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 Learning & Living in Our Vibrant Community 2018-19 rogram guide (opens new PDF page).


TI Reads
The Temple Israel Book Club

3 sessions, open to everyone!
RSVPs encouraged, using the form to the right
but walk-ins are welcome.

First session was held on Monday, October 29th, discussing Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.
January 29th is postponed.
Led once again by Margie Maidman and coordinated by Sue Anne Endelman. Open to everyone! Contact Sue Anne for more details:

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.

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You may choose more than one session now or check back later to RSVP for future session(s). Jan 29th is POSTPONED. Next session is March 14th as part of TI's Holocaust Torah Scroll Restoration Project.
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Shabbat Torah Table Talks &
Family Board Games

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. For those interested in play, join other families for rousing and fun board games!
Shabbat, after kiddush: Nov 17th, Feb 9th, May 11th.

Upcoming Programs

Renewing American Judaism: Experimentation & Creativity in a Changing Landscape

Thursday, April 4th, 7:30pm

Livestream from Jewish Theological Seminary — Broadcast to Temple Israel - Library

Followed by Q&A with Janet Aronson

The Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture

American Judaism has been buffeted by massive social upheavals in recent decades. What initiatives, in and out of synagogues, are helping to revitalize Jewish religious life? What options are available to Jewish seekers and those not fulfilled by conventional styles of Jewish practice? How are Jewish communities successfully engaging millennials?

Join Dr. Jack Wertheimer and some of today’s most innovative Jewish leaders for a dynamic discussion arising from his new book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today, recent winner of a National Jewish Book Award. 


  • Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, JTS

  • Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, Texas

  • Rabbi Jessica Minnen, Director of Jewish Learning, OneTable

  • Rabbi Dan Smokler, Chief Innovation Officer, Hillel International

Admission is free, but registration is required
Click HERE then scroll down to the registration form on that page