Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Michelle Ephraim


About the Program

November 18, 6:00 p.m.

As contemporary readers of Shakespeare’s plays, we are in a dynamic position to actually make meaning in his plays. What happens when we approach the Torah with this same attitude and orientation? In this lecture, author and TI member Michelle Ephraim will explain how her changing relationship with Hamlet during her own family tragedy helped her to understand reading and interpretation as a type of personal dialogue. Understanding our agency as readers of Shakespeare also illuminates our experience with the Torah. Ephraim is the Shakespeare scholar at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat services and a presentation followed by text study with Michelle Ephraim and a special Oneg Shabbat in memory of Mark Yesley given by Marlene Yesley, Susan Yesley, and Ellen and Joel Silberman.

If you would enjoy reading Michelle Ephraim’s latest book, Shakespeare Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas, in advance of the Ungerleider Program, please contact Ann Abrams, Temple Israel’s Librarian, to purchase a copy! Learn more about the book at

About the Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program

The Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program is an endowed lecture series established in 1994 by the Ungerleider family in memory of author, curator, philanthropist, and visionary Joy Ungerleider. The lecture series honors Jewish authors and publications and is under the supervision of the Library Committee and Librarian, Ann Abrams.

Children's Programming

There will be special programming for children during the Ungerleider Program. During Michelle Ephraim’s presentation, “Hamlet’s Torah,” (after Qabbalat Shabbat services), from approximately 6:45 – 7:30 p.m., children are encouraged to join us downstairs for special programming led by Roberta Bergstein, our resident Minster of Fun! If you have any questions, please contact Roberta at