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 email@example.com.
We look forward to learning with you
All classes and events for the Fall 2020 Session will meet virtually on Zoom and are open to everyone. Explore below and register today.
If you have any questions, please contact Brigid Goggin, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing Classes: Join Anytime
The TI Yeshiva: Learn to Read the Talmud
God? Self? Other? A Jewish Philosophical Exploration
Making Prayer Meaningful
Torah/Yoga with the Moon
Multi-week Series Classes
PsalmSeason: Calling Out from the Depths
Creative Spiritual Practice: Art Making Studio
The Secret Jews of Majorca Island: A Virtual Tour Experience
Our Liberation is Bound Together: An Antiracism Workshop
The Feminine Scrolls and Social Transformation
No Business Like Show Business: A Jewish History of Broadway
The Open Door and Jewish Living
Introduction to Judaism
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions
Bursting with Joy! Birthing Class
Installation of Cantor Alicia Stillman
6th Annual Arts Matter Shabbat
Join us for a special virtual Shabbat of music and celebration for the installation of Cantor Alicia Stillman at Temple Israel of Boston. Each year, Arts Matter Shabbat, in collaboration with JArts and MASSCreative, honors and supports how vital the arts are to Jewish cultural and identity. We can think of no better way to celebrate this year than to welcome and lift up our amazing new Cantor!
The State of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections
with Professor Steven Levitsky
Join us for a special Qabbalat Shabbat, featuring guest lecturer Steven Levitsky, 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 co-author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018).
Ready to Turn the World Upside Down: Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity
Steinbaum Lecture with Professor Joyce Antler
Join us for the 5781 Steinbaum Lecture, featuring Professor Joyce Antler, the Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor Emerita of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.
Although Jewish women were instrumental in shaping women’s liberation–the most important social movement of our era– historians and participants themselves have neglected their contributions as Jews. In placing these pioneer feminists at the center of this movement, Joyce Antler reshapes our understanding of Jewish and women’s history and shows how these activists created a powerful legacy for Jews today.
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.