American Jewish Life

American Jewish Life

Learning and Conversation

Tuesday Opportunities


Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

Fee:  Free 

Date: Tuesdays, beginning April 25, 12:30 to 2:30 pm in Rooms 214 & 215


After six weeks of learning the skills of playing Canasta, TBElle players are ready to continue their game... and they’re inviting you to join them!  To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please be in touch with Bunny Cohen.

Space is limited

TBElle Music Club (sponsored by TBElle)

Time: 1:30-3:00 pm

Fee:  Free 

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Beit Midrash

Description: Our objective is to learn more about music we know, to be introduced to some new music, and to enjoy the community of friends with similar musical interests. Different facilitators choose their music/composer of choice to share each meeting. Come join us!

From Classics to Pop... Who stole what from whom? with Don Drourr

Dozens of pop songs are based on classical pieces or themes. We'll examine and listen to several.  We'll also look at some popular TV & movie themes and find out their genesis as well. 

RSVP and QUESTIONS to Art Gerstenfeld or (617) 852-5748.

TBE Book Club

Co-Chairs: Helene Kress & Trina Reinach

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Description:  The TBE Book Club is a warm and dynamic group of people looking to share and discuss good reads, expand their perspectives, and get to know one another through lively discussion. All are welcome! For more information contact Helene Kress, [email protected], or Trina Reinach, [email protected].


Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 pm

Judas, by Amos Oz  The author begins this novel with the story of Shmuel, a university drop-out in today's  Jerusalem whose interrupted dissertation is about Jewish views of Jesus.  The book jacket tells "At once an exquisite love story and a coming-of-age novel, Judas offers a surprising perspective on the state of Israel and the biblical tale from which it draws its title."  As the story unfolds we are forced to consider what is a traitorous, both in the time of Jesus and in the present day . It is a particularly interesting approach since Oz himself has been called a traitor by some in Israeli politics.

Wednesday Opportunities

Lunch & Learn (formerly Lunchtime Conversations)

Instructor: Different Speaker Each Session, please see list below

Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  Free

2017-2018 Dates: TBD

Description:  A series of weekly events, held during the TBElle program, on wide-ranging Jewish themes offered by TBE’s Caring Community and led by TBE clergy, staff, congregants and invited guests. We are pleased to offer this casual way to meet new friends and stay connected with folks you know. All programs are free and open to TBE community and their friends. Meet us in the Beit Midrash and bring your own brown bag lunch and drink. No RSVPs needed!

OCTOBER 17 - Cantor Shanna Zell, Topic TBD

OCTOBER 24 - Carolyn Kohlman, A Genealogy Presentation

OCTOBER 31 - Judy Zorfass & Rosalie Snyder, Consumer Helpline: Call for Action

NOVEMBER 7 - Jim Kaufman, Antique Collecting & The History and Creation of Dedham Pottery

November 14 - Rabbi Debra Goldstein, My Jewish Journey & Conversations about Dealing with Challenge and Change


2017-2018 Lunchtime Conversations Committee: Susan Brown, Susan Freedman, Carol Salter and Debby Turney


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