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

Center for Adult Jewish Learning

In Pirkei Avot, the rabbis give this advice for our Torah study – "Turn it, and turn it, for everything is in it. Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it. Don't turn from it, for nothing is better than it.” Join us as we mine the richness of our tradition, turning it and exploring it as we discover new wisdom for our generation.

Welcome to the Center for Adult Jewish Learning

Since Temple Israel’s inception in 1854, we have been a center for Jewish living and learning in the greater Boston area. We are known as a place committed to deep Jewish scholarship, a community that is unafraid to ask the difficult questions and think about Judaism in new and exciting ways. Temple Israel is a synagogue where some of the greatest Jewish teachers, preachers, and learners have gathered to find deeper meaning, understand our shared history, and incubate ideas for a new generation.

Building upon the wonderful Torah study, clergy teaching, and learning opportunities that are already staples in our yearly calendar, in the 5777 year we are proud to introduce a new educational venue for the greater Boston Jewish community: The Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel.

The Center presents adult learning in four primary “locations”: The Open Door, introductory courses and content such as introduction to Judaism and basic Hebrew classes; The Town Hall, large events for the larger community, including our endowed lecture series; The Classroom, varied opportunities to explore Jewish content in small groups with TI clergy, and local rabbis and scholars; and The Beit Midrash, learning experiences cultivated and facilitated by TI members, particularly TILLI, our initiative for life-long learners. See what we’re offering this year in each of our four locations:

Upcoming Lectures

The 22nd Annual Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program

November 18, 2016

  • 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat 
    Hamlet’s Torah: How Shakespeare Teaches Us How To Take Things Personally, with Michelle Ephraim

Burstein Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Aaron Panken

Friday, December 9, 2016

  • 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat
    Embracing, Distancing, Adapting, and Refining: Reform Judaism’s Relationship with Jewish Tradition. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Torah Study
    True Lies – Truth, Gossip, and the American Jewish Way.
  • 4:00 p.m. Havdalah, Wine & Cheese

Karol Music Program with Noah Aronson

December 16 & 18, 2016

More information coming soon!

Sample some of our past lectures:

2016 Carl Steinbaum Lecture

with Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub

Carl Steinbaum Continuing Education Program. In 1999, Ellen Steinbaum endowed an annual lecture series in memory of her husband, Carl Steinbaum, who died in 1996, in appreciation of the warmth and intellectual inquisitiveness of the Temple Israel community. The lecture series celebrates Carl Steinbaum’s love of Judaism and history.

2015 Karol Music Program

with Saul Kaye

Herbert M. Karol Music Service. In 1990, the Karol family endowed Temple Israel’s longtime Annual Music Service in honor of their father, Herbert M. Karol, a trombone player and lover of music. The service is a liturgical celebration of Jewish music and composers.

2015 Burstein Scholar-in-Residence

with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Burstein Scholar-in-Residence Program. In 1979, Maxwell and Bobbie Burstein endowed an annual Scholar-in-Residence program to broaden Temple Israel’s educational program, recognizing the importance of knowledge to the continuity of the Jewish people. The lecture series brings outstanding Jewish scholarship to Temple Israel and the Greater Boston Jewish community.

Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program

The Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program is an endowed lecture series established in memory of author, curator, philanthropist, and visionary Joy Ungerleider by the Dorot Foundation, and is under the supervision of the Temple Israel Library Committee.

Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture Series

In 1985, Dr. Elizabeth Wyner Mark and Justin L. Wyner endowed a lecture series in honor of their father, Rudolph Wyner. The lectures series celebrates Wyner’s love of Jewish art and folkways. The series was later renamed the Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture Series after their mother’s death.

Rose Feinberg Memorial Lecture Series

Rose Feinberg was a religious school teacher at Temple Israel for more than two decades. In 1982, Feinberg’s family endowed an annual lecture series in her honor. The Israel-centered program serves as a living tribute to a woman with a great love of Israel and Jewish learning.