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TBElle Music Club

TBE Book Club

Lunch & Learn


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)  
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 CLARINET with facilitators Art Gerstenfeld and Richie Stellar

Time: 1:30-3:00 pm

Fee:  Free 

Date: Tuesday, January 16


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

TBE Book Club

Chairs: Helene Kress, Trina Reinach & Ronni Michaelson

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

2017-2018 Dates: 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], Trina Reinach, [email protected] or Ronni Michaelson [email protected].


January 31

Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef & Ron Bracken

This non-fiction is a gripping account of terror, betrayal, political intrigue, and unthinkable choices.






February 28 - CANCELLED


March 28

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

In this fiction, a Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country, but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards.






April 25

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

This historical fiction has a mesmerizing plot, elegant images, and a remarkable heroine who will remain with you long after the last page.

THIS NOVEL IS LONG (400+ pages) - start early!




Lunch & Learn

Instructor: Different Speaker Each Session, please see list below

Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Spring 2018 Dates: Mar 6, 13, 20 & 27, Apr 3 & 10

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!

MARCH 6 - Judy Cannon, Looking Behind the Curtain 

MARCH 13 - Beth Tishler, New Realities of Aging

MARCH 20 - Nan Langowitz, TBD 

MARCH 27 - Shep Cohen & Lloyd Tarlin, Protecting & Promoting Your Health

APRIL 3 - Lon Povic, Governor Baker’s Chief Legal Counsel, Inside the Baker Administration, Why State Government Actually Works 

APRIL 10 - Susan Gerstenfeld, TBD

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