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ADULT LEARNING

Center for Jewish Learning

“Get yourself a teacher and find yourself a friend.”

~ Pirke Avot 1:6

Follow your path to shalom

Connect to community through Jewish learning

Text Study

Engage with Jewish texts and wisdom, from Torah and Talmud to teachings from contemporary scholars.

Spiritual Practice

Opportunities to cultivate our practices in meditation, yoga, mindfulness, prayer, and more.

Israel

Study history, current events, and Hebrew, hear from experts, connect with Israelis, and travel as a community.

Jewish Wisdom

Applying Jewish teachings to our parenting, leadership, civil discourse, social justice, and more.

Holidays

Come together to discover the traditions, teachings, and history of our holidays, from Shabbat to Shavuot.

Arts & Culture

Embrace Jewish culture through classes and programs in cooking, art, film, literature, and music.

Registration

To register for classes, click on the purple bar located beneath the date and time of the event. Complete the registration information. For online programs, you will immediately receive a unique Zoom access link to the class. Be sure to keep this link as it is your entry to all sessions for the class.

Explore classes by teacher

Meet our faculty

Get to know our outstanding teachers and see which courses they are teaching this semester.

Ryan Leszner

Ryan is our Rabbinic Intern at TBE and a third-year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew College. Previously, Ryan served as the Life-Long Learning Intern at Temple Ohabei Shalom, and as the Educator for the Riverway Project. One of his passions is providing educational musical experiences that help connect to Jewish concepts and traditions.

Rabbi Philip Sherman

Rabbi Philip Sherman came to Temple Beth Elohim in 2013. He holds a B.A. from Indiana University, and also studied at Charles University in Prague. He was ordained in June 2013 at Hebrew College in Newton, Ma., where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. At TBE Rabbi Sherman enjoys engaging the adult community in Jewish living and learning, teaching classes, finding meaningful prayer opportunities, singing and leading prayer with our Yaldeinu (families with young children) community, and exploring different spiritual practices our tradition has to offer.

Learn with Rabbi Sherman: Engaging in Civil Discourse Guided by Jewish Wisdom

Alison Kur

Alison Kur, Temple Beth Elohim’s Executive Director, Jewish Living & Learning, oversees Jewish programming at TBE that connects members of all ages — children, youth and adults — to Jewish history, traditions and values. In 2014, Alison received the prestigious Covenant Foundation Award for excellence and innovation in Jewish education.

Learn with Alison: Engaging in Civil Discourse Guided by Jewish Wisdom, Tikkun Middot

Uri Feinberg

Uri Feinberg has been a Jewish educator for 25 years. A licensed tour guide since 1999, Uri has worked as a tour educator for a wide range of groups, including TBE! Uri’s experience has been driven by a clear desire to share the power of the Land and State of Israel, to strengthen Jewish identity and a connection with the Jewish People.

Rabbi Bob Orkand

Rabbi Bob Orkand retired from the pulpit rabbinate in 2013 and moved with his wife, Joyce, to Natick to be near their son and his family. He has taught classes for TBElle and at a number of other adult learning programs in the Boston area.

Learn with Rabbi Orkand: TBElle: The History of The Jews in America

Rabbi Carol Mitchell

Learn with Rabbi Mitchell: Daf Yomi Adult Talmud Study

Alisa Ente

Learn with Alisa: Tuesday Morning Torah Study

Cantor Shanna Zell

Cantor Zell received her ordination from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music (HUC-JIR) in May 2017. She was a Be Wise Fellow, working with the institution and classmates to digitize the Sacred Music Press. From 2014-2016 Shanna served as a UJA Federation PENS fellow, meeting monthly with other fellows to explore issues facing local and global Jewish communities as well as innovating for a bright Jewish future.
Learn with Cantor Zell: Adult B’Mitzvah

Rabbi Joel Sisenwine

Rabbi Sisenwine has distinguished himself as a leading voice in the local and national Jewish community. He was a founding member of the region’s Reform Beit Din and has served on several local and national leadership boards, including the Jewish Community Center, the Rashi School, and the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.

