Our dynamic adult education programs enhance knowledge of the Jewish people.
Formal and informal programs explore our traditions, customs, and culture as well as the wider contemporary Jewish world as we study the contours of Jewish life past and present. Most adult education programs are open to the community, free of charge and on our YouTube Channel.
2024 Lecture Series on Hannah Arendt
Talks are on the following Sunday schedule from 9:30am to 10:30am in-person in the sanctuary. (and also available on livestream for TI members)
January 21, February 4, March 3 & 10, April 14, May 5, June 9 & 16
The annual thematic lecture series spearheaded by Rabbi Fine is one of our most popular adult education programs. The presentations are lively, invite audience participation, and often end with a cliff-hanger, inspiring everyone to come back for more. Rabbi Fine holds a doctorate in modern European history from The City University of New York (CUNY) and brings university-level depth to his presentations. Past topics have included:
Each year, we invite a distinguished scholar to join us for a Friday evening and Saturday morning weekend of learning. Past speakers have included:
This series is in memory of Rabbi Selig Salkowitz. Rabbi Salkowitz was a valued member of our synagogue who encouraged us to collaborate with the Reform movement. Last year’s speaker was Rabbi Daniel Friedlander, speaking on the “disorganization” of organized Judaism.
Forums held throughout the year allow congregants and community members to bring their expertise to topics of current interest. Past topics have ranged from whether the Exodus actually took place, planning for the end of life, and interactions with local elected officials.
Rabbi Moser, of our sister congregation, Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel, teaches weekly sessions using texts from the Zohar to look at the week’s Torah portion. She also hosts a weekly reading group and other classes.
Rabbis Fine and Moser team up to explore the prayers in our siddur, why they were chosen, and why different prayers are highlighted by Reconstructionist and Conservative Judaism.
Temple Israel’s library provides access to a wealth of knowledge. Materials include reference works, nonfiction, fiction, children’s books, and recorded literature and films