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

The Feminine Scrolls and Social Transformation—From Biblical Times to Today

with Rabbi Natan Margalit

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
6 sessions, November 10 – December 15
Online Class offered in partnership with Hebrew College’s Open Circle
Cost: $162

In this class we’ll explore the books of Ruth, Esther and Song of Songs – all biblical books where the women featured—either as leading character, or as one of the leading pair—and where women’s perspectives, roles and capacities are central to our understanding. These are also books which deeply explore how societies can transform and grow—often with women as the catalysts for change. No matter what gender we identify as, all of us can learn from these books about how to bring about personal, spiritual and social transformation. Using a variety of commentaries and approaches, we’ll delve into these literary and spiritual gems of biblical writing and see how they relate to our lives and experiences today.

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: Rabbi Natan Margalit

Natan Margalit was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a young adult he lived for twelve years in Israel and received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from UC Berkeley in 2001. Natan has taught at Bard College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Natan is Founder of Organic Torah, fostering holistic thinking about Judaism, environment and society, which is a program of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He lives with his wife, two sons and their dog, Pele (named for the Hebrew word for wonder, and also the Hawaiian goddess, not the soccer player) in Newton, Mass..

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