Classes and Programs

Choose a category of interest and click below to learn of the available opportunities you can participate in.

Should you have any questions, or would like to register for classes or programs, please contact Lynn Burke  (781) 235-8419 x211.

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Israel

It's our heritage, and there is so much to study, learn, and stay connected with. Classes and programs pertain to Israeli history, traditions, language, text study, current events and people. Programs are led by our clergy and congregation members, as well as outside instructors with deep expertise and knowledge of our homeland - past and present.


Israel Current Events Program (ICEP)

Speakers: Varies

Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Dates: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 27, Mar 17, Apr 28

The Israel Current Events Program (ICEP) is a discussion group in which we learn, examine, and explore important aspects of Israeli current events and how they impact Israel today.  An invited speaker with share his/her expertise on a specific topic, usually Israeli, followed by Q&A and group discussion. Topics are chosen based on timely and pressing issues facing Israel. Email Robin Goldenson or Paul Zorfass with questions. No registration is required - just drop in! Program duration is designed for an exciting and provocative one hour with occasional spill-over.

As always Q&A follows.


Beginner Hebrew

Instructor: Sigalit Davis

Day and Time: Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:45 am

Class Fee: TBD

Dates: Oct 14, 21 & 28, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2, 9 & 16, Jan 6, 13 & 27, Feb 3 & 10, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7 & 28

Spiff up your Hebrew this fall by learning Modern Spoken Hebrew with a synagogue flair! Learn the foundations of reading and take it along to services and holiday celebrations here or in Israel. Learn to speak write and listen to Modern Hebrew today and have fun getting to know more members of our community. Traveled to Israel this summer? - this is a fun way to continue the journey. For adiitional information or questions contact Sigalit Davis [email protected].

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Advanced Hebrew

Instructor: Sigalit Davis

Day and Time: Sundays, 11:00 am-12:45 pm

Class Fee: TBD

Dates: Oct 14, 21 & 28, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2, 9 & 16, Jan 6, 13 & 27, Feb 3 & 10, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7 & 28

Having been together for several years, this group continues the journey in speaking, reading, writing and singing Hebrew. If you have Hebrew knowledge, come join us! For additional information or questions contact Sigalit Davis [email protected].

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Peoplehood and Our Connection to Israel: A Shabbat Reflection

Instructors: Alison Kur, Rabbi Philip Sherman, Rabbi Gabby Dagan, Rabbi Na'ama Dafni-Kellen

Day and Time: Saturday, 1:00-5:00 pm

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates:  Fall:  Nov 3

A Shabbat Reflection to deepen our bonds and understanding with our sister community in Haifa. Join us as we engage in dialogue with our friends and colleagues congregation Ohel Avraham. Together, we will explore peoplehood, religious pluralism and Ahavat Yisrael (love of Israel).

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Modern Israel:  A History and Conversation

Instructor: Rabbi Bob Orkand

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 am

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates:  Fall:  Nov 20 & 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18  

This course will explore the history of Israel from the Yom Kippur War of 1973, including the various attempts at peace and present day social and religious issues. There will also be opportunities for group conversation about what it means to be a supporter of the Jewish state today. All are welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. Readings will be provided.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Modern Israel:  A History and Conversation

Instructor: Rabbi Bob Orkand

Day and Time: Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates:  Mar 28, Apr 4, 18 & 25, May 2 & 9 

This course will explore the history of Israel from the Yom Kippur War of 1973, including the various attempts at peace and present day social and religious issues. There will also be opportunities for group conversation about what it means to be a supporter of the Jewish state today. All are welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. Readings will be provided.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


 

 

 

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Maintaining Hope in the Face of Reatlity (how to deal with problems you know you can’t solve)

Instructor: Rabbi Alan Ullman

Day and Time: Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Fall Session Only: $125 / Spring Session Only: $125 / Both Sessions: $225

Dates: Fall: Sep 6, Oct 11, Nov 1, Dec 6, Dec 20 / Spring: Jan 10 & 24, Feb 7 & 28, Mar 14

As Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav taught, hope is one of the great spiritual virtues. We know there is much that is tragic and difficult in our lives and in our world. We often confront situations with no clear solutions, and sometimes with no possible solutions at all. Our experience of reality can cause us to feel hopeless, or to conclude that our hope may be simply false or illusory. In these study sessions, we will delve into the collected wisdom of our tradition to explore ways that we might deal with these situations. We will seek ways to connect with hope, faith and acceptance in our lives today.  

