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Summer Institute

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

~ Pirkei Avot 1.6

Connect with other adult learners and exceptional teachers.

Join us for an innovative summer learning experience.

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Introducing Summer Institute

The Talmud teaches that Torah’s light is like that of the sun (Sotah 21a), reliably there for us, keeping us warm, helping us to see the world around us, and bringing us joy. It is in the spirit of the continued search for warmth, joy, learning, and community that we are excited to welcome you to our new Summer Learning Institute. Building on the amazing learning we have shared over the last year, our program is designed to inspire and create, give meaning and purpose, and bring us closer together as a community.

Registration: Please click the registration links in each class description to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. You will be able to use the same Zoom link to access each session of the class.

The History of Jews in America

with Rabbi Bob Orkand

Jews have lived in what became the United States for 366 years, and each generation has had to wrestle anew with the question of whether its children and grandchildren would remain Jewish. Amazingly, then, Judaism in the United States has not only survived but thrived. This course will look at how America’s Jews have adapted to living in a land of freedom and what they have contributed to their home. Learn more

Dates: Tuesdays, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30–10:30 am

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Parashat HaShavuah

with TBE Clergy

TBE clergy delve into how the Torah portion of the week connects to our minds and hearts. You’ll have an opportunity to learn with each of our clergy. Learn more

Dates: Tuesdays, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30–8:30 pm*

*On Tuesday, June 15, class will begin at 8:00 pm. For all other sessions, classes will begin at 7:30 pm.

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Reform Judaism in the US & Israel

with Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen

What can the new Reform Israeli Siddur tell us about the Israeli Reform movement? Join us for “A Glance, a Window, and a Mirror,” a seven-part journey into Israeli social changes, liturgical issues, feminism, poetry, and music. Led by Rabbi Na’ama Dafni Kellen, rabbi of Or Hadash, and special guests. Learn more

Dates: Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 9:30–10:30 am

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with TBE Clergy

Participate with our clergy in a weekly “prayer ground” to explore different modes of prayer. Each week we will spend part of class reflecting on prayer, and the other part diving into a specific prayer practice. We will also be joined by some special guests! Learn more

Dates: Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30–8:30 pm

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Pride & Prejudice:
Immigration in Israel

with Uri Feinberg

​Join beloved Israeli tour guide and teacher Uri Feinberg to examine a history of the State of Israel through the immigrant lens. Pride and Prejudice: When do we get it right, when do we get it wrong, and does context matter? Learn more

Dates: Thursdays, June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 12:00–1:15 pm

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Hebrew Calligraphy

with Rachel Jackson

Artist and calligrapher Rachel Jackson will lead us in a Hebrew calligraphy workshop. Discuss different Jewish scribal traditions around the world and dive into the basic principles behind Hebrew calligraphy. You will receive a kit that includes Torah ink, parchment, and a quill, among other supplies. Learn more

Dates: Thursdays, June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 7:30–8:30 pm

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Registration required by Thursday, May 27. Kits will be available to pick up at TBE. By registering for this class, you agree that you will be an active participant.

Mixed Media Midrash

with Abi Oshins

Gather to explore the weekly Torah portion through text study, creative interpretation, and community. Abi Oshins, TBE member and teacher and rabbinic student at Hebrew College, leads this class. Learn more

Dates: Thursdays, July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 7:30–8:30 pm

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With Gratitude

We are deeply grateful to the family of Burton D. “Bud” Rose, M.D., who has underwritten the Summer Learning Institute in loving memory of Bud, who was a lifelong teacher and student. This generous gift enables TBE to offer our summer program free of charge.

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Meet our Faculty

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


TBE Clergy

Our clergy look forward to leading our Parashat HaShavuah weekly classes! You’ll have opportunities to learn with Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, Rabbi Philip Sherman, Rabbi Rachel Saphire, and Cantor Shanna Zell over the course of the summer.



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