenging and often entailed adverse and even tragic consequences. How did Jews -- and some non-Jews -- respond to this situation? In this course we will begin with the background of nineteenth and twentieth century nationalism, and will then focus on to the two most important responses to this challenging situation: Zionism and the creation of American Jewish life. Both endeavored to make it possible for Jews to fit into a society and to call it “home.” Modern Jewish life is a direct consequence of these two responses. 

Register for this class (Please note: when using this online link you will need to create a guest account.  When you login, you will need to go to "events sign-up" and look for "Me'ah Select).

Sun, May 31 2020 8 Sivan 5780