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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 REGISTER bar located beneath the date and time of the event. Complete the registration information. 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.

Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen

Rabbi Dafni-Kellen is a gifted teacher and rabbi. She teaches at the Reform Movement’s Leo Baeck Education Center and serves as a rabbi at Ohel Avraham, TBE’s sister congregation in Haifa. Na’ama was pivotal to establishing the Ohel Avraham/TBE partnership, and she continues to create programs that build and deepen the connection between our communities.

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, Tradition! Our Stories and Minhagim (Customs), Daf Yomi Adult Talmud Study

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 Introduction Seminar, Tikkun Middot

Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson, owner of Binah Design, is an artist, graphic designer, bookbinder and scribe. She is an ardent feminist and passionate about craft. She recently founded Hiddur Mitzvah, a small Judaica company with her partner, Jackson Mercer. She has a degree in visual art from the University of Chicago and a certificate in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Abi Oshins

Abi Oshins is a rising second-year Rabbinical student at Hebrew College. Abi has taught teens and young adults at TBE and Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, developing curricula that draw on community and relationship building, Jewish text and values, and hands-on creative modalities. Abi is thrilled to be teaching and learning at her spiritual home, Temple Beth Elohim.

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.

Learn with Uri: Many Roads Not Taken: A Virtual Road Through Israel, October 2021

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.

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.

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

Rabbi Philip Sherman
781.235.8419 x208

Upcoming Events

Sat 18

Minyan & Torah Study with TBE Online

Saturday, September 18 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-5
Sat 18

Welcoming Guests into the Sukkah & Our Homes with our Haifa Friends (Online)

Saturday, September 18 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Sun 19

Holy Schvitz (Online)

Sunday, September 19 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am UTC-5
Tue 21

Meditation with TBE Online

Tuesday, September 21 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-4
Fri 24

Adult Talmud/Daf Yomi Study (Online)

Friday, September 24 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am UTC-4

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