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

PURIM! Come celebrate with TBE tonight at 6:30 for services and 7:30 with Fine Line Comedy. Nosh, Laugh and Learn!  For additional information visit

My Promised Land, with Rabbi Sisenwine, will conclude on Sunday, March 8 with classes at 9:00 and 11:30.

Second Coming of Moses, with Rabbi Jeffrey Lazar, Sunday morning 10:00-11:00 March 8 & 15. Would it surprise you that the idea of a second coming has its origin within Judaism? The Torah, the prayer book, the Haggadah, and midrashim provide us with resource materials for this brief, fascinating examination.  RSVP to Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. 

Introduction to Judaism, with Rabbis Sisenwine and Saphire, Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:00 March 8, 22 & 29.

Interfaith Discussion Group: Navigating our Family’s Jewish Journey, with Rabbi Saphire, Sunday mornings from 11:30-12:30 March 8, 22 & 29.

Exploring Hebrew Poetry, with Rabbinic Intern Emily Langowitz, concludes Sunday morning, March 8, from 10:00-11:00.  

Spirituality and Social Justice: The Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, with visiting scholar Rabbi Or Rose, continues Monday evening, March 9 & 16. Learning will include the study of Rabbi Heschel’s work as a theologian, scholar and activist. Please register online at Class fee is $50.

Jewish Thinkers on God, Torah and Israel, led by Rabbi Saphire, Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 on March 11, 25 and April 1. Join Rabbi Saphire for a mini course exploring several prominent Jewish thinkers and theologians who have influenced  modern Jewish life. Please RSVP to Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. 

Lunchtime Conversations: How Awe Inspiring is This Place, A tour of our temple, led by our Executive Director of Jewish Living, Alison Kur, Wednesday, March 11  Noon-1:00. 


Make up classed for Judaism and Comedy, with comedian and educator, Rachel Klein from Gann Academy, will be held on Wednesday evenings, March 18 and April 8, from 7:00-8:30 pm. 

Save the Date

Living Torah 21 Shabbat Dinner, following services on Friday evening, March 13. RSVP to Lynn Burke by Wednesday, March 4. or (781) 235-8419 x211. 

Creating Your Own Haggadah, with Rabbi Franklin, Sunday morning, March 15 from 10:00-11:00 and Sunday morning, March 22 (during Passover Pathways) from 12:30-1;15.  This class will explore traditional,  innovative, creative, and fun ways to enliven your Passover experience. Participants will work towards making their own digital or print Haggadot for their family Seder. Make sure to bring a computer!  Please register with Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. 

How Awe Inspiring is This Place!  A tour of TBE led by our Executive Director of Jewish Living, Alison Kur, Sunday morning, March 15 at 9:00 and 11:30. Please register with Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Passover Pathways, Sunday, March 22. Please visit our website for programming details, and be sure to sign up for your favorite classes! Click here to register

Women in the Midrash, with Rabbi Franklin, Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:00 March 25, April 1, 15 & 29, May 13 & 20. This class will bring to life female biblical heroines who are often forgotten. Through Midrash, we will discover the incredible roles that women have played in the ancient Jewish narrative. Please register with Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211.

God Box, Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, at the New Rep Theatre in Watertown. There are still tickets available!  RSVP by April 1 to Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. Tickets $28.75 each. 

Envisioning Sacred Community - a workshop with Mosaic artist, Josh Winer.
Wednesday, April 29 6:30-8:30 pm (and a May date TBD) - When you think of TBE, what stories, values and ideas come to mind? How might you share your TBE story creatively, using color, drawing or collage? Come work with Josh and share your story, help create a beautiful mosaic depicting the vision and values of TBE. Open to all people of all ages, whether or not you consider yourself to be an artist. 

Adult Learning End of Year Siyum (concluding) Celebration, SAVE THE DATE!  Friday evening, May 18. Join us for dinner as we celebrate the richness of our learning at TBE this past year. 

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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