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.

General Information:
  • Registration: Please check individual program listings for details.
  • Programs scheduled on Shabbat: Fees and donations for programs scheduled on Shabbat must be paid in advance or after Shabbat. We will not collect money on Shabbat.
  • Refunds: No refunds will be given to participants 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 pre- paid registrants.
  • All programs meet at TBI 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 Nina.

Jewish Genealogy Group
FREE. Open to all. Donations gratefully accepted.

Cemetery and Funeral Home Records
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
What information can be found in the records from cemetery and funeral homes? How do we access them? – Presented by Eliezer Froehlich

Introduction to Tai Chi w/Florence Rigby

Wednesdays, July 10-August 28  2:00 pm

This one-hour, weekly class is ideal for beginners and those interested in learning more about Tai Chi. Florence uses a simplified technique to teach movements that are suitable for those with limited mobility and/or strength. Please pre-register online no later than June 30th. Maximum class size is 20.

Learners’ Service Shabbat

Saturdays, next one is 6/1 (F) at  9:00 am-10:00 am

Not just for b’nei mitzvah students, but for anyone who wants to better understand the flow of the Shabbat morning liturgy. Each session will focus on a different section of the service, in rotation. Consider attending all 6 sections A-F, which will rotate twice, even if you can’t attend them in order.

NJOP Hebrew Reading Crash Course
w/Oriana Kahn Hurwit
Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  7:00-8:30 pm

Back by popular demand! For those who would like to learn to follow along in services, be more involved in their children’s education, or simply enhance your ties to Judaism, this class is for you. All materials are provided and the class is free. Great for beginners and those seeking a refresher. Registration is now closed.

Yiddish Club
1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Subject to change)

When did you last hear a Yiddish word? Did your parents speak Yiddish when they didn’t want you to know what they were saying? Do you remember the warm, loving Yiddish words of your grandparents? The club welcomes you to hear, once again, the pleasing words from long ago and to speak the mamaloshen.

Shabbat Torah Study
Saturdays, 9:00 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. Torah study is either rabbi-facilitated or lay-led. All levels of experience welcome. Text study is done in English, with occasional close examination of the Hebrew text in an inclusive manner.

Want to share your love of reading?
(We have lots of opportunities!)

Spring 2019

Temple Beth Israel
Library, 6:30-8:30 pm

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May 23
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

June 27
The Puttermesser Papers
by Cynthia Ozick


Lunch & Learn w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and others
Thursdays – Noon. FREE. Donations gratefully accepted 

Next one: TBD

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and lay leaders for a close reading and discussion of a story from the Talmud and other traditional Jewish sources. NO HEBREW NECESSARY. Set aside an hour of your day to learn, eat, and socialize. Feel free to bring a lunch. Please no meat or shellfish.

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Reading with the Rabbi
with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein

FREE; Donations gratefully accepted.

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia for a spirited discussion of a relevant contemporary issue, as informed by a work of non-fiction chosen by the rabbi. Next book will be announced soon.