Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute
Temple Israel’s Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI) provides opportunities for Temple Israel members and others to engage in peer-led, intellectually stimulating study groups covering a broad range of topics, to enjoy cultural events together, and to develop social relationships and a community. For more information, email Tilli@tisrael.org.
"TILLI study group leaders are my peers. They are careful to qualify their topics by providing credible documentation and authentic research. Intelligent people of our generation grew up knowing that a legitimate fact is supported by unassailable proof and concrete evidence to be true."
Bob Martin,TILLI Study Group Leader
"What does it mean to have a voice in an institution? What does it mean to be engaged in intellectual life semester after semester. What does it man to feel that you are part of a community? This is TILLI. We have changed the stereotypical image of aging and have a renewed sense of who we are and what can be accomplished at any age in the context of life-long learning. TILLI provides a canvas to satisfy our thirst for knowledge, meaning making and connections. And that is what TILLI of Temple Israel has accomplished. Now that’s something to celebrate."
Rhoada Wald,TILLI Core Committee
Fall 2018 Lunch & Learn Schedule
Thursday Afternoons, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Plan to stay for lunch! Our speakers are distinguished members of the congregation and the community. Bring your lunch. We’ll provide beverages, snacks, and dessert.
- October 11: Hon. Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton
- October 18: New England Israeli Consul General
- October 25: Dr. Jen Childs-Roshak, President, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA
- November 1: Steven Rothstein, Executive Director, JFK Library Foundation
- November 8: David Rosenthal, M.D., past national president, American Cancer Society
- November 15: End of semester luncheon
Fall 2018 Study Groups
Morning Study Groups
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Power in Art with Helen Kolsky
- What’s So Funny? with Robert Martin
- Economics Challenged with Irwin Price
- The Jews of Spain with Susan Rutstein
- Mindfulness and Movement with Susan Sachs
Afternoon Study Groups
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Influence on the Jewish Labor Movement with James Cooper
- Thru the Eyes of Amos Oz with Natalie Schatz
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- The Universe, an Introduction with Ted Greenwood
- Critical Social and Political Issues in Israeli Film with Donald Putnoi
"TILLI doesn’t offer the same courses over and over, so a lot of instructors have spent a lot of time developing new courses. We do because the students teach us as much as we teach them. It’s life-long learning for everyone involved."
Mike Sandman,TILLI Study Group Leader
Fall 2018 Events
2019 Winter Session
TILLI Leadership Structure
Co-Chairs: Larry Koff, Judy Berkowitz
Curriculum Committee: Judy Herman
Events: Sylvia Green, Susan Fliegel
Winter Session: Paula Folkman
Lunch and Learn: Ruth Klepper, Marlene Yesley
Summer Session: Saralynn Busch, John Freeman
Budget and Data: Larry Koff, Ted Greenwood
Membership: Mark Kaplan
Archivist/Historian: Rhoada Wald
Clergy Liaison: Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
TILLI Coordinator: Susan Misselbeck
"After a career in an area in which I had no training or credentials, TILLI has given me a chance to realize what I alway thought would be my destiny: teaching the humanities."
Peggy Morrison,TILLI Study Group Leader
What's going on?
For six weeks in both the spring and the fall, TILLI offers study sessions on a variety of topics led by members of the community. During the winter, we have monthly films or presentations with discussion sessions. Throughout the year, we have regular lunch sessions to hear and question experts from a wide range of fields. We also go on guided trips throughout the year to different museums and well-known local institutions in the Boston area.
What's my role?
Because TILLI is a peer-led learning program, participation is key. We are always looking for new study topic ideas and help with planning the evolving future of our group. We invite you to extend your learning and involvement by planning and leading a study group.
Connect with Us
Executive Coordinator for Cantor Einhorn, Rabbi Jacobson, Rabbi Friedman, Rabbi Mehlman & TILLI
TILLI in the News
March 9, 2016
How We Engaged Older Adults and Transformed Temple Life
URJ Blog, by Rhoada Wald