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:  No Fee

Dates:  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.

For additional information, and speaker line-up, click HERE.


Advanced Hebrew

Instructor: Sigalit Davis

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

Class Fee: TBD

Dates:  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.


Modern Israel:  A History and Conversation

Instructor: Rabbi Bob Orkand

Day and Time: Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates:  NEW START and END DATES! Apr 4, 18 & 25, May 2, 9 & 16   

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is a repeat of the one held in the fall.


 

 

 

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Adult Talmud Study/Daf Yomi Study Group

Instructors: Rabbi Philip Sherman and Rabbi Carol Mitchell

Day and Time: Tuesday mornings, 9:00-9:45 

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26

Daf Yomi is a daily practice  of reading and discussing a page of Talmud a day.  A complete cycle takes 7 years! We'll begin by meeting once weekly on Tuesday mornings.

If you are interested in learning with us or have questions, please contact Rabbi Philip Sherman ([email protected]) or Rabbi Carol Mitchell ([email protected]).  All are welcome!


Maintaining Hope in the Face of Reality (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:  Spring Session $125

Dates:  Jan 31, Feb 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: The Making and Breaking of the King: a Study of King David

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 is the story of David considered one of the great masterpieces of world literature?

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?

To answer, 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 the 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, 9:15-11:15 am OR 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - CLASSES ARE FULL!

Class Fee:  No Fee

Morning Dates: Oct 17, Nov 7 & 28, Dec 12, Jan 9 & 23, Feb 6 & 27, Mar 13 & 27

Evening 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 the morning 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:  No Fee

Dates:  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:  $175 

Dates:  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.


Bring in the Light of Shabbat

Instructors: Rabbi Joel Sisenwine and Rabbi Philip Sherman

Day and Time: Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm

Class Fee:  No Fee

Dates:  Feb 1, Apr 5

Description:  

Join Rabbis Sisenwine and Sherman as we prepare to enter Shabbat by opening our spiritual selves to the wisdom of tradition, song, and  conversation.

All are welcome.


Yoga

Instructor: Jeannie GoldstoneJeannie Goldstone

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am

Class Fee:  $120 for a 10 session package for members, $150 for non-members. Package may be used over a 14 week period.

Dates: Wednesdays, beginning October 3

We welcome our new Yoga instructor, Jeannie Goldstone. Jeannie has been practicing yoga for twenty years and loves sharing the practice with others.  She teaches an alignment-based, meditative yoga flow, in which she strives to make each of her students feel welcome, safe, and comfortable in her classes and in their bodies.  

For more information, please contact Carolyn Kohlman at [email protected]


 

 

 

 

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 

Class Fee: One Class: $35 

Dates:  Mar 20, Apr 10, May 15

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: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Class Fee:  No fee

Dates:  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.


Amichai Poetry

Instructor:  Rabbi Alan Ullman

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Class Fee:  $90

Dates:  Apr 25, May 2, 16 & 30

Together, we will explore poems of the interplay between the scared eternal and the sacred present. 

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

 

Feburary 27, 2019

A Bride For One Night, Ruth Calderon

Calderon rewrites talmudic tales as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters as the woman who risks her life for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a wife who dresses as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband in their garden.  Breathing new life into an ancient text, A Bride for One Night offers a surprising and provocative read, both for anyone already intimate with the Talmud or for anyone interested in one of the most influential works of Jewish literature.

 
 
 

March 27, 2019

My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner, Meir Shalev

The fate of Tonia’s “svieeperrr”—hidden away for decades in a spotless closed-off bathroom after its initial use—is a family mystery that Shalev determines to solve. The result, in this cheerful translation by Evan Fallenberg, is pure delight, as Shalev brings to life the obsessive but loving Tonia, the pioneers who gave his childhood its spirit of wonder, and the grit and humor of people building ever-new lives.

 
 
 

 

April 24, 2019

Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss

Jules Epstein, a wealthy retiree, goes missing in Tel Aviv to the distress of his three children. Prior to his disappearance triggered perhaps by the death of his parents, and his divorce from his wife, Epstein had been in the process of giving away both his money and his earthly possessions.

Meanwhile, in New York City, novelist Nicole is living a crisis herself as she is aware that her marriage is failing but cannot find it within herself to work on saving it. After hearing a program on the radio in which a physicist explains the concept of the multiverse Nicole begins to wonder if all life is not dreamed up from one location, believing that her location could be the Hilton Tel Aviv where she and her family have visited frequently. After her father's cousin tells her of a man who died there, Nicole abruptly makes the decision to go the hotel herself as research for a new novel.

 

 

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

May 29

June 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.

 

TBE Music Club launches Sharim a New Group to Sing at Senior Living Centers

If you love to sing and would like to bring fun and joy  to senior living center residents, this group is for you. We will be providing spirited entertainment to seniors in Metro West on Sundays once a month. Accompanied by a piano or guitar, we will sing favorite songs from long ago, show tunes, folk songs and other popular music that will resonate with the senior residents.

The musical director will be Nick Page. Some facts about Nick:

Boston based composer, conductor and author who is best known for his song leading. In the 1980's he was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir.  Since 1990, he has led Boston’s Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the word including at three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland). His choral works have premiered everywhere from Lincoln Center to local venues.  He is the author of three books and has more than two hundred published choral pieces.

Learn more: Peter Marx, [email protected] or Art Gerstenfeld, [email protected]


2018-2019 SERIES, Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 (with the exception of Wednesday, October 24 & Wednesday, March 27)


Tuesday, February 26

THE HISTORY AND SOUNDS OF THE TRUMPET led by Don Drourr

We will look at the history of the trumpet as well as see and hear the sounds of the trumpet, bugle and shofar and how they are alike.  We’ll also examine the trumpet’s place in the brass section of the orchestra and hear selections from the classical, semi-classical and pop/jazz repertoire, and pay particular attention to Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E Flat. We may even hear a live performance of same, with full orchestral accompaniment from one of the worlds most accomplished trumpet artists: ME (If I can get my lip back in shape by then).  And finally we’ll look at some of the other great trumpet players of the past and present. So start practicing your double and triple tonguing and join us!

 

 


Wednesday, March 27

WHAT IS THE BLUES led by Gloria Rose

Gloria will present music from singers like B.B. King, Etta James, Ma Rainey, and others.  The session will definitely end on a happy note!

 

 

 

 

 

REMAINING MUSIC CLUB DATES:

Tuesday, April 23

Tuesday, May 28


 

 

 

 

 

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TBE 101

Rabbi Sisenwine & Cantor Zell

Learn with Rabbi Sisenwine about the history, priorities and vision of TBE (February 25). Join Cantor Zell to learn about the Music of TBE (March 6).

Dates: Tuesday, Monday, February 25 and Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm

Learn more & RSVP: Susan Karon, [email protected]


TBElle 5th Year Anniversary Services & Shabbat Dinner Friday, March 29, 6:00 pm

Our congregant led TBElle program is celebrating five years of community learning!  Join us as we reminisce over the past five years and honor those who have participated to make this a favorite TBE program.  RSVP

Questions: Lynn Burke, [email protected]