Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn is a series of programs on wide-ranging themes. Speakers include TBE clergy, staff and congregants. This program is a great way to meet new friends and stay connected with folks you know. All programs are free and open to the TBE community and their friends.

Lunch & Learn meets during the TBElle program in the fall and spring in the Beit Midrash from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and a drink.  

Open to the TBE Community, reservations are not required. 



2017-2018 Lunchtime Conversations Committee: Susan BrownSusan FreedmanCarol Salter and Debby Turney


March 6

Speaker:  Judy Cannon

TOPIC:   Looking Behind the Curtain

In an informative, light hearted and fun approach, Judy will focus on the business side of operating our temple: budget and finance, staff and Human Resources, communications and technology, and building use and maintenance. 

March 13

Speaker:  Beth Tishler

TOPIC:   New Realities of Aging

According to experts, we will live longer than previous generations.  What kind of lives do we want to have?  How can we apply the latest aging research to our daily lives? Aging can be an opportunity for growth, discovery and new meaning while acknowledging the realities and challenges. The good news is that there are a lot of things we can do to improve the physical, psychological and social aspects of our lives. Join us as we discuss the opportunities.

March 20

Speaker:  Nan Langowitz

TOPIC:   Multi-Generational Family-ness: Adventures in Small Group Living

From visiting her grandparents weekly as a child to recently renovating a new home to share with her in-laws, Nan Langowitz will share thoughts on what it takes to create happy family-ness across generations.

March 27

Speakers:  Shep Cohen & Lloyd Tarlin

TOPIC:   Protecting and Promoting Your Health

Public Health is about the fundamental conditions that create a healthier, safer world and a healthier person; it is about the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the next infectious disease outbreak, responses to natural and man-made disasters, healthy lifestyles, access to health care and much more.

April 3

Speaker:  Lon Povich, Governor Baker’s Chief Legal Counsel​

TOPIC:   Inside the Baker Administration, Why State Government Actually Works 

Lon will discuss the differences between the culture in Washington, D.C. and on Beacon Hill, and review examples of programs and solutions that have been put in place during the first three years of the Baker-Polito administration. He will also be happy to answer any questions about the administration or his work as Governor’s Legal Counsel.

April 10

Speaker:  Susan Gerstenfeld

TOPIC:  Point of View: A Look at Jews in Russia and Azerbaijan Today 

A group of TBE congregants recently visited several cities in Russia and the a variety of towns and villages of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan.  The objective was to learn what the current situation was for Jews as communities. This Lunch and Learn hour will be devoted to a discussion about Jews today in both countries.


April 17

Speakers:  Rabbis Joel Sisenwine and Philip Sherman

TOPIC:  1948 The NY Times and the Jewish Advocate

Join us as we look at the parallel coverage in the NY Times and the Jewish Advocate of the months leading up to May 1948 and the months after the birth of the State of Israel.