Community Events

Camp Yavneh Information Sessions

Virtual: Wednesday, December 20 at 7 PM
Thinking about summer? It is closer than you think and registration for kayitz ‘18 has already begun! Are you looking for a premiere Jewish overnight camping experience with campers from throughout North America? Please join us at an upcoming information session from the comfort of your own home to hear why so many kids (and their parents) love Yavneh so much.

Yavneh is a top notch summer camp where multiple generations create lifelong friendships, engage in top-notch activities and deepen their Jewish engagement. Our Klal Yisrael (pluralistic) approach encourages children to respect all Jews in a fun, co-ed, overnight. Campers ages 8-16 engage in terrific camp activities including sports, art, swimming, drama and dance in a spirited environment. For campers in grades 2-5, Yavneh offers a Kaytana program – a 2 week experience where the campers are fully integrated into camp. Camp Yavneh is Kosher and Shabbat observant.

Please RSVP on our website if you would like to attend (and bring your camp age children) one of these sessions. We will send exact log-on information and/or address to info session as the date gets closer. RSVP online.

Interested in learning more about Yavneh but can’t make an information session, send an email to or call 603.942.5593.


Eser Young Adult Learning:

Mindfulness, Meditation and Personal Growth Series: Abraham Joshua Heschel

– Mondays at a member’s home in Brookline
– January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13

Using the writings of 20th century theologian, poet and activist R. Abraham Joshua Heschel as our guide, along with the Hasidic teachings that inspired him, we will focus on developing mindfulness practices based on our own individual experience and goals, while learning together in a focused, supportive community. We’ll meet for 6 Mondays, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6and 2/13 in a member’s home in Brookline accessible by T. Sign up at


Camp Grossman Info Session

– Sunday, January 21
– Sunday, February 25
– 2:00 – 4:00 pm
– Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton
– Meet the camp director and staff and learn how Camp Grossman is a place to be active, a place to make friends and a place for building skills and community. Varied activities give campers ages 4.5 to 15 years old a sense of the world around them—and supportive, experienced staff encourage exploration and growth in this vibrant Jewish camping environment. Located on 75 acres of the Hale Reservation in Dover. Bus transportation available from more than 40 communities throughout Greater Boston. Extended day available in Newton (at the Leventhal-Sidman Center). Financial assistance available. No charge for open house. Everyone welcome. A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For more information, visit or contact or 617-244-5124.


27th Annual Essay Contest for Grades 7 – 12

– By the Morris J. & Betty Kaplun Foundation
– Two levels: 7-9 grades and 10-12 grades, each with a first prize of $1,800 and $750 for each of the 5 finalists
– Entries must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018
– For full details, including prompts and submission guidelines, please see the foundation website

The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. This year’s essay prompts are:

  • Level 1 – Grades 7, 8 and 9: Of All the Good Deeds You Hope to Perform in the Future, Which One Will You Be Most Proud Of, Why, and How Will It Inspire You?
  • Level 2 – Grades 10, 11 and 12: Remembering the Holocaust: What Can You Do So We Never Forget and What Steps Can We Take So It Never Happens Again?


Winter/Spring 2018 Me’ah Select Classes

– Me’ah Select is presented by Hebrew College
– Classes Beginning January & February (Various Times & Locations)
– Topics range from “Jewish Gastronomy in America” to “The Passover Seder” and more
– For details on each class & to register visit the Hebrew College website

Me’ah Select: Literacy, Learning, Legacy: One topic, many perspectives

Jump into a particular theme, era, philosopher or text with a Me’ah Select class!  Targeted to adult learners of all backgrounds-whether you are seeking to take a first step or the next step in your Jewish journey.  Our talented faculty, known for their scholarship and dynamic approach to adult learning, bring their classes to life through the study of literature, history, art, and original texts and source material.

Me’ah Select classes meet for 10 or 12 sessions, depending on the length of the class, over the course of one semester.

We require a minimum of 15 students for any Me’ah Select class.  Tuition costs vary by class and site-please see the class registration forms for more details on costs. Please contact our office to have a confidential conversation about financial aid, we are delighted to offer aid for all of our classes. 


Mission to Vilnius, Kaunas, Warsaw, and Krakow

– With the Vilna Shul
– June 17-26, 2018
Visit their website for details

Join the Vilna for an uplifting community and culture mission to Eastern Europe!

Highlights include:

  • Intimate group size
  • Access to scholar-in-residence throughout the mission, Jacek Nowakowski, Senior Curator, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
  • Explore the historic “Jerusalem of Lithuania” – Vilnius – with a side visit to the Old City of Kaunas
  • A visit to Warsaw’s new POLIN Jewish museum
  • Krakow’s annual Jewish Culture Festival
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