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Adult Education

The Jewish spiritual tradition teaches us the model of The Four Worlds: practical skills, emotional development, intellectual growth and spiritual practices. Our program of adult education touches all four worlds.

TI members have formed an Adult Education Committee, identifying new and different options so more people could connect and meet each other around common interests. We hope each half-year to gradually expand AE offerings and welcome ideas. We offer a variety of classes, events, and seminars geared toward deepening Jewish knowledge, practice, and culture. Some are taught by the Rabbi and some by other knowledgeable congregants or visiting experts.

If there are topics of interest to you or something that you have expertise in and would like to teach, please let us know.

Adult Ed Fall 2018

Temple Israel's schedule of adult learning for this Fall 2018. Email [email protected] or call 413-773-5884 with any questions, or to register.
Beginning Hebrew
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM - Starts October 11
Beautifully designed adult beginner Hebrew class for those with little or no familiarity with Hebrew. Free and open to all. Texts provided by National Jewish Outreach Partnership. Advance registration required - email [email protected] or call 413-773-5884 to register.
Continuing Hebrew
Thursdays, 6-7:30 PM - Starts September 20
Rabbi Andrea leads this class for those who can read Hebrew letters and want to expand their grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Lessons are based on classic Hebrew texts like the Mishnah and Torah and students work to understand the meanings of the letters, words, and contexts of these texts. Free to members; non-members $15/ class.
Rich Rituals: Build Your Own Home Practice
Sundays, October 21 & November 18, 10:30 AM
Justin Sundell-Thomas leads this workshop on building your own home ritual. The October 21 session focuses on Shabbat; the November 18 session on Chanukah. Snacks and schmoozing at 10:30 AM; class starts at 11. Open to all, childcare provided. $15/class or $20/series of 2; Free to TI members.
Night of Shattered Glass: A Remembrance, 80 Years Since Kristallnacht
Sunday, November 11, 3-8 PM
A full afternoon of rememberance on the 80th year since Kristallnacht featuring a screening of the film Who Will Write Our History, David Arfa's award-winning storytelling performance The Jar of Tears, and a text study led by Rabbi Andrea. Suggested donation $10-40. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For details, please visit our website.
Readers Theater
Saturday, December 15, 7 PM
Readers Theater is a form of theater where the actors do not memorize parts. Plans are underway to introduce Readers Theater at TI this year--starting with one play that has a Jewish theme. If you'd be interested in participating, email [email protected]

Adult Ed Calendar

  • Jul 21 2019 - 4:00pm

    Accidental Courtesy follows the activism of musician Daryl Davis as he confronts klansmen with the simple question: How can you hate me when you don't even know me?

  • Jul 25 2019 - 6:30pm

    Are you curious about Hebrew? Do you want to be able to follow along in services by reading the Hebrew? Or maybe you want to know what is really being said in the Torah. Take the first steps this summer--join our five week Hebrew class.

  • Aug 1 2019 - 6:30pm

    Are you curious about Hebrew? Do you want to be able to follow along in services by reading the Hebrew? Or maybe you want to know what is really being said in the Torah. Take the first steps this summer--join our five week Hebrew class.

  • Aug 3 2019 - 8:00pm

    The Saturday evening at the start of the month of Av is the beginning of a time of mourning in the Jewish calendar. Everyone with empathy feels both delight and grief at the states of miracle and disrepair we face together in planetary life.

  • Aug 4 2019 - 4:00pm

    Leaving Memel - Refugees from the Reich tells the story of Judith Golden's family and what they experienced when the times changed and Hitler began demonizing Jews, homosexuals and Romani people in Europe.