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Me'ah Select: Let Justice Roll Down Like a Mighty Stream: The Prophetic Charge in the Twelve Minor Prophets

Instructor: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am

Class Fee:  $300  Click HERE to register through Hebrew College 

Dates: Oct 17, 24, & 31, Nov 7, 14, & 28, Dec 5, 12, & 19, Jan 9

As Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav taught, hope is one of the great spiritual virtues. We know there is much that is tragic and difficult in our lives and in our world. We often confront situations with no clear solutions, and sometimes with no possible solutions at all. Our experience of reality can cause us to feel hopeless, or to conclude that our hope may be simply false or illusory. In these study sessions, we will delve into the collected wisdom of our tradition to explore ways that we might deal with these situations. We will seek ways to connect with hope, faith and acceptance in our lives today.  

Click HERE to register through Hebrew College


Me'ah Select: The Making (and Breaking) of a King (Studies in the Books of Samuel)

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Andelman

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am

Class Fee:  $280  Click HERE to register through Hebrew College 

Dates: Feb 6, 13 & 27, Mar 6, 13 & 27, Apr 3 & 10, May 1, 8, 15 & 22

A great warrior, known as Israel’s greatest poet, the king chosen by God who commits adultery and murder, King David is one of the most complex figures to emerge from the Bible. This course explores David as both a historical figure and mythical character. Why does the story of David earn its reputation as one of the great masterpieces of world literature?
And how did the highly flawed king at its center become the idealized figure celebrated as the author of the Psalms and the ancestor of the messiah? In seeking answers to these questions, we will address several larger issues: the nature of the Bible as a literary work of art; the shifting political and religious roles of prophet, judge, priest, and king over Books of Samuel; and the meanings projected onto the Bible by later poets, artists, and novelists.  

Click HERE to register through Hebrew College


 

 

 

 

Spiritual Practice

 

Breathe. Relax. Focus.  The opportunities provided below will help guide you towards inner peace and understanding.  


The Practice of Living an Ethical Life: Tikkun Middot

Instructors: Alison Kur and Terry Rosenberg

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Dates: Oct 10, Nov 7 & 28, Dec 12, Jan 9 & 23, Feb 6 & 27, Mar 13 & 27

Description:  Why is it so difficult to live the loving lives we aspire towards? How can we become wiser and more responsive instead of triggered and reactive? Tikkun Middot is a practice of cultivating certain desirable middot, or qualities, such as generosity, patience, trust and courage. It is grounded in traditional Jewish teachings and contemporary Jewish mindfulness practices to help us to work towards personal transformation within a community of fellow travelers. Using text study, mindfulness practices, 1:1 check-ins and group discussion, we will work to bring greater awareness to how we practice certain middot in our lives and develop new ways to compassionately use these middot to be in greater alignment with the commandment from the book of Leviticus – “Kedoshimt’hiyu …You shall be holy.” Lev. 19:2

Learn More: Alison Kur [email protected] or Terry Rosenberg [email protected].

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Spiritual Prayer Practice

Instructor: Rabbi Philip Sherman

Day and Time: Mondays, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Dates: Oct 15 & 29, Nov 19, Dec 3 & 17, Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11, Mar 4 & 18

Description:  Join us as we explore Jewish liturgy through different spiritual forms and modalities. Throughout the year we will dive into our liturgy to lift up new meaning and practice. We will explore numerous traditional and alternative prayer practices, discover our own preferences and abilities, crafting a relationship to Jewish prayer as individuals and as members of the community.​ Throughout the course we will welcome Resident Artist, Hannah (Richman) Kearney, to help us explore prayer and spirituality through different artistic forms. No prior experience with prayer or Hebrew necessary.

**Our spiritual practice courses are designed to complement one another. For an immersive spiritual experience consider joining both courses. Learn More: Rabbi Philip Sherman [email protected].

