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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


Exodus in the Original

Date

January 19, 2022

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Family History Writing Workshop

Date

January 23, 2022

Time

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Join award-winning author, photographer and audio producer Rachael Cerrotti for a 3-session course all about personal storytelling. The…

Moving Stories: Immigration and Our Past, Present, and Future

Date

February 01, 2022

Time

6:30pm - 8:00pm

The national results of the last census reaffirm what we have seen in Greater Boston over the previous…

Introduction to Judaism: Spring 2022

Date

March 03, 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…

Current Classes Meeting this Week:


Exodus in the Original

Date

January 19, 2022

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Learn to Read Hebrew: Level 1

Date

January 19, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

This online, beginner-level class is designed for anyone wanting to learn or review the Hebrew alphabet and become…

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

Date

January 20, 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

Date

January 20, 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…

Family History Writing Workshop

Date

January 23, 2022

Time

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Join award-winning author, photographer and audio producer Rachael Cerrotti for a 3-session course all about personal storytelling. The…

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

Date

January 24, 2022

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…

A Taste of Judaism with Rabbi Andrew Oberstein

Date

January 24, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time 3 sessions, January 24 – February 7, 2022 Online class via…

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

Date

January 25, 2022

Time

8:00am - 9:00am

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

Exodus in the Original

Date

January 26, 2022

Time

1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Introduction to Judaism

Date

January 27, 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


We Share the Same Sky: A Conversation with Author Rachael Cerrotti and Journalist Karen Weintraub

Date

January 19, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning author, photographer, educator and audio producer. Her work explores the intergenerational impact of…

Cooking with TILLI: Chef Josh Ziskin

Date

January 20, 2022

Time

11:00am - 12:30pm

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) on Thursday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time as Chef…

Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition with Rabbi Art Green

Date

January 23, 2022

Time

11:00am - 12:30pm

Rabbi Art Green is one of the most important Jewish theologians alive today. He was the founding dean…

White Noise Film Screening

Date

January 27, 2022

Time

11:00am - 1:00pm

What’s ALL This Noise About ‘Fake” News and “Stolen Elections”? Where’s the harm? Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning…

White Noise Q&A with Film Director Daniel Lombroso

Date

February 03, 2022

Time

11:00am - 12:30pm

What’s ALL This Noise About ‘Fake” News and “Stolen Elections”? Where’s the harm? Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning…

Qabbalat Shabbat with Wyner Lecturer Cantor Jonathan Comisar

Date

February 04, 2022

Time

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Gather with us onsite or online for Qabbalat Shabbat. All are welcome to join this service full of…

Wyner Lecture Weekend: To Bigotry No Sanction, with Cantor Jonathan Comisar

Date

February 05, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:00pm

All invited to join us for an evening of listening, learning, and discussion as we screen the documentary…

Wyner Lecture Weekend: The Jewish Life of Leonard Bernstein, with Cantor Jonathan Comisar

Date

February 06, 2022

Time

12:30pm - 2:00pm

We conclude our Wyner Lecture Weekend with Cantor Jonathan Comisar on Sunday, February 6 for a musically interactive…

Qabbalat Shabbat with Guest Speaker Daniel Sokatch

Date

February 11, 2022

Time

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us online or onsite at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11 for our Qabbalat Shabbat service, followed…

Film Screening: The Garden of the Finzi Continis

Date

March 03, 2022

Time

11:00am - 1:00pm

What’s ALL This Noise About ‘Fake” News and “Stolen Elections”? Where’s the harm? Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning…

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 commitment” –  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, with “troubled commitment”, 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 Commitment” here.

Upcoming Israel Programs


Qabbalat Shabbat with Guest Speaker Daniel Sokatch

Date

February 11, 2022

Time

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us online or onsite at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11 for our Qabbalat Shabbat service, followed…

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.