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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Upcoming Programs & Events 

The Rabbis and Their Talmud, with Rabbi Philip Sherman, begins again tonight, January 21 from 7:30-9:00 pm. Register with Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation, with Donna Rubenoff, Thursdays, January 22 & 29, February 5, 12 & 28, March 12, from 7:30-8:30 pm. Click here to register. Registration fee is $110. 

Blessings: Life Challenges & Transitions, with Rabbi Marcia Plumb, meets Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm beginning tomorrow evening, January 22. Classes continue January 29 and February 5, 12 & 26. Click here to register. Class  fee is $90.  

Introduction to Judaism, with Rabbis Sisenwine and Saphire, meets this Sunday, January 25, from 10:00-11:00 am. Classes are scheduled to meet again February 1 & 8 and March 1, 8, 22 &29. 

Save the Date

Living Torah 21 Shabbat Dinner, Friday evening, January 30 (following services). Register by January 22 with  Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. Dinner cost is $20 per person.

Judaism and Comedy, with comedian and educator, Rabbi Rachel Klein from Gann Academy, will meet Monday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm on February 2, 9 & 23. Register with Lynn Burke, or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Creating Your Own Haggadah, with Rabbi Franklin, Sunday mornings 10:00-11:00 am. Begins Sunday, February 8. Four classes  are scheduled for February 8, March 1, 15 & 22.  This class will explore traditional,  innovative, creative, and fun ways to enliven your Passover experience. Each participant will work towards making their Haggadot––either digital or print––for their family Seder. Make sure to bring a computer! Register with Lynn Burke, or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Reform Responsa: Exploring what reform Rabbis have to say about contemporary issues, with Rabbi Julie Wolkoff, will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm on February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25. Register with Lynn Burke, or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Spirituality and Social Justice: The Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, with visiting scholar Rabbi Or Rose, will meet  Monday evenings, March 2, 9 & 16. Learning will include the study of Rabbi Heschel’s work as a theologian, scholar and activist. Click here to register. Class fee is $50.

Class Updates 

My Promised Land, scheduled to meet at both 9:00 and 11:30 am on Sunday, January 25, has been canceled.  Class will resume on Sunday, February 8.

Living Deeply and Mindfully: Mussar at TBE with Rabbi Plumb will only be meeting one Monday evening in January, on the 26th. The class hopes to continue for six additional sessions on February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6 &27. Registration is open, please contact Lynn Burke, or (781) 235-8419 x211. Extended session cost is $180.

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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