Inspired Learning for Adults of All Backgrounds.

Interested in starting Me'ah in fall 2015? Please contact the Temple Israel office: or 781-784-3986. You can also find the registration form for fall 2015 here.

Me'ah (Hebrew for "100") will take you on a FASCINATING 100-hour journey through Jewish history. Your expert "tour guides" are top scholars who will lead you through...

Year One:

  • The Hebrew Bible, the central text of ancient Israel and the foundational text for Judaism through the ages.
  • The Rabbinic Period, when new Jewish sages and rabbis developed a profound legal and religious way of life.

Year Two:

  • The Medieval Period, where we will consider the remarkable achievements of Jews living under Islamic or Christian rule.
  • The Modern Period, wherein differing ideological viewpoints mirror issues facing Jews from the 18th century to the present.

"Me'ah works no matter where you are on the continuum of Jewish learning. It is the perfect mix of history, philosophy and the showcasing of important personalities... it gives a real sense of the narrative of a people over time.”
- Me'ah participant



Lynne Heller (Year One: Bible) combines her passion for the biblical text and her wide-ranging knowledge of it with her academic background in comparative literature and Jewish studies. Deeply committed to teaching adults, she has taught in Hebrew College's Kol Isha, as well as Ma'ayan, CJP Genesis program and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (Ikkarim). Most recently, she taught Bible in the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. A featured scholar for Synagogue Council's Kolot series, she inaugurated their new series of intensive Bible text study courses. She continues to serve as scholar-in-residence to congregations and other Jewish institutions across North America. Heller holds a Ph.D in English and comparative literature from New York University and is a graduate of the MIDRASA, Hebrew Teachers College, established by the Yeshivah of Flatbush in New York City. A published author, her essay, "Teaching to the Head and the Heart: The Power of Weeping," was recently published in Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education.

"I loved Lynne's exuberance, her enthusiasm for the subject... she helped me to discover Torah, the nuanced meanings behind the words!"

Michael Satlow (Year One: Rabbinics) is professor of Judaic studies and religious studies at Brown University. He is the author of Creating Judaism: History, Tradition Practice and How the Bible Became Holy. Satlow received a Ph.D. in ancient Judaism from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1993 and has taught in the Me'ah program for the last decade. He has held fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fulbright Scholar Program, and the American Council of Learned Societies among others.

"Michael is an excellent teacher — he gave us a wonderful taste of the fundamentals of the Judaism of the Rabbis."

Interested in starting Me'ah in fall 2015? Please contact the Temple Israel office: or 781-784-3986. You can also find the registration form for fall 2015 here.

Me'ah (the Hebrew word for 100) is an outstanding program promoting excellence in adult Jewish education. Sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and run by Hebrew College, Me'ah brings world class scholars and teachers to the community to teach a sophisticated course in Jewish history and thought.

The class lasts two years and encompasses 100 hours of learning. As it is taught in local synagogues and institutions, it is easier for members of the community to participate. The classes are stimulating and academic, but also introduce students to patterns of Jewish thought and ritual tradition. The teaching and readings are at the level of what a student in college might experience in an introductory course on Judaism and the Jewish People; please see the FAQ for more. Those who have participated in Me'ah finish the class with an appreciation of the scope of Jewish history and life and are prepared to delve more deeply into a variety of Jewish subject material.

Temple Israel has participated in Me'ah for over 12 years now, sponsoring groups that have met at the synagogue. We are now recruiting for a new Me'ah class that will begin in September, 2015. The class will meet on Mondays from 7:00-9:45pm at Temple Israel, though one does not need to be a member of Temple Israel to participate. The cost is $700 per year of Me'ah. As always, the classes will be taught by master teachers whose enthusiasm for adult learning is evident in every class.

To find out more, contact the synagogue (781-784-3986 or This is an opportunity you will not want to miss!