A Message from Jill Silverstein

Many of you know that CRT and the Boston Synagogue have been co-sponsoring the 2-year Me’Ah program run by Hebrew College (in which Saralynn Busch and I have been participating since last year – we will graduate in June). It has been a wonderful learning experience – a spectrum of ages and spiritual practice and great faculty!

In an effort to offer opportunities for continuing Jewish learning without having to sign up for a “2-year hitch”, Hebrew College is piloting what is being called “Me’Ah Select”. These are one-semester topical offerings. Boston Synagogue is a pilot site. Read June’s Kol Nefesh to see the flyer for the program. Feel free to contact me ( or the Program adviser) if you have questions.

Me’ah: A Two-year Learning Program for Adults

We are proud to announce that Central Reform Temple has been selected as a sponsoring congregation for the Me’ah Program of Hebrew College and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. This nationally acclaimed Adult Learning program, an intensive two-year course in Jewish history, philosophy, and Biblical study, will be taught by leading scholars from area universities and colleges. Our Temple will be collaborating with The Boston Synagogue, located in Charles River Park, in co-sponsoring this class. This will be the first joint venture of the City’s two centrally located congregations. The Me’ah class will be open to members of both congregations, and to others who live or work in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, and Downtown.

This is an important opportunity for those who want to go to the next level of Jewish study, building on our Temple’s various spiritual, educational, and cultural resources. Classes, taught by Dr. Marc Brettler, Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis, will begin in September and continue through the fall on Thursday evenings (7:00 – 9:45pm) at the Boston Synagogue.

Additional information and a registration form are contained in the attached PDF: Meah_Program_of_Hebrew_College

Registration is limited to 25 participants, with a discounted tuition rate for Temple members.

Please contact Rabbi Howard Berman or Bernice Lerner at the Me’ah Office if you have any questions.