As Rabbi Ronne Friedman once noted, the symbol of Jewish life should be a question mark, not a Magen David. We want our congregation to question the text, challenge it, and most importantly, take away insights that will truly enrich their lives.
Taught by Rabbi Elaine Zecher, this class meets once a month to study the liturgy and explore the sense of the spiritual found in Psalms. These songs of praise, despair, joy, and struggle call up us to search and to understand the depth of meaning they provide.
Men's Study Group
Led by Rabbi Ronne Friedman, this men’s study group meets regularly and covers a variety of topics.
Intro to Judaism
This is a 16 week course taught by Temple Israel clergy twice a year for anyone interested in learning more about Judaism or considering conversion. Partners in an interfaith relationship are encouraged to enroll together.
Torah study at Temple Israel seeks to provide our students (of all ages) with the tools necessary to engage in meaningful and rich Jewish study. Join us on Saturday mornings: service begins at 9:00 a.m. and Torah Study follows.
Endowed Lecture Series
Burstein Scholar-in-Residence Program
In 1979, Maxwell and Bobbie Burstein endowed an annual Scholar-in-Residence program to broaden the temple’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program
In 1994, Jeanie Ungerleider endowed an annual lecture series in memory of her mother, Joy Ungerleider, a member of Temple Israel and founder of the Dorot Foundation, who had died earlier that year. The lecture series honors Jewish authors and publications as a part of the temple’s Jewish Book Month Program, under the supervision of the Library Committee.