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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

Spring 2019 registration is now open!

"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

Spring 2019 Lunch & Learn Schedule

Thursday Afternoons, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
April 4: TBD
April 11: Professor Arnold Offner; Topic: Hubert Humphrey
April 18: Doctor Burton Jaffe; Topic: Climate Change
April 25: Professor Joyce Antler; Topic: Jewish Feminism
May 2: Ellen Clegg; Topic: Journalism Today
May 9: Spring Session Closing Luncheon and Recognition

Mah Jongg and Bridge with TILLI

Join your TILLI friends for Mah Jongg or Bridge in the Library

  • Thursdays from 10:30- 1:30 p.m. December 6, 13, 20, 27 and January 3, 10, 17, 24

*Please RSVP for Bridge by emailing

"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

Fall 2018 Events

March 28: New England Conservatory
June 13: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Please RSVP to

2019 Winter Session

The Arts:
January 31: IIlya Vidrin, Dance
February 21: Steven Lipsitt, Clarinet
March 7: Abby Rischin, “Step into Art”
*Dates for Game Day will follow later.

TILLI Leadership Structure


Co-Chairs: Larry Koff, Judy Berkowitz
Curriculum Committee: Judy Herman
Events: Sylvia Green, Susan Fliegel
Winter Session: Paula Folkman
Lunch and Learn: Ruth Klepper, Marlene Yesley
Summer Session: Saralynn Busch, John Freeman
Budget and Data: Larry Koff, Ted Greenwood
Membership: Mark Kaplan
Archivist/Historian: Rhoada Wald
Clergy Liaison: Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
TILLI Coordinator: Susan Misselbeck

"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