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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

Classes Starting Soon


Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2022

Date

May 31, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

Exploring Jewish Philosophy: Emmanuel Levinas

Date

June 08, 2022

Time

10:00am - 11:00am

Join us as we ask the biggest questions about life and Judaism through the lens of Jewish Philosophy….

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How to Chant Torah with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Date

May 27, 2022

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Torah is one of the greatest musicals ever written – if you’ve wondered if it were possible…

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

Date

May 31, 2022

Time

8:00am - 9:00am

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

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2022

Date

May 31, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

Affordable Housing in Brookline and Beyond: GBIO Training Series

Date

May 31, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

The GBIO Brookline Housing Affordability Team is offering a series of six training sessions focusing on affordable housing….

The Modern State of Israel: A Historical Perspective

Date

May 31, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

In this 7-part class, we will explore the history of Zionism and the State of Israel from 1948…

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

Date

June 02, 2022

Time

9:00am - 10:00am

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

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2022

Date

June 02, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

How to Chant Torah with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Date

June 03, 2022

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Torah is one of the greatest musicals ever written – if you’ve wondered if it were possible…

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

Date

June 07, 2022

Time

8:00am - 9:00am

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

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2022

Date

June 07, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

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 Community Events


Tikkun Zoom Shavuot: 25 Hours of Learning

Date

June 04, 2022 - June 05, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 6:00pm

  On Shavuot we go big, celebrating the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai by learning together in…

Shavuot Closing Celebration and Concert with Nefesh Mountain

Date

June 05, 2022

Time

6:00pm - 8:30pm

On Sunday, June 5, all are invited as we conclude our 25 hours of online learning at Tikkun…

Israel: A Year of Study and Conversation

As the Talmud teaches, “all of Israel is responsible for one another,” –  we are part of a peoplehood that welcomes a plurality of beliefs and opinions, but demands personal, active engagement. This year, the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston is embarking on a year of study and conversation that seeks to invite all to enter what Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem calls “troubled committed” –  a space where we are allowed, even encouraged, to engage in dialogue regarding conflicting issues and values, while acknowledging our relationship to Israel and the necessary stake we have in it’s future as modern Jews.

We invite you to join us in being “troubled committed”, as we seek to engage in conversations with open hearts, allow ourselves to be challenged without vilifying those who disagree, and invite complexity into our own long held perspectives. We seek to heed the moral urgency of the moment, while remembering that complex change requires creativity, commitment and patience as we look towards creating a just and safe Jewish future where our children remain committed but have the luxury of being less troubled.

Watch Rabbi Suzie Jacobson’s 5782 Yom Kippur Sermon on “Troubled Committed” here.

Upcoming Israel Programs


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.