Summer Institute 2023
Ben Zoma said: “Who is wise? The one who learns from every person.”
~ Pirkei Avot 4:1
Expand your horizons, grounded in purpose and in community
Join us for a summer of expansive learning
Explore many touchpoints for Jewish connection: sacred texts, spirituality, mindful practice, creative arts, travel, and more. Summer Institute is designed to inspire and create, give meaning and purpose, and bring us closer together as a community.
We are deeply grateful to the family of Burton D. “Bud” Rose, M.D., who has underwritten the Summer Institute in loving memory of Bud, who was a lifelong teacher and student.
with Tamar Forman
Don’t Look at the Container But at That Which is Inside It
In this hands-on clay workshop, we will explore the themes of interior and exterior and the relationship and the tension between them—in Jewish texts, in art, and in our own lives. Our study will include creating clay vessels and exploring these ideas in our own art. The first two sessions will focus on creating in clay, and in the third session we will paint and glaze our creations, which will then be fired in a ceramic kiln. No prior experience is necessary. Learn more
Dates: Tuesdays, June 6, 13 & 27 | 10:00 am
Contemporary Jewish Thought Summer Book Club
with Rabbi Na’ama Dafni Kellen
Dive into a brand-new work of contemporary Jewish theology (so new it hasn’t even been published yet!) from one of the greatest contemporary thinkers of the Reform Jewish world, Rabbi Michael Marmur, in this course led by his friend and ours, Rabbi Na’ama Dafni Kellen from Congregation Or Chadash in Haifa. This multi-session course will culminate with the unique opportunity for a mifgash (meeting) with Rabbi Marmur and students from Or Chadash who are studying the same material. Learn more
Dates: Thursdays, June 22, July 6 (w/ Rabbi Marmur), 13, 20, 25 | 1:00 pm
Wednesdays @ The Well: Mindful Moments
with Hannah Kearney, Jodi Bring, and Kate McCoy
Take a few minutes out of your week to build a mindfulness practice for your spiritual and mental well-being with The Well at TBE! Each check-in will begin with a moment of intention setting, followed by a teaching and experience led by a member of our TBE community. At the conclusion of our check-in, we invite participants to follow our session with the daily Institute of Jewish Spirituality virtual Daily Meditation Sit from 12:30-1:00 pm. Learn more
- July 12: Hannah Kearney | Artmaking as Spiritual Practice
- July 19: Jodi Bring | Mindfulness & the Brain
- July 26: Kate McCoy | Embodied Mindfulness & Qigong
Meet Our New Rabbi!
with Rabbi Jordy Callman
Join us for teaching and conversation with Rabbi Jordy Callman. Welcome Rabbi Callman to TBE and get to know her Torah and her story through teaching and conversation. We will kick off our learning journey with her by studying on the value of learning. How and why do we engage in Jewish study? What is our end goal… Is there an end goal? Learn more
Date: Tuesday, July 18 | 7:00 pm
TBE in The Berkshires
A Deep Dive Into Jewish Prayer
with Rabbi Vanessa Harper & Alison Kur
Summer Institute Iyun (Intensive)
Immerse yourself in four days of experiential learning, with Rabbi Harper and Alison Kur, as we explore the liturgy of the Shabbat evening service through study and through applied spiritual practice. Whether you’re hoping to become more comfortable and familiar with Jewish prayer, or to enhance your existing practice, this course will get you there while also building community with a cohort of fellow learners. Learn more
Dates: Monday through Thursday, August 14-17. Dinner included each evening.
More Jewish Learning
Our excellent partner institutions are offering a variety of courses we encourage you to explore.
Hebrew College Me’ah Select
In-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by excellent faculty. Courses have varying start dates throughout the summer. Scholarships available upon request.
HUC-JIR in the Berkshires
Engaging programs with local Reform synagogues, community partners, and cultural institutions on and around Shabbat. Rabbi Harper will be a featured presenter on Friday morning. Learn more
More with TBE this summer
Fridays, 9:30 am
Read and discuss a page of Talmud in our Daf Yomi practice with Rabbi Carol Mitchell.
Shabbat Evening Services
Fridays, 6:00 pm
Welcome Shabbat in song and prayer, with inspiring liturgy, and a short teaching. Learn more
Minyan & Torah Study
Saturdays, 10:00 am
Join us on Zoom for minyan and Torah study where we will explore the weekly Torah portion together with a member of our clergy. Learn more