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The Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston is a hub for intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal revelation for the Greater Boston Jewish community. 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. Join through a wide variety of classes, community events, and travel. Everyone is welcome here.

Classes

Learn and connect in small, multi-session classes facilitated by experienced educators and field experts. Open to all, our classes are designed to be accessible at any stage of your Jewish learning. We offer both short-term and ongoing classes, with weekday, evening, and weekend options available.


Classes cover a broad range of topics, based on 6 categories of learning:

  • History
  • Justice, Politics, and Contemporary Issues
  • Bible, Rabbinics, and Philosophy
  • Arts and Culture
  • Spirituality
  • Jewish Living

2021 Fall Semester Classes


It Takes a Village: A Dramatic Deep Dive into Nazi-Occupied France

Date

October 05, 2021

Time

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Join facilitator Susan Ridker to explore life under the Nazi occupation via Season 1 of the highly-acclaimed French…

From Sepharad to Savannah and Beyond: Southern Jewish Cooking and Culture

Date

October 10, 2021

Time

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us on Sunday afternoons for this 3-part online class, led by culinary historian Sara Gardner. Together, we…

The TI Yeshiva: Learn to Read the Talmud with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Date

October 12, 2021

Time

8:00am - 9:00am

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in…

The God(s) of Judaism, with Rabbi Or Rose

Date

October 13, 2021

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Judaism is widely regarded as the world’s first great monotheistic tradition. What is not widely known is that…

Introduction to Judaism

Date

October 21, 2021

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session online course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a…

God? Self? Other? A Jewish Exploration through the Philosophical Lens with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Date

October 25, 2021

Time

10:00am - 11:00am

Join us online every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time as we ask the biggest questions about life…

Bereshit B’Ivrit, Reading the Book of Genesis in Hebrew

Date

October 26, 2021

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Want to deepen your Torah learning? Join educator Lara Haft as we study the Book of Genesis in…

The Book of Proverbs: The Midrash of Life, with Rabbi Elaine Zecher

Date

November 04, 2021

Time

9:00am - 10:00am

Those in search of wisdom and meaning will discover more than inspiration with the Book of Proverbs.  Join…

Palestinian Perspectives, with Helen Kolsky and Ted Greenwood

Date

November 08, 2021

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

As American Jews, we all have some familiarity with the everyday life and experience of Israelis. But, in…

Market Mussar: Rabbinic Perspectives on Finance

Date

November 08, 2021

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Financial markets have come to influence virtually every activity of our daily lives, whether we’re financial professionals pondering…

Community Events

Gather together to hear from renowned authors, activists, artists, clergy, and more as they share their stories, ask big questions, and guide us to find deeper meaning, understand our shared history, and incubate ideas for a new generation. All community events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Events


Virtual Tour of the Jewish Museum in NYC

Date

September 30, 2021

Time

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for an online visit to the Jewish Museum in NYC of the exhibit Afterlives: Recovering the Lost…

The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic: The Tale of Yalta the Shrew wi Guest Scholar Gila Fine

Date

October 31, 2021

Time

11:30am - 12:30pm

Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed…

Travel

Explore new places and build relationships through meaningful travel experiences, both near and far. Our education-focused trips are led by Temple Israel clergy and local experts, providing historical and cultural context as we connect with the broader Jewish world.

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Is your organization interested in partnering on an event?  Do you have an idea for a new class? Are you a new learner, unsure where to start? Email Brigid Goggin at bgoggin@tisrael.org to learn more.