TBElle Instructors

Temple Beth Elohim Lifelong Learning Experience

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




Independent Travel, Comfortable and Reasonable

Alan and Judy were both teachers during their working life. In retirement, they have done volunteer work, primarily in resettlement of Russian refugees and in board positions in the Jewish community. They have been members of TBE since 2001 and are former chairs of the Adult Learning Committee. Since they have been retired, they have enjoyed traveling extensively, largely on our own.






4 Artists, 4 Media, 5 Weeks

Elizabeth is a self-taught studio ceramic artist living and working in Wellesley. She works with porcelain, making sculptural and functional pieces. Some of her influences are the natural world and historical Asian ceramics. Her class will be a discussion of artistic inspiration, method/process and a discussion of art and fear.








Jews on Broadway (and perhaps a Gentile or two)

Don graduated from BU School of Fine Arts with a degree in music education. He taught in Newton schools and has directed numerous musicals. Don left teaching for business and spent most of his career in the chemical industry, with a few diversions into broadcasting and advertising specialties.  Through it all, he devoured each new musical that opened on Broadway by either seeing them or listening to the cast albums, of which he have close to 200. Don follows several Broadway web sites and blogs to keep up with what's current. He travels to New York regularly to see shows, as well as seeing many Boston productions.  He simply has a love for the Broadway Musical and has accumulated much knowledge over the years. Don looks forward to sharing his passion with other lovers of the medium or those who would just like to learn more about it.




A New Musical Journey around the World

Art received his Ph.D. from MIT and has been a professor for most of his working career. He has taught at both Boston University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  While most of his teaching has been in the area of industrial engineering and management, he most recently gave a course at WPI on music technology.  He has also given a course on “A Musical Journey” at the Newton Public Library using music as an ESL learning tool.  When Art was in high school he played the clarinet and saxophone, played in the school orchestra and had his own band. His passion for music has not diminished with the years and has in fact grown.




A Brief History of Israel:  From Peace with Egypt to the Present Day

Bob is a retired rabbi who recently moved to Natick with his wife, Joyce. His most recent pulpit was Temple Israel in Westport, CT, which he served for 31 years. He is the immediate past-President of ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) and chaired or served on numerous boards and commissions, both local and national.







“Growing” Older (with a Little Help from Our Friends)

Suzanne is an educational psychologist.  She has extensive experience as a teacher, professor, dean and provost.  Throughout her career she has applied principles of human development and learning to educational reform and transformation, socio-emotional development and social justice issues.






Global Perspectives on Water and Environmental Management 

Myron received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from MIT, where he served on the Civil Engineering faculty early in his career. For over thirty years Dr. Rosenberg worked with the international environmental engineering firm Camp Dresser & Mckee (CDM), now CDM Smith, and retired as a Senior Vice President in 2010.  During his career, he participated in, and managed, dozens of major water resources projects throughout the US, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe.  Dr. Rosenberg has presented at technical conferences and meetings; published many technical papers; and is co-author of a book on underground storage tank management. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Green Newton, a local grass-roots pro-environment community group.


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