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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.

Ceramics Workship

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

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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

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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

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Upcoming Events

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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

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Meet Our New Rabbi!

with Rabbi Ben Rosen

Join us for teaching and conversation with Rabbi Ben Rosen. Welcome Rabbi Rosen to TBE and get to know his Torah and his story through teaching and conversation. Learn more

Date: Tuesday, August 1 | 7:00 pm

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Rabbi Ben Rosen

TBE in The Berkshires

with Rabbi Vanessa Harper & Cantor Josh Rosenberg

Join Rabbi Harper and Cantor Rosenberg in Lenox, MA for Shakespeare & Co’s limited run of the award-winning Golda’s Balcony, featuring a talk-back with Annette Miller, star of the original and current runs of this one-woman show. Dinner, discussion, and havdalah will follow.

Approximately $100 per person. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations. A limited number of tickets are available. Learn more

Date: Saturday, August 12

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Registration deadline: July 20, 2023

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.

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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
July 27-30
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

In Person or Online

Join us for adult learning opportunities from wherever you are this summer! Some programs will be offered in person at TBE, while others will take place online. Search our adult learning opportunities by access:

In person

Talmud Study

Fridays, 9:30 am

Read and discuss a page of Talmud in our Daf Yomi practice with Rabbi Carol Mitchell.

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Shabbat Practice

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

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