Adult Education

Passionate community of learners

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage of learning brings with it special blessings and insights. At Congregation Or Atid, we offer a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way.  Classes are taught by Rabbi Polisson and a number of scholars who share their wisdom with us. In addition, Or Atid is honored to have sponsored Hebrew College's Me'ah program, an intensive, two-year graduate level study program for adults.

Something for everyone

Whether you are a serious or casual learner, we have classes and programs that will stimulate and challenge your mind and spirit. For our scholars, we offer intensive Torah and Talmud study classes.  We also offer Hebrew for beginners. 

Just for fun......

Spend an afternoon with "Or Atid Reads" discussing politically current books like "Start Up Nation" or NY Times bestselling novels like "City of Thieves". Enjoy movie night featuring films like "The Dybbuk", one of the top 10 Jewish films of all time. We also explore contemporary themes from a biblical and psychological perspective like "Jewish Guilt 101" or "Family Struggles from the Book of Genesis".

To find out more

Contact Rabbi Polisson at 508-358-9623 or [email protected]

Current class offerings:

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible

New 10-session course offered by the Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group. We'll explore some of the lesser-known, more audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible. Contact Amy Silverstein by Sept. 28 to register.

Instructor: Dr. Rachael Adelman, Assistant Professor of Bible for Hebrew College
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2
Time: 10am to noon

The Supreme Court and Jewish Life in America

In this course we'll explore three fascinating cases in which the US Supreme Court was asked to decide on questions critical to both Jewish practice and American constitutional law. Contact Amy Silverstein by Sept. 28 to register. $50 for 3 course series.

Instructor: Yoni Kadden, Chairperson History Department, Gann Academy
Dates: Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29
Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer

Join Rabbi Polisson in discovering the meaning and power of Jewish prayer and how prayer might be meaningful for us in our all-too-modern world in 2018. We'll also consider various Jewish approaches to prayer, from Biblical and early Rabbinic sources to Kabbalistic and Hasidic texts to modern philosophical and theological perspectives (including at least one atheist perspective!). We'll also learn about the history, structure, and content of Jewish prayer, focusing on the Shabbat morning liturgy and in the final few sessions the class will take a deeper dive into the meaning of specific excerpts from the siddur, the prayerbook. 

This course will incorporate experiential elements and will cultivate spirituality which you'll be able to bring into your practice of prayer on Shabbat! No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course, though you just might learn a Hebrew word or two by joining us! Learners of all backgrounds, all levels of Jewish education (including none at all), and all levels of familiarity or comfort with traditional Jewish prayer services (including none) are welcome and invited.

Instructor: Rabbi Louis Polisson
Dates: Thursdays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 20 (Excluding Thanksgiving, Nov. 22)
Time: 7:30-8:45pm







Social Action

Family Promise

Or Atid joins next door neighbor Peace Lutheran Church to host homeless families for two consecutive weeks, twice a year. This Fall, families will be hosted at the Church from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Contact Cindy Fenichel or Barbara Boykin for more info.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Dec. 2 :  Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. 

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Dec. 2: Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. 

The Supreme Court & Jewish Life in America:
Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Led by Yoni Kadden from Gann Academy. We'll explore 3 US Supreme Court cases critical to Jewish practice and American constitutional law.

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible:
10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer:
6-session course starting Nov. 8, 7:30-8:45pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, come and discover the meaning and power of Jewish prayer!