Community and Adult Education

Feed Your Mind, Body, and Soul! TBI provides a range of Jewish cultural and educational experiences.
Programs and classes are open to all, and we welcome students from within TBI and from the larger community.

For more information and for Zoom links, please sign up for This Week @ TBI, our weekly e-newsletter.

Current Offerings

In Jewish tradition, when someone asks “Ayeka? Where are you?” the response is “Hineni – I am here,” or “Here I am.”

Our congregational theme for 5783 is Hineni, Showing Up. Our Community Education offerings this year aim to provide pathways for us to show up – for ourselves, our community and our world. Together we will explore questions like: What is my Jewish mission? What makes prayer meaningful to me? How do I understand my “responsibility” to community? What does Torah have to add to my life and family? We invite you to explore this theme of Hineni, Showing Up, and what it means to you.

For questions or ideas, please contact

Do you have your finger on the pulse of Jewish culture and arts? Our TBI Community Education Team meets 4 times a year to plan wonderful experiences, speakers, and classes. We’d love your input and inspiration.


Prophets and Writings of the Hebrew Bible

Sundays, 10:00am, via Zoom (See the e-news for the Zoom link.)
with Deborah Green, Professor of Ancient Religion, Bible, and Rabbinic Interpretation

Learn about  נ”ך (na) – the Prophets and Writings parts of the Hebrew Bible. Deborah Green, professor of ancient religion, Bible, and rabbinic interpretation leads a weekly discussion on these two often overlooked sections of the Bible. Our ḥevruta (study group) reads together in English and explore one or two chapters each week. You need access only to a Jewish Bible in English, preferably the Jewish Publication Society translation, and an inquisitive mind.


Torah Study w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Thursdays, Noon — via Zoom

All are welcome for an engaging discussion of this week’s Torah portion and how it impacts our lives. See the weekly e-news for the Zoom link.

Jewish Literature Series

Feb 9
A Gentleman’s Agreement
by Laura Hobson (film by Elia Kazan)

Mar 9
Walk Out the Door
by Pearl Wolfe and Evelyn Anderton

April 13
What’s So Funny: A Cartoonist’s Memoir
by David Sipress

May 11
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk

June 8
The Thread Collectors
by Shaunna Edwards and Alyson Richman

Contact Martha Ravits for details

Shabbat Torah Study

Saturdays via Zoom, 8:45 am
(8:30 am when b’nai mitzvah celebrated at Shabbat Services)

All are welcome to join a lively exploration of the weekly Torah portion. All levels of experience welcome. Text study is done in English, with occasional close examination of the Hebrew text in an inclusive manner.

PUP: Shabbat Morning Prayers UnPacked with Rabbi Solomon

Selected Saturdays 11am-noon

In person

Do you want to learn more about the Shabbat morning service? Expand your understanding of Jewish prayer or take a next step in your own spiritual or prayer practice?

Join Rabbi Solomon, once a month to unpack the Shabbat morning prayers. Questions, ideas and doubts welcome.

Part of our b’nai mitzvah family experience open to all of TBI and beyond. Ideal for those studying for their Adult B’nai Mitzvah in the Summer of 2023. More info about Adult B’nai Mitzvah can be found here.

Please register to receive handouts and to preview questions prior to each session, even if you don’t know which ones you’ll attend. Drop ins welcome.

Shema U’Virchoteha – A Call for Oneness & the Process – Nov 12
Mi Chamocha – Meeting Our Limits & Being Accompanied — Dec 10
Amidah – Talking & Listening for Guidance, Inspiration and Hope — Feb 11
Kaddish – Choreography of Prayer & Our Ancestral Roots: – March 11
Torah Service – Climbing the Mountain — May 13

Exploring Judaism

3rd Sunday of the month, 3:00pm

Join the group for a monthly discussion with the Rabbi and non-Jews, new-Jews and any-Jews interested in exploration. All are welcome, but this is an especially good opportunity for people new to Judaism in general and TBI in particular to learn more and get to know fellow explorers in a welcoming, casual setting. Questions? Contact Mark Watson.

The Vinkl (Yiddish Corner)

On hold until further notice

Yiddish, or mama-loshn, is one of several languages with which we Jews are blessed. Known for its warmth and wit, it may evoke memories for you, or perhaps be the gate to new knowledge and pleasures. Join us for leyenen (reading), shmuesn (that’s right—shmoozing!), lively debate, and almost always, music with heart-stirring lyrics. New learners encouraged!

General Information

Yes, absolutely! View brochures from the current and previous terms by clicking the images below.

Each program may have different registration details. View the individual program listing for details and contact information.

Fees or donations for programs scheduled on Shabbat must be paid in advance (or after Shabbat). We will not collect money on Shabbat.

No refunds will be given to registrants who drop classes after the registration deadline.

If classes or events are cancelled due to lack of enrollment (or other unforeseen circumstances), full refunds will be given to prepaid registrants.

All programs meet at Temple Beth Israel unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested in joining the Community Ed Committee or have ideas for teaching or for a class offering, please contact Rabbi Alyson Solomon.

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