Learn with Rabbi Sisenwine: Ask the Rabbi

Rabbi Vanessa Harper

Rabbi Vanessa Harper joined the TBE team in 2021 following her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Harper brings a passion for creative, joyful, and meaningful Jewish learning and living to her dual role as Rabbi-Educator of TBE and as Reform Rabbi-in-Residence of Gann Academy. Rabbi Harper is also the creator behind @lechlechallah, an online education project that uses challah as an artistic medium for interpreting and teaching Torah and the Jewish calendar.

Learn with Rabbi Harper: Dough & Drash: Shaping Challah into Torah

Noam Sender

Noam is a musician and a spiritual teacher specializing in hand percussion and in using his voice as a soulful vehicle to inspire joy and peace. Noam plays hand drums and teaches regularly at TBE and other Boston area synagogues.

Learn with Noam: Drum Circle

Eric Rosen

Eric has been a member of TBE for the past six years. He and his wife live in Framingham. Eric is an attorney. Over the past seventeen years, he has taken a range of classes at Boston College, Hebrew College, and Andover Newton Theological School dealing with interfaith matters and has participated in interfaith dialogue. Last fall, he led a class on anti-Judaism at a church.

Learn with Eric: TBElle: Forgiveness, Reconciliation & Revenge In the Aftermath of the Shoah

Don Drourr

Don has a BA in music Education from Boston University and has seen hundreds of Broadway shows in Boston and New York. His experience with, and excitement for, the music and arts adds so much joy to every class he teaches.

Jewish Learning in Action

See what it means to be living our Jewish learning. From reflections from our clergy and teachers to brief teachings of Torah to recordings of our cooking classes, these videos offer a glimpse into adult learning at TBE.

Discover our stories

Rescuing Hope Project

Striving to build on a personal connection to the Shoah, several of us embarked on a project to document the stories of Survivors in our community.

TBE's Music Men

To start our week off on a high note (no pun intended), we email a short piece of music, which might be just the medicine we all need right now.

Let There Be Light

How do you create sacred time without light?

Teaching in TBElle: A History of Antisemitism

The class reminded us of the lives our ancestors escaped; sadly, it also made us more fully aware that antisemitism still exists.

Holocaust Remembrance

Read the stories of Holocaust Survivors in the TBE community. Watch recordings of them sharing their testimonials, view a map to see where they are from, and access resources for Holocaust education.

Civil Discourse

We are committed to creating a more inclusive space and deepening connection within our community through a Jewish lens.

Showcasing Our Partnership with our Sister Congregation in Haifa

At the URJ Biennial in Chicago, we shared the success of our partnership with our sister congregation in Haifa, Ohel Avraham.

Mi Shebeirach and Interfaith Connections

Recently, I was thinking about the power of our prayers of healing, my involvement in interfaith dialogue, and my deep and longstanding friendships.

Resources

Class Policies

We are delighted to offer a wide range of learning opportunities that are designed to foster connection, discovery and personal growth as we each travel our paths to shalom. Our programs are available and accessible to all. Many of our adult learning opportunities are provided at no cost. While some programs require a fee, cost should never be a barrier to participation for our members. Please contact Rabbi Philip Sherman for a confidential conversation about financial assistance.

Learn more about our class and program policies.

Technology Support

Many of our programs are now available through Zoom video conference calls. If you need assistance accessing Zoom, email [email protected].

How to use Zoom:
If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions.

Want to learn the ins and outs of Zoom? Watch a recording of our Zoom 101 Learn & Learn session. You can also watch Zoom’s video tutorials. We recommend Zoom Meeting Controls to master the basics!

Registering for TBE Events:
Watch a step-by-step tutorial to register for TBE events.

Reach Out

Lynn Burke
Executive Assistant & Adult Learning Coordinator
781.997.4211

Alison Kur
Executive Director, Jewish Living & Learning
781.997.4213

Ryan Leszner
Rabbinic Intern

Upcoming Events

Sat 02

Minyan & Torah Study (Online)

Saturday, July 2 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-5
Tue 05

Meditation (Online)

Tuesday, July 5 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-4
Thu 07

In Conversation with Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Online)

Thursday, July 7 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Fri 08

Adult Talmud Study / Daf Yomi (Online)

Friday, July 8 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am UTC+0
Sat 09

Minyan & Torah Study (Online)

Saturday, July 9 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-5

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