Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Biblical Gems: The Stories Behind the Famous Verses

with Rabbinic Student Jamie Stolper

Mondays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
6 session, November 9 – December 14
Online Class offered in partnership with Hebrew College’s Open Circle
Cost: $162

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Proclaim liberty throughout the land.” The Priestly Blessing. In this class, we will look at several well-known and beloved biblical passages that illustrate important values of Judaism and are also used in many non-Jewish settings, religious and secular. We will study their original context in the Hebrew Bible, read rabbinical and other interpretations through the centuries, and discuss how these passages have come to be used by others in today’s world. Special attention will be given to the social justice and racial justice imperatives that they require of us. Discussion time included.

This class qualifies for the “Bible, Rabbinics, and Philosophy” category of the Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart Certificate.

Please contact Brigid Goggin with any questions at

Meet the Instructor: Jamie Stolper

Jamie is a 5th-year student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, with expected ordination in June 2021. Jamie is a 2nd generation member of Temple Israel and was confirmed and married here.  Her first job was in the Temple Israel Religious School and she has enjoyed attending Torah study over the years. She loves teaching, and learning with, people of all ages. She taught in Prozdor, worked with a group of Jewish adults with diverse needs, and has led religious services, delivered sermons, and facilitated Torah study locally. Her first career was in economic consulting. She is a graduate of MIT and its Sloan School of Management, and also has a degree in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew College. Jamie lives in Newton with her husband, has 3 grown sons and a daughter-in-law, and loves everything Hawaii, ancient and modern.

Class Registration

This class is offered in partnership with Hebrew College’s Open Circle Jewish Learning program. Registration is handled directly by Open Circle, with a registration fee of $162. Please click below to register. If you have any questions about registering, please contact Linna Ettinger at