TILLI Peer-Led Learning

Temple Israel’s Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI) provides opportunities for Temple Israel members and others to engage in peer-led, intellectually stimulating study groups covering a broad range of topics, to develop social relationships and a community, and to enjoy cultural events together.

Make Thursdays Your TILLI Day

Spring and Fall Semester Study Groups - Fall 2022 Registration is Open!

Join a 6-week TILLI Study Group. These groups run in the Spring and Fall. Choose from a variety of topics, led by TILLI community members in morning and afternoon sessions.

Click here to view the 2022 Fall Semester Brochure.

Click here to register online for the 2022 Fall Semester.  Contact tilli@tisrael.org with questions or for assistance with registration.

Winter and Summer Sessions

Participate in TILLI offerings in the Winter and Summer. Choose from a full slate of (almost) weekly mini-sessions, speakers, and discussion groups. Free and open to all, you can join in any time, from classes in gardening and cooking, to film screenings, book clubs, and more. 

Click here to view full list of 2022 Summer Program offerings.

Email tilli@tisrael.org with questions or for help registering. 

See the TILLI Online Tour of Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina that was held on June 16, 2022

Screenshot of an online tour of the Columbia Museum of Art showing 2 paintings with a thumbnail of the museum tour guide in the upper right corner

Lunch and Learn

Listen and question experts in their fields. During the Spring and Fall semesters, TILLI hosts speakers on a wide range of topics and current issues that are open to all.

All are welcome to join us online from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET for our Fall 2022 Lunch and Learn Speaker Series.

October 13, 2022 – Joyce Antler: The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Women’s Comedy

October 20, 2022 – Rhoada Wald: The Mystique of Aging

October 27, 2022 – Karen Weintraub: Science in the News. The Story Behind a Story.

November 3, 2022 – Ellen Rovner: Remembering and Re-visiting Chelsea

November 10, 2022 – Cantor Alicia Stillman: The Art of the Niggun

November 17, 2022 – Semester Close and Winter Programs Preview


Upcoming Programs

TILLI Winter Session – Book Discussion of People Love Dead Jews by Dara Horn


December 08, 2022


11:00am - 12:00pm

Dara Horn, the author of People Love Dead Jews is the 5783 Scholar in Residence at Temple Israel….

TILLI Latke Competition and Chanukah Party


December 15, 2022


11:30am - 1:00pm

Join us at 11:30 AM online or onsite in Levi Auditorium for TILLI’s Chanukah Party and Latke Competition!…

Get Involved

Because TILLI is a peer-led learning program, participation is key. We are always looking for new study topics to explore. We invite you to extend your learning and involvement by planning and leading a study group. Click here to apply to lead a study group.


Rhoada Wald, TILLI Core Committee

"What does it mean to have a voice in an institution? What does it mean to be engaged in intellectual life semester after semester? What does it mean to feel that you are part of a community? This is TILLI.  We have changed the stereotypical image of aging and have a renewed sense of who we are and what can be accomplished at any age in the context of life-long learning. TILLI provides a canvas to satisfy our thirst for knowledge, meaning making and connections. And that is what TILLI of Temple Israel has accomplished. Now that’s something to celebrate."

Peggy Morrison, TILLI Study Group Leader

"After a career in an area in which I had no training or credentials, TILLI has given me a chance to realize what I always thought would be my destiny: teaching the humanities."

Bob Martin, TILLI Study Group Leader

"TILLI study group leaders are my peers. They are careful to qualify their topics by providing credible documentation and authentic research. Intelligent people of our generation grew up knowing that a legitimate fact is supported by unassailable proof and concrete evidence to be true."

Mike Sandman, TILLI Study Group Leader

"TILLI doesn’t offer the same courses over and over, so a lot of instructors have spent a lot of time developing new courses. We do because the students teach us as much as we teach them. It’s life-long learning for everyone involved."

TILLI 2022-2023 Core Leadership Team:

TILLI Co-Chairs:

Priscilla Golding and Barbara Smith Koff

Archivist and Caring Community:

Abby Greenberg

Budget, Data, Technical Assistance, and Elections:

Ted Greenwood


Judy Herman (chair), Judith Berkowitz, Barbara Koff, Helen Kolsky, Peggy Morrison, Judy Murad, Natalie Schatz, and Marlene Yesley

Events and Entertainment:

Susan Fliegel, Debi Gandre, and Joan Loren

Lunch and Learn:

Bob McCorkle


Mark Kaplan and Paula Folkman

Movies and Books:

John Freeman and Sandy Wixted

Public Relations and Photography:

Andrea Rosenthal

Special Events:

Serena Fujita

Winter and Summer Coordinator:

Natalie Schatz

Winter Mini Sessions:

Lenny Krulewich