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

TI 50’s & 60’s

TI 50’s & 60’s offers intellectually stimulating and socially engaging activities for people who are likely to be at a similar stage in life and interested in exploring new ideas and fun places in and around Boston. You can attend as few or as many activities as you wish and you only pay the cost required by the activity — there are no additional membership fees!


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Meet Frank Friedman


Frank Friedman has been involved in TI 50’s & 60’s since its inception, and also serves on the Leadership Council. He is an emergency physician practicing at Tufts Medical Center. Frank lives in Brookline with his wife, Sarah Kianovsky. He can be seen riding his bike around town, playing poker, gardening, or shopping at the farmers’ market.

Meet Susan Ridker


Susan Ridker recently finished her last term on the Board of Trustees and is taking over the TI 50’s & 60’s co-chair position from her predecessor, Carol Targum. Susan teaches French at Wellesley Middle School, and serves on the Museum of Fine Arts’ Educator Advisory Board. She lives in Brookline with her husband, Paul Ridker, and enjoys reading books, watching movies, traveling to francophone countries, and avoiding exercise.

Meet Julie Unger


Julie Unger handles all of the administrative tasks for TI 50’s & 60’s. She has been at Temple Israel since 2011, when she coordinated the Families with Young Children initiative. Julie loves to create opportunities for people to connect, to spend time with family and friends (usually around food), and to play soccer.  She lives in Melrose with her husband, Matt Wallace, and her three adorable children, Solomon, Dalya, and (baby) Lennox. If you would like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter, please contact Julie Unger.

2016/2017 Programs

Winter Programs

November 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Shabbat Hike:  We will meet at Blue Hills Reservation to stretch our legs, enjoy nature, and study Torah. Free.  Unlimited attendance.

November 17 at 5:00 p.m.
“Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections”:  Lisa Fagin Davis, a medievalist and curator of the exhibit will give a lecture at Boston College’s McMullen museum on the beautifully illuminated Beauvais Missal, created in the 13th century and, sadly, dismembered in the 20th century. After her lecture, Lisa will give us a guided tour of the exhibit, which gives an overview of the book in medieval and Renaissance time, including its production and readership.  Free.  Limited to 20.

December 2 at 8:00 p.m after Qabbalat Shabbat services at TI
Dinner at La Morra.  We look forward to enjoying a three course northern Italian dinner at La Morra, the 2014 Best of Boston winner in the Italian restaurant category, and a recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence.  Of course, we think that the salvie fritte con achiughe (sage leaves fried in tempura batter with anchovies) and the pate di baccala (salt cod with garlic and lemon) speak for themselves.  Cost $55.00 per person, not including drinks.  Limited to 10.

December 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Film and Falafel: We will enjoy a falafel dinner and watch an Israeli film entitled “Apples from the Desert,” the story of an Orthodox Jewish woman who secretly exposes herself to the secular world.  A discussion will be led by Roberta (Robby) Steinberg, a professor at Mt. Ida College who teaches Israeli Culture through Literature, and Film and Composition and Literature.  Cost $10.00.  Unlimited.

January 6 – 8, 2017
Ski trip to the Berkshires: Susan and Mitch Halpert have generously offered their home for a ski weekend in the Berkshires at Jiminy Peak. Their home in Pittsfield is  20 minutes away from Jiminy Peak (the largest ski area in MA with a 6 person high speed lift). Limited spots available in the Halpert’s home. Please contact Julie if there is interest.

January 26 at 7:30 p.m. Join us at “REALLY,” a play produced by Company One.  Set in an actual loft filled with photographs, the play features two women who work to process the loss of a young man they both loved. Jackie Sibblies Drury, a Brooklyn-based playwright and instructor at the Yale Drama School, penned a moving meditation on grief, privilege, and artistry. A striking new play, REALLY questions “what we try to leave behind, what we actually leave behind, and how we deal with being left.” Cost approximately $40.00. Limited to 50.

February 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Cheese Tasting at TI: Sue Sturman, a board member of the American Cheese Society and the Anglophone Director of the Academie Opus Caseus, the cheese industry’s unique center for hands-on education, will guide us through a tasting of six different French cheeses. We will learn about cheese-making and sensory analysis from a true expert. Cost $36.00. Limited to 25.

Spring Programs

March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and a French Movie at TI.
French teacher Susan Ridker will continue her series on (subtitled) French films by presenting “The Class,” a 2008 Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and a 2008 Oscar nominee for best foreign film.  This semi-autobiographical movie shares the experiences of a white, upper middle-class literature teacher in a low-income, immigrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. The film explores many themes, including colonialism and assimilation v. cultural pluralism. Cost $10.00. Unlimited.

March 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Visit the Harvard Art Museums, where you can see the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums under one roof. Curator of the Collection for Modern and Contemporary Art Sarah Kianovsky will welcome us and introduce the museum and the current exhibitions, and then you will be free to visit the galleries on your own. Our visit will be during the last week of the special exhibition “Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning.” Cost TBD. Unlimited.

May 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Walking Tour of Forest Hills Cemetery. Experience one of Boston’s “most beautiful and historically rich cemetery gardens.” Founded in 1848, Forest Hills Cemetery is a beautiful setting for art, memorials, sculpture and architecture. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and named one of the 1,000 greatest places in Massachusetts. Cost TBD. Unlimited.

May 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty: Champagne and sweet treats followed by Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed after Marius Petipa and Frederick Ashton. To top off the evening, TI member Marie Schwartz has graciously invited us to visit the dancers backstage. Cost $75.00. Limited to 40.

June 11 at 10:00 a.m. We will link up with TI Cares for a Cook-a-Thon to benefit TI members who have recently experience an major life event such as a birth, a death, or a hospitalization. Bring your hearts and your hands to make delicious soup for congregants in need. Free. Unlimited.

June (exact date TBD) at 7:00 p.m.
Potluck Gathering at the Keller/Kalish Household to celebrate the beginning of summer. Bring a dish to share as we reflect on the year and look forward to some leisure time. Share your summer plans in a convivial setting.  Free. Limited to 40.

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Julie Unger

TI 50’s & 60’s Coordinator