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Lifelong Learning


Hevreh is a destination for Jewish learning. We offer courses and programs throughout the year for adult and intergenerational groups, both within Hevreh and for the broader Jewish community. In our learning we strive to educate, inform, challenge, and entertain, all the while keeping Torah at the center.


Our rabbis regularly offer courses on matters of Jewish interest, and there’s usually a book discussion group going on. And, each Shabbat, we hold an early morning study group as well as Torah study as part of our Shabbat morning services.


Learn How to Chant Torah with Rabbi Gordon

A six week course
Beginning Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 am

This weekly class will introduce you to Trope, the melodic punctuation system that teaches us how to chant sacred text from Torah aloud. We’ll focus on achieving proficiency in the names and melodies of the t’amim (trope signs) with the goal of being able to chant Torah on Shabbat! Basic Hebrew reading proficiency is recommended. If you are interested in participating in this weekly class, please be in touch with Rabbi Gordon for more information!


More dates: January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 & 13 

Weekly Lunch N Learn with Rabbi Hirsch

Beginning Wednesday, Feburary 6 at 11:45 am

Our tradition teaches that when two (or more) sit together, and discuss words of Torah, God dwells with them. Study is one of the many ways we as a Jewish community experience the sacred and the spiritual. And so, we’re introducing regular, weekly study (outside of Shabbat) again at Hevreh. To begin, we will study the early books of the Prophets.


Rabbi Hirsch will lead the conversation. In our first sessions we’ll also discuss the best modalities for learning for this group.


If you’re not in the Berkshires and would like to take part, technology can help with that. We have the capability to make these classes available via video conference or conference call. Just reach out to Rabbi Hirsch to find out how to join remotely.


For any more information, email Rabbi Hirsch.


More dates: February 13, 20 & 27

Summer at Hevreh

Each year–especially in the summer–we design courses and discussion groups designed to speak to the lives of members of our community. These events are engaging, and a wonderful way to meet others.


Our summer schedule includes:


– The annual Jewish Festival of Books — with speakers including cookbook author Joan Nathan and novelist Elizabeth Poliner.


– The Great Ideas Talk — past presenters included Dr. Len Saxe, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rabbi Aaron Panken z”l, Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, and Rabbi Joy Levitt.


– Discussion Communities — each summer, members of our own community offer learning sessions on a variety of topics that they, themselves are experts in. Past topics have included a finance discussion group, a Talmud discussion group, even conversations on senior sexual health.


– Fred Lafer Memorial Lecture — past lecturers have included former Ambassador Dennis Ross, Israeli TV Journalist and Middle East Expert Ehud Yaari, and Jerusalem City Counselor Laura Wharton.