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 - Spring 2022 Registration Now 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 Spring Semester Brochure.

Click here to register for the 2022 Spring Semester with our online form. 

Winter and Summer Sessions - Summer 2022 Registration Open!

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.

Online-only Summer Event Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23, August 18, September 22, and October 6
– To register for any online-only summer event, click here.

In-person Summer Event Dates:
– To register for the July 14 Studio Without Walls Art Walk, click here.

To register for the June 30 or August 25 Voting Action Events, click here.

– To register for the September 1 Brookline Walking Tour, click here.


You can also browse all upcoming summer events below. 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.

This semester, join us from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET for our Spring 2022 Lunch and Learn Speaker Series. All are welcome. Join online via Zoom.

April 14, 2022 – Tali Puterman: A Snapshot of the Jewish Community in South Africa

April 21, 2022 – Ellen Clegg: “News Deserts” and the Crisis in Local News

April 28, 2022 – Roger Herzog: The Struggle for Affordable Housing in Metro Boston

May 5, 2022 – Rabbi Suzie Jacobson: Experiencing God in Dialogue with Poetry

Mary 12, 2022 – Marian Knapp: Rebecca Goldberg, Bootlegger

May 19, 2022 – Semester Close and Summer Programs Preview


Upcoming Programs

TILLI Summer Session – Voting Action Event


June 30, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

Join us onsite at Temple Israel for an assembly line style preparation of about 500 postcards (or letters)…

TILLI Summer Session – Muddy River Art Walk with Studio Without Walls


July 14, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for an art walk of The Ground We Walk at Studio Without…

TILLI Summer Session – How Did We Get Here? The Struggle to Vote, with Karen Levit


August 18, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

The freedom to vote is affected by a wide array of laws and court rulings – some lesser…

TILLI Summer Session – Voting Action Event


August 25, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

Join us onsite at Temple Israel for an assembly line style preparation of about 500 postcards (or letters)…

TILLI Summer Session – Walking Tour: The Early Development and Growth of Jewish Brookline


September 01, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for a 90-minute walking tour led by the Brookline Historical Society….

TILLI Summer Session – REDI Conversation led by TILLI Members


September 22, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

In preparation for Days of Awe we invite you to be a part of a reflective conversation about…

TILLI Summer Session – Online Tour of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis


October 06, 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for an online tour led by a museum docent of the…

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