Since its inception in 1854, Temple Israel has been 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.
The Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston continues this tradition as a hub for intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal meaning-making for the Greater Boston Area with a diverse offering of classes, community events, and trips. Whether you are learning about Judaism for the first time, embarking on a new stage in your Jewish life, or a life-long learner looking to connect with local scholars, there is something for you.
Everyone is welcome here. Join us, spread the word, and invite your friends. We never want cost to be prohibitive to your participation in our programs. To inquire about scholarships, or to learn more about the Center, please contact Brigid Goggin, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2020 Classes
Classes are categorized by four entry points: The Open Door, for those exploring or rediscovering Judaism; Core Classes, taught by Temple Israel clergy; Featured Classes, for those who want a deep dive into a specific topic; and Jewish Living Classes, to support the many aspects of a Jewish life.
Click on the photos below to learn more and register for a Spring 2020 class, or call Brigid Goggin at 617-566-3960.
Open Door Classes
A Taste of Judaism®
Introduction to Judaism
Core Classes with TI Clergy
Modern Midrash: Who Was King Solomon?
The TI Yeshiva: Learn to Read the Talmud
The Art of Connecting: A Guided Physical Practice
Introduction to Jewish Embodiment and Yoga
Talmud-a-thon: Winter Edition
What Makes a Work of Art Jewish?
Holocaust Representation in Film
Learn to Read Hebrew
Jewish Values & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Women Who Wrote
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy Workshop
Jewish Living Classes
Adult B'nei Mitzvah: New Cohort
Tough Questions Kids Ask! Online Class
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions
Bursting with Joy! Birthing Class
Prep for Passover: Poetry for Your Seder
Prep for Passover: Charoset Making
Spring 2020 Events
All events are free and held at Temple Israel of Boston, unless otherwise noted. For more information or questions, contact Brigid Goggin.
SHABBAT TZEDEK: SABBATH OF JUSTICE
Confront Implicit Bias and Build Toward Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion with expert Yavilah McCoy
Join us for Shabba Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with honored guest Yavilah McCoy, who will speak about shifting our mindset towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more and register at www.tisrael.org/tzedek2020.
PROTECTING THE PLANET: A SHABBAT WITH JOHN KERRY, 68TH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE
Friday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat
John Kerry, 68th Secretary of State, will join us for a special Shabbat of Environmental Justice in honor of Cantor Roy Einhorn. As America’s top diplomat, John Kerry guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change.
THE MASKS WE WEAR: A MENTAL HEALTH CONVENING TO REDUCE STIGMA AND SHAME
Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
In the days leading up to our Purim Masquerade, how can we take off our masks and show our truest selves? Join Joanne L. Harpel, President of Coping After Suicide, and Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman for an important afternoon of conversation with young adults, parents, and interested community members. Offered in partnership with the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project.
THE STATE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: HOW THINGS GOT THIS BAD--AND HOW WE CAN RECOVER
The Carl A. Steinbaum Lecture with Steven Levitsky
Friday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat
Steven Levitsky is the David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, political parties, and weak and informal institutions, mostly in Latin America. He is the co-author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018).
A Musical Evening with Elana Arian
The Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture
Congregational Sing-a-long Series
Do you love to sing? Are you intersted in learning what’s new in the world of Jewish music? Join Cantor Einhorn at any or all of our three congregational sing-a-longs featuring the music of Elana Arian as we prepare for her visit in May. No formal singing experience required. All are welcome. To RSVP, please email Sue Misselbeck.
Temple Israel’s committed learners are honored with the “Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart” certificate by completeing five courses over any length of time within our five categories of learning:
- Justice, Politics, and Contemporary Issues
- Bible, Rabbinics, and Philosophy
- Arts and Culture
Temple Israel has been a congregation of tremendous learning for many years. Our dedicated learners honor us, lift us up, and help to define our community. The “Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart” certificate allows us to honor our Learned Hearts as well as our Generous Hearts (Nadiv Lev), and to see that both are needed in the ongoing work of building this sacred community.
Sample some of our past programs:
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.
Peter Fox-Penner, 2017
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D.
Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture Series
This lectures series celebrates Rudolph Wyner’s love of Jewish art and folkways. The series was later renamed the Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture Series after his wife’s death.
Dr. Samuel Thomas and ASEFA, 2017
Rose Feinberg Memorial Lecture Series
Rose Feinberg was a religious school teacher at Temple Israel for more than two decades. The Israel-centered program, endowed in 1982 in her honor, serves as a living tribute to a woman with a great love of Israel and Jewish learning.
Joshua Sobol, 2017
Herbert M. Karol Musical Weekend
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.
Saul Kaye, 2015
Noah Aronson, 2016
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.
Barney Frank, 2015
Michelle Ephraim, 2016
Carl Steinbaum Lecture
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.