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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 Fall 2021 Semester: Registration Now Open

The 6-week Fall Semester begins Thursday, October 14, 2021. Click below to view the Fall brochure for full details.

TILLI Summer Session 2021

Join us (almost) every Thursday, from June 3 – September 2, for a variety of speaker events, book discussions, film screenings, and more!  All programs are free and open to all.

For virtual events, please use the form below to RSVP and receive the Zoom link. For in-person programs, so please select “In Person Programs” option below and use the form to register to reserve your spot. Please note space is limited.

Please email Ann Abrams at with any questions or if you need help registering.

Register with the form below to receive the Zoom link for any of the virtual programs.  Click “Add” to select the date(s)  you wish to attend, then click “Continue” to confirm registration details before submitting.

We are so excited to offer a small number of in-person programs as part of our 2021 TILLI Summer Session. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

To register, select the date(s) you wish to attend by clicking “Add” and entering your information, then click “Continue” to confirm registration details before submitting. Please contact Brigid Goggin at with any quesitons.

"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 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 Core Committee


Co Chairs: Judy Berkowitz & Larry Koff
Archivist and Caring Community:  Abby Greenberg, Chair
Budget, Data, Technical Assistance, and Elections: Ted Greenwood, Chair
Committee Members: Larry Koff, Debby Raboy
Curriculum: Judy Herman, Chair
Committee Members: Judy Berkowitz, Saralynn Busch, Naomi Gordon, Barbara Koff, Helen Kolsky, Peggy Morrison, Judy Murad, Natalie Schatz, Marlene Yesley
Events and Entertainment: Susan Fliegel, Debi Gandre, Joan Loren, Co-Chairs
Committee Members: Joan Florsheim, John Freeman, Sylvia Green, Ruth Klepper, Andrea Rosenthal
Lunch & Learn: Bob McCorkle, Chair
Membership: Priscilla Golding, Mark Kaplan, Co-Chairs
Movies and Books:  John Freeman, Sandra Wixted, Co-Chairs
Summer Speakers and Mini Sessions: Saralynn Busch, Chair
Winter Speakers: Paula Folkman, Chair
Winter Mini Sessions: Lenny Krulewich, Chair

"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."

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: Adult Education Team

Ann Abrams

Brigid Goggin

Emma Glaser

TILLI in the News

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