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.

Endowed 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

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.

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.

Adult Classes:


Modern Midrash

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.

Torah Study

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.

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.

Men's Study Group

Led by Rabbi Ronne Friedman, this men’s study group meets regularly and covers a variety of topics.