American Jewish Life

American Jewish Life

Click on the links below to learn about our community learning and social opportunities:



TBElle Music Club

TBE Book Club

Lunch & Learn

Under the Sukkah Cooking Class with Robin Kalis

Tuesday Opportunities


Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

Fee:  Free 

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


Come join in the fun and community time!  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, September 26

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!

THE OBOE IN ORCHESTRAS with facilitator Janet Yardley

The discussion will be focused on the role of the oboe in orchestras, along with a demonstration showing how the sound of this double reed instrument is different from all other musical instruments.

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

2017-2018 Dates: Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, Jan 3 & 31, Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 30, Jun 27 

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].

September 27

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. 

October 25

All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen

A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man's struggles with faith, family, and community.

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: Oct 17, 24 & 31, Nov 7 & 14

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

Wednesday Opportunities

Holiday Cooking Class Dates: Oct 4 (Fall Holidays/Sukkot), Nov 15 (Shabbat), Jan 31 (Tu Bishvat), Mar 14 (Passover), Apr 11 (Shabbat), May 9 (Israel)

$35 for one class / $180 if register for all six classes ($30 savings for the year of classes).