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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


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

Date

July 23, 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

July 23, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

July 28, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

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

Date

July 30, 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

July 30, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

August 4, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

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

Date

August 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

August 6, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

August 11, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

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

Date

August 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

August 13, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

August 18, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

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

Date

August 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

August 20, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

August 25, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

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

Date

August 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...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

August 27, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

September 3, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Date

September 8, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Instructor: Aron Wander Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8 Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST Course fee: $200, financial aid is available Loca...

Introduction to Judaism: Summer 2024

Date

September 10, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

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

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


"Inundation District" a film by TI member David Abel

Date

July 23, 2024

Time

6:30 PM - 8:15 PM EDT

Join us onsite for "Inundation District" a film by TI member David Abel on July 23rd at 6:30 pm. Inundation District is a feature-length film about t...

Voting Action 2024

Date

August 8, 2024

Time

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Together, we will address postcards to states where voter suppression remains a challenge, aiming to counteract barriers like ever-changing polling p...

Bereavement Group

Date

September 24, 2024

Time

5:15 PM - 6:10 PM EDT

Temple Israel holds a monthly bereavement group for all those who are currently struggling with a loss. This discussion group, facilitated by Rabbi ...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Emily Franklin

Date

October 31, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Listen and ask questions to experts...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Roger Gottlieb

Date

November 7, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Listen and ask questions to experts...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Ken Liss

Date

November 14, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Listen and ask questions to experts...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Eric Peterson

Date

November 21, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Listen and ask questions to experts...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Margie Yamamoto

Date

December 5, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Listen and ask questions to experts...

TILLI Fall 2024 Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Closing Lunch

Date

December 12, 2024

Time

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for our Fall 2024 Semester Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. For our closing lunch, we will have...

Tikkun Zoom Shavuot: 25 Hours of Online Learning

Date

June 1, 2025

Time

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Online learning sessions will start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1st and run through 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2nd. On Shavuot we go big, celebr...

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 Events


Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

September 17, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on September 17th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening ...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

October 1, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce the ...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

October 15, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, Oct 15th at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our first Speaker Series even...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

October 29, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on October 29th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

November 12, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, November 12th, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce th...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

November 26, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our next Speaker Series ...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

December 10, 2024

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on December 10th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening i...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

January 7, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce the ...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

January 21, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our next Speaker Series e...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

February 4, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on February 4th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

February 18, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, February 18th, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce th...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

March 4, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our next Speaker Series even...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

March 18, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on March 18th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in I...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

April 1, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, April 1st, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce the bo...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

April 15, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our next Speaker Series eve...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Current Events Conversation

Date

April 29, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on April 29th, at 7:00 pm for our next open conversation about what is happening in I...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Book Group

Date

May 13, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Join us onsite or online on Tuesday, May 13th, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm for the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus Book Group. We will announce the boo...

Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) Speaker Series

Date

May 27, 2025

Time

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Please join the Temple Israel Progressive Israel Caucus (TIPIC) on Tuesday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. online or onsite, for our next Speaker Series event...

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.