Temple Beth Elohim Lifelong Learning Experience

 Get yourself a teacher and find yourself a friend.  -Pirke Avot 1.6    

Different from anything else currently offered at the temple, classes are led by fellow congregants who are willing to share their knowledge and interests in a relaxed, fun learning experience. There are limited spaces within each class, so please sign up ASAP! Classes begin at 10:00 am or 12:45 pm and last for an hour and fifteen minutes. Between sessions there will be a "lunch and learn" speaker from 11:30-12:30 (click here to view the list of lunchtime speakers). Come for the morning class and stay for lunch (please bring your lunch); come for lunch and stay for the afternoon class; or come for all! There is no charge to attend and all are welcome. 

For additional information, or to REGISTER for TBElle classes, please be in touch with Lynn Burke [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x211.


DUE TO THE SNOW DAY ON MARCH 13, THIS SPRING SESSION WILL BE EXTENDED TO APRIL 17.  Please note that the Geneaology class will end on April 10.


MORNING SESSION (10:00-11:15)


Participation in the first semester course IS NOT NECESSARY for this second semester course.                                          

This course focuses on the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, and is a continuation of the Fall semester class.     

Genesis is an extremely rich text that can be approached from a variety of perspectives, including literary, historical, theological, and archaeological. Most of the stories in Genesis are very familiar, but many crucial issues in the study of the book are less familiar to general audiences.

This class will approach the text as a piece of literature, highlighting the many literary devices and techniques employed by the ancient author(s) of the book. In the process, we will learn that literature played a central role in the life of ancient Israel.

This semester we will look at the literary structure of Genesis, as well as the idea of Covenant, the Abraham story, finding a bride for Isaac, Jacob and Esau and Joseph and his brothers. 

There is a lot of exciting material in Genesis to discuss.  Come be part of the conversation!



You don't have to be a celebrity to have an interesting family!  Learn how to find your ancestors and tell their stories. This is a 5-part workshop presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB). Learn how to use JewishGen.org, the largest resource for Jewish genealogy, other online sources, local repositories, and through a case study learn how to combine and use resources to find your ancestors.  The fourth and fifth sessions, led by Carol Clingan, will provide individual one-on-one help in applying what you have learned.  Participants are urged to bring laptops for hands-on research. 

 FIVE SESSIONS ONLY!  This class will not meet the final day of TBElle, April 10.


AFTERNOON SESSION (12:45 - 2:00)


JEWS ON BROADWAY, ACT III PRESENTS: Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Broadway with Don Drourr

We will concentrate on the four classics, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King & I, going into details about each masterpiece and its effect on the future of the Broadway Musical.  We’ll see complete scenes from each show and see many of the classic musical numbers that paved the way for greatness and etched their way into our souls; and they are still as fresh and relevant as they were 60 years ago, and that’s quite an accomplishment.  We’ll also look at the structural similarities in each show and talk about both Rodgers AND Hammerstein and their remarkable careers before they first collaborated in 1942.  Please be prepared to stay an extra 15 minutes, as the courses will run about an hour and a half each. I look forward to seeing old friends and new ones as we take this wonderful musical journey with two of the greatest innovators and masters of the Broadway stage.



The following two classes are led by Jeff Zupan and are held indepent of one another.  You would need to register for each class individually, or just one of the two. NOTE THE SEPARATE DATES OF EACH OF THE TWO CLASSES.
TRANSPORTATION 101: Trains, Planes and Driverless Cars with Jeff Zupan (March 6, (13 cancelled due to snow), 20 & 27)

We all need to get around and it is not always easy. Everyone complains about traffic congestion and the MBTA. Why are they both so bad and what can be done about them? Does the future hold any hope?  Or will it only get worse? Join transportation planner Jeff Zupan as he discusses it all and only guarantees that he will not have all the answers.  Who does?



BIRDS: Why I Watch Them and Why You May Want to Too with Jeff Zupan (April 3, 10 & 17)

Birder Jeff Zupan takes us for an enthusiastic jaunt into the bird world of 10,000 species, many found locally from rock dove (pigeon) to harlequin duck. Learn about how to find and identify them and experience this fascinating hobby vicariously (and perhaps not so vicariously).



CANASTA Drop-In with Bunny Cohen, Coordinator

Held most Tuesday afternoons throughout the year between 12:30-2:30 upstairs in rooms 214 & 215.  Please let Bunny know if you will be participating on any Tuesday.  [email protected]






Please be in touch with Lynn Burke [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x211.

LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open to the TBE community, reservations are not required. The program runs from 11:30-12:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch and join us in the Beit Midrash!


March 6: Judy Cannon, Looking Behind the Curtain  

March 13: Beth Tishler, New Realities of Aging

March 20: Nan Langowitz, Multi-generational Family-ness: Adventures in Small Group Living  

March 27: Shep Cohen & Lloyd Tarlin, MD, Protecting & Promoting Your Health

April 3: Lon Povich, Governor Baker’s Chief Legal Counsel, Inside the Baker Administration, Why State Government Actually Works   

April 10: Susan Gerstenfeld, Point of View: A Look at Jews in Russian and Azerbaijan Today

Contact Lynn Burke (781) 235-8419 x211 with questions or for additional information.