TBElle Instructors

Temple Beth Elohim Lifelong Learning Experience

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






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.





Speaking and Listening: Celebrating the Power and Pleasures of Storytelling

Ellen is a licensed clinical social worker whose work has focused on helping people build and expand their families.  She is also a writer with a special interest in helping people tell their stories.  She has been a member of TBE since 2006.








Mystery Women of the Bible

Debra had early ties to our area as a graduate of Wellesley College. She has practiced law (advertising/marketing/intellectual property) in NYC for over 40 years. After several years of leadership roles at her former synagogue in Larchmont, NY, Debra took a "sabbatical" from her law practice in 2002 to go to rabbinical school at HUC-JIR, and was ordained in 2007. She now practices as both a rabbi and a lawyer. She moved to the Boston area from NYC two years ago to be closer to her grandchildren (and daughter & son-in-law!) in Newton. 





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.




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