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TILLI Peer-Led Learning

Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute

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 enjoy cultural events together, and to develop social relationships and a community. For more information, email

"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."

Bob Martin,
TILLI Study Group Leader

"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 man 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."

Rhoada Wald,
TILLI Core Committee

TILLI Winter Speaker Series

Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue

March 12 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Topic: Bryan Stevenson
Speaker: Joshua Frank
Bring your own lunch, coffee and… will be served in the Chapel at 10:30 a.m.

Josh will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling (2014) book Just Mercy. Much of the action of the book takes place in Monroeville, Alabama, hometown of the author Harper Lee, where her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird is also set. Just Mercy tells the stirring story of justice and redemption; it is available in paperback, in libraries, and there are several copies in the TI library.



March 19 | Harvard Museum

To learn more and RSVP:


Sunday, April 26, August Wilson’s “Fences”, 4:00 p.m. at New Repertory Theater in Watertown.
Tickets are $32 each.
Brunch prior to show is self-pay.

In 1950’s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson supports his wife Rose and their family as a garbageman after his dreams of being a baseball star in the National Negro League were derailed. When his son Cory aspires to earn a football scholarship, Troy’s bitterness about his own failure and high expectations for his son threaten to pull apart their family. In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece, August Wilson captures a pivotal time in history with his honest portrayal of a family struggling to break racial barriers and support one another with forgiveness and compassion.


Sunday, May 31, “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”, 3:00 p.m. at Lyric Stage in Boston. 
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak, Directed by Spiro Veloudos.
Tickets are $50.15 each.
Restaurant will be self-pay.

This Tony Award-Winning Best Musical follows the hilarious adventures of Monty Navarro, eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, as he sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder. Of course, all will be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst castle. And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind. This performance will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew.

Mah Jongg with TILLI

Join your TILLI friends for Mah Jongg in the Library

Thursdays | 10:30- 1:30 p.m.
January 2, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 20, 27
March 5, 19, 27

Contact Harriet Steinberg for details.

Movie Madness

Thursdays | 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

February 20
Everything is Illuminated (2005)
Run time 1 hr 46 min. PG-13

March 26
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Run Time 1 hr. 47 min.  PG-13

RSVP to Sue Misselbeck.

"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."

Mike Sandman,
TILLI Study Group Leader

TILLI Leadership Structure


Co Chairs: Judy Berkowitz & Larry Koff
Archivist and Caring Community:  Abby Greenberg
Budget and Data: Ted Greenwood & Debby Raboy
Curriculum: Judy Herman
Entertainment: Joan Loren
Events: Sylvia Green & Susan Fliegel
Lunch & Learn: Ruth Klepper & Marlene Yesley
Membership & Hospitality: Mark Kaplan
Movie Madness:  John Freeman
Summer Programs: Saralynn Busch
Winter Programs: Paula Folkman

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

Peggy Morrison,
TILLI Study Group Leader

TILLI Programming

What's going on?

For six weeks in both the spring and the fall, TILLI offers study sessions on a variety of topics led by members of the community. During the winter, we have monthly films or presentations with discussion sessions. Throughout the year, we have regular lunch sessions to hear and question experts from a wide range of fields. We also go on guided trips throughout the year to different museums and well-known local institutions in the Boston area.

TILLI Participation

What's my role?

Because TILLI is a peer-led learning program, participation is key. We are always looking for new study topic ideas and help with planning the evolving future of our group. We invite you to extend your learning and involvement by planning and leading a study group.

Connect with Us

Sue Misselbeck

Executive Coordinator for Cantor Einhorn, Rabbi Jacobson, Rabbi Friedman, Rabbi Mehlman & TILLI


TILLI in the News

March 9, 2016
How We Engaged Older Adults and Transformed Temple Life
URJ Blog, by Rhoada Wald