Adult & Family Education

The Temple Israel Adult and Family Education committee's goal is to offer classes of interest to the whole Temple Israel community – for all ages, interests, and backgrounds. We hope you will find something listed here that will pique your curiosity. We welcome your ideas for new programs and events. Would you like to learn to chant from the Torah? Read Hebrew? Attend a Shabbat learner's service? Make your own tallit?

Check back frequently for new programs and speakers that will be added throughout the year. Join our mailing list by sending your name and email address to

If you have ideas for classes or programs, or would like to get involved, please contact the committee chair, Janet Aronson:

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Our Programs

Temple Israel’s Adult & Family Education Committee has some exciting programs planned for the entire community in the coming year! View these and more, from other TI arms and committees, listed in our Gates of Learning 2017-18 program guide (opens new PDF page).


TI Reads

Temple Israel's popular book club:
Nov. 1 at 7:45 pm (The Zookeeper's Wife), Jan. 23 at 7:45 pm (film: The Women's Balcony), Mar. 12 (Judas) at 7:45 pm

Join Margie Maidman and the community for a book discussion. November's book is The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman: “A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.”  
In January, we will watch and discuss The Women's Balcony. Finally, in March, we will discuss Judas by Amos Oz: “At once an exquisite love story and a coming-of-age novel, Judas offers a surprising perspective on the state of Israel and the biblical tale from which it draws its title.”

Please consider a donation of $18 to cover the costs of this program. Click here and choose Adult & Family Ed, and type TI Reads in the In Honor Of box or send a check to the office with TI Reads in the memo section.

Shabbat Torah Table Talks

After kiddush, join a lively discussion as we explore the topics and issues that will be raised during that morning's sermon or parsha. Bring your food and join us in Founders Hall. Talks led by Rabbi Fish or Rabbi Silverman.
Shabbat, Feb 10th, & March 10th.

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Family Havdalah & Games

Following on last year’s success, please join us again for schmoozing and board games for all ages, followed by a family-oriented Ma’ariv and Havdalah service led by our clergy. Light refreshments will be served.
Feb. 10th, 3:30pm
March 24th, 1:00pm







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Christians and Jews
at the Seder Table

Thursday, March 15th, 7:45pm

Featuring Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva,
Conservative Yeshiva of the USCJ in Jerusalem

In this visual presentation we will look at the development of Jewish and Christian thought, practice and artwork surrounding the issue of the meaning of Pesach from the destruction of the Second Temple and the rise of Christianity through the Middle Ages and conclude with the modern period. Donation requested. 

FREE; $10 donation requested to defray our costs
RSVP to Janet Aronson


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A Game of Thrones: Studying the Biblical Text of Samuel 1

Tuesdays (6 weeks), 7:45-9:15pm
starting March 20, 2018

With Maureen Mintz. Turbulent times call for steady, sober leadership. Can the nation survive with a Commander-in-Chief who might not be up to the task? Let's explore together—using text, art, poetry and our own thoughts—the way the first book of Samuel examined the challenge of leadership over 2500 years ago. This class meets you right where you are: with or without previous knowledge or Hebrew skills.
Cost: $36 for the series

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Me'ah Select: Muslims and Jews

Thursday nights, 7:30-9:30pm, beginning Feb 15th
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With Alan Verskin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. By looking at case studies of Muslim-Jewish relations in Spain, Iraq, Egypt and Syria, we will try to identify the religious and social factors that led to toleration or persecution of Jews in those lands historically, and in the Middle East today. Me’ah Select is a single semester of classes that is open to all.
Class begins February 15th; schedule here.
To register, click here
Sponsored by Adult & Family Education with Hebrew College and CJP









Past Programs, 2017-2018

Scholar in Residence Weekend
Rachel Fish, Ph.D., Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. November, 2017

Sponsored by Adult & Family Education & Brotherhood

Events & Talks included:

  • Israel on Campus (especially for HS and college students)
  • One Hundred Years Since Balfour
  • Israeli-style Coffeehouse, featuring sing-along with George Aronson and dancing led by Eric Pomerantz
  • Israel on Campus (for all adults)

Conversational Hebrew

This class returns for beginner and intermediate levels of Hebrew and is taught by Brandeis University instructor Esther Shorr. 

Ritual Round Robin – Hands-On Learning Workshop

Sunday morning, January 7, 2018
Through hands-on learning for all ages, try out synagogue and home-based Jewish rituals like having an aliya to the Torah, making kiddush, and blowing the shofar. More info to come.
Sponsored by Ritual Committee and Adult & Family Education

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Divrei Shalom v'Emet -
Words of Peace and Truth:
The Jewish State and the unrealized dream of Zionism

November 30 at 7:45 pm at Temple Israel
Rabbis Fish and Silverman of Temple Israel joined with Rabbi Meszler of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Cheses of Young Israel to discuss their different yet overlapping views of God, Torah and Israel.  This is the 2nd meeting of this group of rabbis to discuss their ideas. This session focused on the nature of Judaism in Israel today. If you missed this great panel discussion live, please click here for an audio recording.

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