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:

NEW! Join the Adult and Family Education email list to stay up-to-date on upcoming programs and events. Emails will be sent approximately monthly. Just send your name and email address to

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: New season starts November 1.
Dates: Nov. 1 at 7:45 pm (The Zookeeper's Wife), Jan. 23 (film TBD), Mar. 12 (Judas) at 7:45 pm

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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.” February book is 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

Shabbat Torah Table returns after services on October 28 with a new format. After kiddush, join a lively discussion led by Rabbinic Intern Allision Poirier. We will explore the topics and issues that will be raised during that morning's sermon (Lech Lecha). Bring your food and join us in the Lang Galleria!


Featured Program
Scholar in Residence Weekend
November 3-5, 2017
A&FE Scholar in Residence:
Rachel Fish, Ph.D., Associate Director,
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Join us at events Friday evening through Sunday morning at the Adult and Family Education committee's inaugural Scholar in Residence Weekend. Click here to register for the weekend's events.

•       Friday Evening: Israel on Campus – only for high school and college students. Dr. Fish will lead this special program for high school and college students to help them prepare to respond to the discussions and debate about Israel they’ll encounter on the college campus. Includes Shabbat dinner and services. (Consider joining us for a weekend of Israel programming. See

•       Shabbat Morning: One Hundred Years Since Balfour - November 2, 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, asserting the British government’s support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland. Dr. Fish will speak about the meaning of that historic event a century ago, and what it means for Israel and the Middle East today. Dr. Fish will introduce the topic during Shabbat morning services. Services will be followed by a festive Kiddush luncheon. Dr. Fish’s talk will begin after Kiddush, approximately 1:30 in the afternoon in the sanctuary. 

•       Saturday Evening at 7:30 pm: Relax, nosh, sing and shmooze at our Israeli-style coffee house! Featuring a sing-along led by George Aronson and Israeli dancing led by Eric Pomerantz. 

•       Sunday Morning: Israel on Campus – for all adults, including high school and college students and their parents. Dr. Fish’s final talk of the weekend will help us all understand the myths and reality about the contentious debate regarding Israel on the college campus, and how that debate fits within the larger geopolitical context. Breakfast begins at 10:00, talk begins at 10:30. $15 per person before October 30, $20 after that or at the door.

Scholar in Residence Weekend is sponsored by Adult & Family Education and Brotherhood.

Click here to register for the weekend's events.