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).

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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.

  • Monday, October 29th, 7:45pm (Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen)

  • Tuesday, January 29th, 7:45pm (book TBA)

  • Thursday, March 14th, 7:45pm (book TBA)

First session will be held on Monday, October 29 at 7:45 pm. We will discuss Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Taking place in Israel, Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame, and desire. 
Other dates are January 29 and March 14. 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.

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.

Securing the Kingdom: Studying the Biblical Text of Samuel 2

Six Wednesday nights beginning October 10, 8-9:30 pm, Taught by Maureen Mintz
Cost: $36 for the series

“…And now, do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man, and you will know what you should do to him…” --King David on his death bed

There is a story told of a ruler who rose to great power: in part through his own ruthless tactics, in part by deception, and in part through acts of providence. As the ruler grew in wealth and power, he acquired beautiful wives who were obedient to him and who provided him with children. He demanded absolute loyalty of all who wanted to be brought into his inner circle.

Anything less was considered a hideous offense to him…an offense he would not likely forget.

His children were both a solace and a curse to him. He favored some of his children over others, which eventually led to more strife and heartache for the ruler and for the people he was supposed to serve.

Join us as we study the second book of Samuel and the continuing story of King David as he works to secure the United Kingdom of Israel. You do not need to have studied with us in past. We will begin with a quick recap of everything you need to know to plunge into the story. We will study in English from a traditional text and supplement our studies with discussion, biblical art, poetry, and traditional and contemporary interpretations of the text. The only thing missing from our conversation is your voice.

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Coming, March 2018
Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat
with Rabbi Shai Held

Renown theologian, scholar, and educator, Rabbi Shai Held, is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar, where he also directs the Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas.
Rabbi Held will join us March 22-24, 2018.
Click the image for his bio.


Sampling of 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.