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 a classes or program, contact Lynn Burke, 781.235.8419 x211.

Israel Text  Spiritual Practice

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Israel

It's our heritage, and there is so much to study, learn, and stay connected with. Classes and programs focus on 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:  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:  May 12 - Final Class

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 END DATE! Apr 4, 18 (25th cancelled), May 2, 9, 16 & 23

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 (CLASS CANCELLED FOR APRIL 23), 9:00-9:45   PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS WILL BE HELD 9:30-10:15 ON TUESDAY, MARCH 30.

Class Fee: No Fee

Dates: On-going

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!


 

 

 

 

 

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

Final Morning Date: Apr 10

Final Evening Date: Apr 11

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.


Drum Circle

Instructor: Noam Sender

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

Class Fee:  $175 

Dates:  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.


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:  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.


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

 

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.

 

 

 

May 29, 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

 

 

 

 

 


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 1:30-3:00


Tuesday, April 23

AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC led by Barbara Scolnick

Image result for american folk musicWhat has happened to American Folk Music and who is singing it? Some history, some observations and some samples, with a little Jewish. Please view for background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvz6dcq80oU.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 28

FROM THE TOP, led by Gerald Slavet, CEO/Executive Producer at From the Top

Great art has been a part of every community since the beginning of history. And every community deserves to have great art. As some  of you may know, I co-created and co-ran From the Top, a national weekly NPR radio show celebrating great music in the hands of great kids.  

There always has been a controversy about what makes music great and do some genres of music express greater art than others.  The great Duke Ellington famously said there are two kinds of music: good music, and the other kind.  We will explore this topic as well as what leads some kids to excel at music.  And we will watch some wonderful videos featuring kids that will surprise you and delight you.

 

Listen to a few of these very talented chilren.


 

 

 

 

 

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The Resonance of Passover - Learn with Our Sister Congregation in Haifa
Sunday, April 28th at 12:30 pm, immediately following the ICEP Program
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As we move past Passover, how can its teachings stay with the rest of the year? Come learn alongside our Haifa friends as clergy from TBE and Ohel Avraham guide us in exploring texts that have deep impact in our daily lives in both Israel and the U.S. long after the last matzah is eaten.

Space is limited! RSVP to Lynn Burke at [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Should you have any questions, please be in contact with either Seth Stier [email protected] or Danny Navisky [email protected].


Film Screening: Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm 

Deep in the archive, six hours of interview was discovered of David Ben-Gurion. He is 82 years, old, he lives in the desert, removed from all political discourse, which allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise.  Ben-Gurion's clear voice provides a surprising vision for the future of Israel.

Join us for a showing of this newly discovered 1968 interview footage of David Ben-Gurion where reveals his prophecy, his dedication to Zionism, and a life filled with self-examination.

Learn more: Rabbi Sherman, [email protected]

RSVP: Lynn Burke, [email protected]

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Independence and Memorial Days in Israel and the U.S. - How do we commemorate? How does collective memory inform our identity?

Sunday, May 19, 12:00 pm

Join us as we explore how these respective national holidays are celebrated both in Israel and in the U.S. How do Israeli holidays resonate with us in the American Jewish community? We will engage in a lively cross-cultural exchange about the similarities, and differences, in how we approach these solemn occasions.         

Space is limited! RSVP to Lynn Burke at [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x211.

Should you have any questions, please be in contact with either Seth Stier[email protected] or Danny Navisky [email protected].


Adult B'nei Mitzvah Celebration
Sunday, June 9, 10:00-11:30 am

Join us to recognize and celebrate the following individuals for their completion of our Adult B'nei Mitzvah program: Christine Breslin, Ziva Larson, Barbara Marx, Jay Prosnitz, Laura Simonds & Jacqui Weiner.           

Learn more: Rabbi Philip Sherman, r[email protected]