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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

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

Date

February 27, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

February 27, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

Modern Midrash: The Book of Jonah and the Stories that Accompany Him with Rabbi Elaine Zecher

Date

February 29, 2024

Time

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

The Biblical character of Jonah has caught our imagination for centuries.  Not only is he the only successful prophet--he tells Nineveh to repent an...

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2024

Date

February 29, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens. Over the course of...

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

Date

March 5, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

March 5, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2024

Date

March 7, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens. Over the course of...

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

Date

March 12, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

March 12, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2024

Date

March 14, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens. Over the course of...

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

Date

March 19, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

March 19, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

Purim 101

Date

March 19, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

What is a megillah? Why do we wear costumes? Who was Haman?  What exactly IS Purim? Dive in to the texts and traditions of Purim with Rabbi Andrew O...

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2024

Date

March 21, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens. Over the course of...

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

Date

March 26, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

March 26, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2024

Date

March 28, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens. Over the course of...

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

Date

April 2, 2024

Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud in this weekly online class led by Rabbi Suz...

Learn to Read Hebrew: Spring 2024

Date

April 2, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1 This onsite, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet an...

A Taste of Judaism: April 2024

Date

April 2, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Explore traditional and modern Jewish sources in an accessible setting. Join us and discuss the ways Judaism can resonate in our daily lives.  A Ta...

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


History, Memory, Community: Celebrating the Voices of TI's Jewish Foremothers

Date

March 17, 2024

Time

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Join Temple Israel and the Jewish Women's Archive in celebrating the launch of JWA's new  Nikki Newman Tanner Oral History Collection  and the ...

Concert with New Moon Rising

Date

June 20, 2024

Time

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

We prepare for summer by welcoming back musical friends of Temple Israel. Elana Arian, Deborah Sacks Mintz, and Chava Mirel are New Moon Rising — ...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC)

The Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) seeks to engage Temple Israel members with Israel in all its challenges, conflicts and complexities from a progressive perspective.  In its organizing and educational activities, TIPIC aims to create safe spaces for Temple Israel members to explore and express perspectives on Israel/Palestine.  All are welcome to attend TIPIC-hosted gatherings, which include monthly meetings with a speaker, current events conversations, and our book group. Upcoming gatherings are posted here and in Chailights. 

Resources

  • The Israel Study Guide is carefully curated with links to many subjects, organizations, and web pages, organized by topics that deal with the historic and modern day State of Israel.
  • The TIPIC Monthly Digest is a compilation of pertinent news and opinion articles which appeared in various publications during the previous month.  Send your email address to Jaime Merrill to receive the Digest.

Upcoming TIPIC Gatherings


TIPIC Book Group

Date

March 5, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group as we discuss and debate...

Progressive Israel Caucus Meeting

Date

March 7, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online for this upcoming meeting of the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Thursday, March 7, from 7:00—8:30 p.m....

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Current Events Conversation

Date

March 26, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on March 26th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in I...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Current Events Conversation

Date

April 30, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on April 30th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in I...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Current Events Conversation

Date

May 28, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on May 28th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in Isr...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Current Events Conversation

Date

June 25, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on June 25th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in Is...

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 Rabbi Suzie Jacobson to learn more.