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 2023 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 2023 Spring Semester Brochure.

Click here to register online for the 2023 Spring Semester.  Contact tilli@tisrael.org with questions or for assistance with registration.

Winter and Summer Sessions - Winter 2023 Registration is 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 all 2023 Winter Program offerings. You can also brows all upcoming events using the calendar below.

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


Past Winter Program Recordings:

Modigliani Up Close: TILLI Visit to the Barnes Collection on January 5, 2023

Lunch and Learn - Spring 2023 Speakers Announced

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 Spring 2023 Lunch and Learn Speaker Series.

April 13, 2023 – Kathryn Madden: Temple Israel – Inventing Our Future

April 20, 2023 – Janette Hillis-Jaffe: Promoting Democracy at Home and in Israel – What Can We Do?

April 27, 2023 – Barbara Brown: Slavery & Freedom – Hidden History & Stories from Brookline

May 4, 2023 – Deb Polansky: Emily Dickinson – Vesuvius At Home

May 11, 2023 – Carol Agate: Understanding and Coping with Hearing Loss

May 18, 2023 – Semester Close and Summer Programs Preview


Upcoming Programs

TILLI Winter Session: "The Fight for Religious Liberty" Documentary Screening


March 30, 2023


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Join us online on Thursday, March 30 a 11:00 a.m. ET for a screening of "First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty", the story of how the most b...

TILLI Peer-Led Study Groups: Spring 2023 Semester


April 13, 2023


11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Join Temple Israel’s Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI) for a 6-week peer-led Study Group. These groups cover a variety of topics and are led by ...

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. Contact tilli@tisrael.org to learn more about how to get involved. 


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, Serena Fujita, Barbara Koff, Helen Kolsky, Peggy Morrison, Judy Murad, and Natalie Schatz.

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