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Drum Circle

Instructor: Noam Sender

Day and Time: Mondays, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Class Fee:  $160 per session

Dates: Fall Session: Oct 15, 22 & 29, Nov 5, 19 & 26  /  Spring Session: Apr 22 & 29, Jun 3, 10, 17 & 24

Description:  Join us for an exciting joyful drum circle beginning this fall with our own Friday night service drummer, Noam Sender. A drum circle is a centuries-old tradition and is a delightful and powerful way to bring people together through a shared love of music. We will be seated together in a circle playing accessible, beautiful and captivating rhythms from around the world. The drumming will be enhanced with familiar chants and with call and response melodies. We will learn to center ourselves, relax and have fun, while building a deep sense of community and sharing a beautiful and collective voice. No prior experience required. Drums will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own if you like.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts & Culture

We are able to connect to our Jewish culture in many ways.  It could be through a Jewish cooking class, a community-wide art project, a TBE club, an evening of special music, or a specific cultural event. Find opportunities to immerse yourself in our heritage while building community with others who share your passions.


Cooking: Jewish Gatherings

Instructor: Robin Kalis

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am and Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm (This is the same class, but one is offered during the day and, for the first time at TBE, one is offered in the evening.)

Class Fee: One Class: $35 / All seven classes: $215 ($30 savings)

Dates:  Wednesdays: Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 14, Jan 16, Mar 20, Apr 10, May 15  /  Thursdays: Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 15, Jan 17, Mar 21, Apr 11, May 16

This year we will be making recipes inspired by the Jewish & Seasonal calendar meant for all Jewish holidays and gatherings. Whether preparing a casual Shabbat dinner for your family or large Yom Kippur Break-Fast for your friends and relatives, we will create the perfect menu for each occasion. Each class will focus on bringing family and friends together through recipes that I have gathered and served over the years and new ones that I am excited to share.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Hot Topics

Instructor:  Rabbi Joel Sisenwine

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Class Fee:  Free

Dates:  Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 3

How does Jewish wisdom inform us on grappling with contemporary issues?  Abortion? Immigration? Capital Punishment?  Join Rabbi Joel Sisenwine in exploring Judaism's ancient wisdom in addressing contemporary concerns.  All are welcome.

To register for this class, please contact Lynn Burke / (781) 235-8419 x211.


Book Club

Book worms gather the last Wednesday evening of each month from 7:30-9:00 in the Beit Midrash. Reading selections are determined a month or two ahead of meeting times. All are welcome to participate. 

For more information, contact Helene KressTrina Reinach, or Ronni Michaelson.


2018-2019 SERIES

September 26

The Genizah of the House of Shepher by Tamara Yellin

A scholar, returning to her family home in Jerusalem becomes embroiled in a family dispute over a discovered Codex, brought home originally her great-great grandfather. Set against the backdrop of a hundred and thirty years of change, this is a novel of exile and belonging, displacement and the quest for both love and a true promised land.


October 31

The Coffee Trader by David Liss

In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day.

Remaining Book Club dates for 2018-2019 (Titles to be determined)

Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 29, Jun 26


Music Club

Music lovers unite 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.  Prior to each meeting we listen to one or more works of a composer or performer and read about that composer or genre of music. Come join us!

For additional information please contact Art Gerstenfeld or (617) 852-5748.


2018-2019 SERIES, Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 (with the exception of one Wednesday, October 24)

 

Opera, Music and Discussion led by Heidi Vernon 

Tuesday, September 25

We are going to take a lightening tour through opera with great thanks to Don Drourr and his expert graphics.  We will visit early opera characterized by countertenor performance, then a walking tour of the Verona, Italy Roman amphitheater and its opera.  Finally, we bask in the sound of Pavarotti in the 4th act of La Boheme.

To join this presentation, please contact Art Gerstenfeld

 


2018-2019 Schedule (topics and leaders to be announced as dates get closer)

Wednesday, October 24

Tuesday, November 20

Tuesday, December 18

Tuesday, January 22

Tuesday, February 26

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 23

Tuesday, May 28


 


For questions, or help with registration, contact Lynn Burke, (781) 235-8419 x211.