Adult Learning Overview

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We are delighted you are exploring learning opportunities at Temple Beth Elohim, where we offer a full portfolio of programs and courses for lifelong learning.  Some courses are year-long, others meet for a few sessions only; some programs provide in-depth study, some programs offer an intriguing introduction to a topic. You'll see that adult learners have options!  With topics as varied as Jewish text study, mussar, writing, Israel-based programs, art, Hebrew language study, Jewish cooking and much more, there's a program for most everyone.  Enriching all learning opportunities are insightful and gifted instructors who will help guide and nurture our community in study together.  

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Adult Learning Opportunities

The Rabbis and Their Talmud, with Rabbi Philip Sherman, meets Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 on April 27 and May 4.

TBElle Tuesdays continue on April 28. Vic Dietz will lead the Lunch and Learn session talking about Tai Chi.

Women in the Midrash, with Rabbi Josh Franklin, continues April 29, May 13, 20 & 27 from 7:30-9:00. Please register with Lynn Burke.

Jewish Mindfulness & Meditation, with Donna Rubenoff, continues  April 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. $110 for the session. Please register with Lynn Burke.


TBE Book Club, Wednesday, April 29 Wednesday evening, April 29, from 7:30-9:00 pm. All I Love and Know by Judith Frank. A novel about a couple whose lives are suddenly impacted by events in Jerusalem and challenges they never expected to face. It is an impactful story about love and loss, gay marriage and adoption. Contacts: Trina Reinach, and Helene Kress,

Community Mosaic Project! Envisioning Sacred Community - an intergenerational workshop with Mosaic artist, Josh Winer. Wednesday, April 29 6:30-8:30 pm and Sunday, May 17 (running concurrently with Mitzvah Day). When you think of TBE, what stories, values and ideas come to mind? Share your TBE story creatively, using color, drawing or collage. Stop by for 30-45 minutes and help create a beautiful mosaic depicting our vision and values. Open to all people of all ages, whether or not you consider yourself to be an artist. 

My Promised Land, with Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, will meet for a final review of the book for one hour only on Sunday morning, May 3 from 9:00-10:00.

Israeli Current Events Program (ICEP) on Sunday, May 3 from 11:30-12:30, welcomes guest speaker Dr. David Gurevich,  who will present “Will there ever be Peace?” Dr. Gurevich will discuss his personal dialogues and experiences with Palestinians to address the thorny questions about the future.

Adult Learning End of Year Siyum (concluding) Celebration, Friday evening, May 15. Join us for dinner as we celebrate the richness of our learning at TBE this past year. Please be sure to register with Lynn Burke by Wednesday, May 6.  Dinner cost is $25 per person.

Adult Learning Fall Retreat, Friday and Saturday October 23 & 24 at The Warren Center in Ashland.  For information, please contact Rabbi Philip Sherman.

As always, should there be a cost involved with a program, it should not be a barrier to participation.  If you would like to participate, but cannot afford the fee, please contact Alison Kur (781) 235-8419 x213, or Rabbi Philip Sherman (781) 235-8419 x208, for a confidential conversation. 

Our Adult Learning Vision 

A community of individuals discovering and strengthening our connection to Judaism.       

Our Adult Learning Mission

The mission of Adult Learning at Temple Beth Elohim is to touch the heart, engage the mind and move the soul of each member.  Through lifelong exploration of the nuance, complexity and joy of living in a Jewish way, each person strives to become more knowledgeable and discover practice, meaning, spirituality and connection to the Jewish community.  The experiences we offer are welcoming, challenging and accessible at a variety of levels with the goal of fostering the spiritual journey and a passionate connection to Judaism and Temple Beth Elohim. --adopted by the Temple Beth Elohim Task Force, May 2011.

For more information about adult learning programs or help with registration, please contact Lynn Burke Executive Assistant,, 781.235.8419 x211.  

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