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

PsalmSeason: Calling Out from the Depths

Taught by Rabbi Or Rose

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
7 Sessions, October 7 – November 18
Online class via Zoom. Registration Required.

“Listen to my words, YHWH, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help…” (Psalm 5:1-2)

We are living in unprecedented times. Not only are we still reeling from the global COVID-19 pandemic, but nationally we are witnessing a social uprising in response to police brutality and systemic racism. People throughout the world are crying out, raising their voices in protest and lament, seeking hope and solace. In so doing, we join the voices of generations past, who sought authentic and creative ways to express their deepest yearnings, turning to their spiritual and cultural traditions for guidance and inspiration.

Join us as we explore the ancient Book Psalms—a collection of inspiring, gritty, hopeful, and bitter prayer-poems—and a variety of interpretations—music, visual art, poetry, and spiritual and political reflections—on these canonical texts. Each week we will focus our attention on one or two psalms, asking how these time-worn texts and their commentators might help us navigate through this challenging moment in US and world history.

This class qualifies for the “Bible, Rabbinics, and Philosophy” or “Justice, Politics, and Contemporary Issues” categories of the Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart Certificate.

To join us, please register with the form below, and the Zoom link will be shared in your confirmation email. Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions at

Meet the Instructor: Rabbi Or Rose

Rabbi Or Rose is the founding Director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College. Before assuming this position in 2016, he worked in various administrative and teaching capacities at Hebrew College for over a decade, including serving as a founding faculty member and Associate Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi Rose was also one of the creators of CIRCLE, The Center for Interreligious & Community Leadership Education.

A prolific author and editor, his recent publications include: Words To Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement (co-editor, Orbis) and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Essential Teachings (co-editor, Orbis). Rabbi Rose is also the creator of the weekly scriptural commentary series 70 Faces of Torah, curator of the web-based project PsalmSeason, and co-publisher of the Journal of Interreligious Studies.

Class Registration

The Center for Adult Jewish Learning follows a “Pay What You Can” model for registration. To register for this class, please select “Add” for each attendee you wish to register at the pricing level of your choice, then click “Proceed to Payment” to complete registration.

“Pay What You Can” Registration Details:
-Standard Registration is set at $25 per class session.
-Supporter Registration is set at $35 per class session. This level is for those who are able to contribute more to help keep our programs accessible for all.
-Reduced Registration is set at $10 per session. This level is for those who wish to participate but may find the Standard Registration fee prohibitive.

We also offer scholarships. To learn more about scholarships, or to register for this class by phone and/or pay by check, please contact Brigid Goggin at