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 14, Nov 2 (special Friday evening edition), 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.

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


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 in the 21st Century- Creating the reality: A Shabbat Reflection with the Rabbis and members of Congregation Ohel Avraham in Haifa

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

Date:  Nov 3

The idea of peoplehood is complicated. It is described as a sense of belonging, as being part of an extended family with a purpose. But, what does it really mean to be part of a people in a way that goes beyond our connection to holidays and rituals? Who is our extended family?  How do we define our shared purpose? We have begun a relationship with a vibrant, growing Reform congregation, Ohel Avraham, in Haifa to begin to explore these questions and establish steps we can take together to take the distant idea of peoplehood and make it into a concrete plan that we can act on together. 

In this Shabbat Reflection with Rabbis Gabby Dagan and Na’ama Dafni-Kellen and members of Congregation Ohel Avraham, we will explore big questions about our complicated relationship with Israel and their complicated relationship with Jews of the diaspora. Help us lift up the shared concerns we have for demonstrating our love of Israel even when we are challenged by its policies and for supporting the spiritual growth of Reform Jews in the land of Israel and our connection as Reform Jews to the land of Israel. 

Join us for this unique Shabbat Reflection in conversation with members of our sister congregation in Haifa. Through shared study and an open exchange of ideas, we will explore these complex issues of peoplehood, religious pluralism, and our connection to Israel and will develop concrete actions to take together to establish a 21st century peoplehood that strengthens Ohel Avraham and Reform Judaism in Israel and enriches our community and its connection to Israel.

To register for this conversation, 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.

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


 

 

 

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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:  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

The roar of Amos. The cry of Joel. The whine of Jonah. The plea of Micah. Have you heard the voice of God raging in the Prophets’ words? The classical prophets of Israel represent some of the most radical, dramatic, passionate, poetic, and powerful messages that our tradition offers.

Over the course of 10 sessions, we will study essential passages from “Twelve Minor Prophets,” the book of the Hebrew Bible that brings together 12 distinct prophetic voices that are only minor in the sense that each one’s literary legacy is but few chapters. Small books with big voices.

Our sessions will be interactive, text-based studies with an eye to both literary medium and moral message. Please bring a Hebrew-English Tanakh. 

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.  


JUST ADDED!   Due to overwhelming response to the evening class, we have added a Wednesday  morning class from 9:15-11:15, beginning October 17th.  SIGN UP NOW!

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 - EVENING CLASS IS FULL!

Class Fee:  No Fee

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

Morning Dates: Oct 17, 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: Oct 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 (fall and/or spring)

Dates:  Fall: Oct 15, 22 & 29, Nov 5, 19 & 26  /  Spring: 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:  Fall: Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 7, Jan 11, 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 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:  No fee

Dates:  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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

November 28

Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

New York Times bestseller

"A profound and original book, the work of a gifted thinker."--Daphne Merkin, The Wall Street Journal

Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.

 

 

 

December 26  - The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish

January 30, 2019 - A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

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

Feburary 27

March 27

April 24

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.


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

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

Wednesday, October 24 - led by Marty Sleeper, Was it Rock and Roll or Pop?  Folk Music in America in the 1950's and early 60's.

Tuesday, November 20

Tuesday, December 18

Tuesday, January 22

Tuesday, February 26

Wednesday, March 27

Tuesday, April 23

Tuesday, May 28


 

 

 

 

 

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