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Tuesday Classes

NEW!  TBE Music Club

Hosted By: Art Gerstenfeld

Time: 1:30-3:00 pm

Fee:  Free

First Monthly Meeting:
Tuesday, February 21, 1:30 to 3:00 pm at TBE


Art Gerstenfeld, facilitator of the vastly popular TBElle "Music Around The World" music class, is starting the TBE Music Club. The first monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 21, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at TBE. Prior to each meeting we will listen to one or more works of a composer or performer and read about that composer or genre of music. One or more class members will act as facilitator. At the end of each meeting we select a different composer or performer for the next meeting. Art will be the facilitator for the first meeting on February 21. He has selected the composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the Brandenburg Concertos. Each one is a treasure in itself.

RSVP to Art Gerstenfeld, [email protected] or (617) 852-5748 so that we will know how many to expect for this first meeting. We hope this will be the beginning a good journey for all of us. 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. Come join us!

TBE Book Club

Instructor: Helene Kress & Trina Reinach

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

2016-2017 Dates: Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 28, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 30, Apr 26, May 31. Please see book titles below.

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].


October 26 -  CANCELLED

November 30 - Their Promised Land, by Ian Buruma 

December 28 - The Attack, by Yasmina Khadra

January 25 - Putting God Second, by Donniel Hartman

February 22 - The Yid, by Paul Goldberg

March 29 - The Notorious RBG, by Shana Knizhnik and Ira Carmon

April 26 - The Angel: The Egyptian Spy who Saved Israel, by Uri Bar Joseph

May 31 - TBD

Wednesday Classes

Lunch & Learn (formerly Lunchtime Conversations)

Instructor: Different Speaker Each Session, please see list below

Time: 11:45 am-1:15 pm

Class Fee:  Free

2016-2017 Dates: Sep 13, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9  (Instructors and topics TBD)

Description:  A series of monthly events 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!


September 13 - Rabbi Philip Sherman

October - NO MEETING

November 8 - Don Drourr, Politics (by Jews) on Broadway

December 13 -  Walter Robinson, Contemporary Hip-Hop Midrash Performance to original Torah Story

January 10 - Jerry Goldberg

February 14 - Rabbi Carol Mitchell

March 14 - Carolyn Kohlman


May 9 - Nicole Vecchiotti and Mark Hirsh

2016-17 Lunchtime Conversations Committee: Susan Brown, Susan Freedman, Carol Salter and Debby Turney

Cooking for the Holidays     THESE CLASSES ARE FULL!

Instructor: Robin Kalis                                                                

Time: 9:30 - Noon                                                  

Class Fee:  $160 for all three sessions OR $75 for the Fall or Passover sessions and $25 for the Hanukkah session. Costs are inclusive of all classes within a series and will not be reduced should you be unable to attend all the classes in a particular series

Dates: Fall Holidays: September 14, 21 & 28 / Hanukkah: December 21 / Passover: March 22, 29 & April 5

Description:  Join Robin as she helps us prepare for our holiday meals. We will prep, cook and enjoy the "fruits of our labor!"

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