Community Events

We update this page on a weekly basis with events from Boston area Jewish organizations.

We are not able to publish all events sent to us. If you are looking for more events in the Boston area, please check Jewish Boston, a community event website where a variety of organizations publish many events throughout the year.

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. 

Camp Grossman Upcoming Events:

Info Session

– 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.

Hartman Israel Education Workshop at Gann Academy Feb. 27

Gann Academy and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America are excited to offer a workshop on the Hartman Institute’s approach to Israel education. The workshop will be led by Hartman’s Director of Leadership Education, Dr. Elana Stein Hain and will be held at Gann Academy. It will explore Hartman’s conceptual methodology through engagement with two lessons from the iEngage curriculum:

  1. Jerusalem of God, Prayer and Peoplehood (from the Milestones curriculum)
  2. The Arab-Palestinian Israeli Tribe (from the Tribes curriculum).

This workshop will be oriented toward Israel education for adult and high school-age learners (ie, not younger children). It will include time for thinking through how this approach and these materials might be used in the different educational settings in which participants are teaching.

Date and Time: 2:00 – 4:45 pm, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Location: Gann Academy.

Please RSVP by February 22nd to Jenna Wilson at

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?

JCC Maccabi Games for kids 13+ (Basketball & Soccer Try-Outs)

– Saturday, March 4: 7-8 pm and Sunday, March 11: 7-8 pm
– Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton St. in Newton)
– For more information on the try-outs and on the other sign-up sports, as well as the summer Orange County California competition: or 781-249-9567.

Boston’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation will send teams to participate in boys baseball, girls softball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys ice hockey, boys lacrosse, girls volleyball, and co-ed flag football. Individual sports are dance, table tennis, swimming, tennis, track and field, and star reporter.

Tryouts are for boys and girls basketball and boys and girls soccer. The remaining sports are sign-ups.

Participants must be age 13 by 7/31/18 and must not have reached age 17 by 7/31/18. $150 deposit due at time of try-out, 100% refundable until 3/15/18.

To register or for more information, contact or 781-249-9567

The Essentials of Health Care Planning: Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and MOLST

– Monday, March 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
– Coleman House (677 Winchester St. in Newton)
– Details: 617-614-5323 or

In Massachusetts we are fortunate to have access to amazing health care. Often there are treatment decisions to be made that, with careful explanations by our health care providers, are easy. But what happens when you are not capable of understanding those explanations? Who should make the decisions and how will they know what you would want if you could understand the options?

Presented by: Caren Silverlieb, MMHS. Part one of this seminar will cover the essential documents available to memorialize your health care choices in case you are not able to communicate effectively with your health care provider.

[Short wine and cheese break.]

Presented by: Stephen F. O’Neill, BCD, J.D. Part two of this seminar will prepare you to discuss your health care decisions with those that matter to you.


Caren Silverlieb MMHS received her Master’s Degree in the Management of Human Services with a concentration in Aging from the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. Caren currently serves as Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE). Caren is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and private companies on working with residents with mental illness or memory impairment. She is a certified health care planning facilitator and has published three guides and several articles.

Stephen F. O’Neill is the Social Work Manager for Psychiatry, Primary Care, Pain Management and Infectious Disease as well as the Associate Director of the Ethics Support Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Steve is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Social Medicine and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Simmons College School of Social Work and a Social Work Consultant at the Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society in Waltham.

Beyond the Huppah – Mayyim Hayyim

Creating the Jewish Marriage You Want Join us for Mayyim Hayyim’s five-session seminar for engaged and recently married couples that will provide tools to solidify a strong partnership and explore different ways of creating a Jewish home.

  • Tuesdays
  • 6:45pm – 8:45pm
  • Mayyim Hayyim
    1838 Washington Street
    Newton, MA
  • $325.00 per couple

Visit Mayyim Hayyim for more information.

Knowledge is Empowering: Understanding the Jewish – Cancer Connection

Wed, May 23, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Temple Beth Elohim

10 Bethel Road

Wellesley, MA 02481

Temple Beth Elohim will host this Oneinforty symposium to educate the community about Ashkenazi Jews’ one-in-forty risk of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation. People who have a BRCA mutation are at high risk for developing ovarian, prostate and male and female breast cancer that, in many cases, can be prevented or detected early.

Come learn about genetic counseling, screening for BRCA mutations, misconceptions about hereditary cancer, how BRCA-positive individuals can manage their risk of developing cancer, emotional support resources available for you and your family and the new BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study being conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Jewish cancer survivors who have a BRCA gene mutation will also share their stories. Following presentations by each of the panelists listed below, there will be a Q&A session.

KI’s Own: Amy H. Comander, MD
Medical Director, Auerbach Breast Center
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Lauren Corduck
Founder & Executive Director
BRCA+ ovarian cancer patient

Kimberly DeLeonardis, MS, CGC
Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Camila Gabriel, MS
Senior Research Project Manager, BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study
Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Whitfield B. Growdon, MD
Center for Gynecologic Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Debbi Shamon, LICSW
In private practice in Boston, MA

This symposium is free-of-charge and open to the general public. Kosher refreshments will be served.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Corduck at 617-823-3630 or

Presented by Oneinforty, a nonprofit organization that stops BRCA breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer in it tracks in families where a BRCA gene mutation is present by providing awareness, education and emotional support.

Jewish Heritage Night at Fenway Park

– Tuesday, June 5 at 7:10 pm

Join us for our annual Jewish Heritage Night at Fenway Park! This year fans who purchase a ticket through this special offer for the June 5, 2018 Red Sox vs Tigers game will receive a limited-edition Mensch On A Bench Red Sox bobblehead! Be sure to arrive early to see The Mensch on Yawkey Way and to hear a Jewish choir sing the National Anthem.

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