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All presenters are TBZ members.
 Pre Registration recommended


The lifelong Jewish learning initiatives at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) have been a hallmark of the congregation since its rejuvenation over 20 years ago. Our overall goal is to create literate Jews who are acquainted with the multifaceted and broad parameters of Jewish learning.

Whether it’s a weekly Mussar (character development) class; a semester long Wise Aging exploration; a monthly course on engaging with Israel; individual TBZ Talks; three-session courses, and day long study experiences, TBZ is blessed to utilize the marvelous reservoir of talent among our members. Our Rabbis and the professional academics in our shul, as well as lay experts in specific areas, help us to learn together and build community.

The Adult Education effort often partners with other TBZ groups to present special events that encourage our curiosity and provide us with a stronger basis for entering the millennial Jewish conversation. To that end, we are offering an assortment of stimulating and thought-provoking three week courses, monthly encounters and special events.

Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Course Offerings

  • Perspectives on God, Torah and Israel with Reb Moshe
    Tuesdays, November 5, 12,19 7:00-8:30 pm

    A common exploration using traditional and modern texts. 

    God,Torah and Israel have been interpreted in many ways over the millennia. Together we will explore our own ways of understanding these three pillars of Jewish thought and theology.

    This triad is the basis of Jewish identity and we will see that it intertwines with our personal and social lives.

    After you register you will receive some reading suggestions in advance of the classes.
    Register here

  • Becoming a Soulful Parent
    Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21, 7:30- 9 pm 
    in the Brookline/Newton area, exact location TBA

    Being a parent is awe-inspiring and joyful. It is also exhausting, humbling, lonely, and at times deeply frustrating! If you are like me, and feel like you could use more support moving forward on the longest, uncharted journey of your life, please join us for this Becoming a Soulful Parent Workshop.  

    In this interactive workshop we will draw on ancient Jewish texts that challenge us to embrace the mystery of our children, recognizing that they are not “mini-me’s.” Each class will include a mixture of text study, personal sharing, journaling and drawing. There will be food and drink and time to schmooze as well. If you are raising your children in partnership I encourage you to come make a “spiritual date” of it and come together. It’s a great way to reconnect with why you embarked on this crazy and amazing journey together in the first place! This class is best suited for parents of children ages 5 and up.

    Facilitated by Ilana Margalit, longtime TBZ member. As a mother, she tries as best as she is able to see her children clearly so she can respond to their ever changing needs from moment to moment, year to year. Ilana is also a nourishment counselor, licensed acupuncturist and a certified Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N family wellness coach.
    Register here

  • Valuing Life and Limb--The Rabbinic Transformation of Justice
    Mondays: October 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 10:30-12:00

    Our Torah speaks of retributive justice in the famous verse “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”  The Rabbis found retributive justice difficult to accept and sought to reason their way to a different understanding of what “an eye for an eye” could mean.

    Our sessions will focus on an exploration of early notions of retributive justice, and how the Rabbis, starting in the Tannaitic period (0-200 CE), transformed that conversation into a complex system of financial remuneration. How might Rabbinic thinking inform our discussions around value-laden questions of what justice is in today’s world? More generally, what can we learn from their quest to transform the conversation about justice, and from the respectful nature of their conversation as handed down to us in our texts? 

    Rabbi Jamie Kotler: “I enjoy opening the door to Torah for spiritual seekers, creating meaningful entry points into Jewish text and enabling reflection on our connection to The One, to one another, to the chain of generations on whose shoulders we stand, and to the world we inhabit. I offer traditional and modern sources to enhance and deepen our understanding of the text, and to help us to find our own modern voices in the ancient words of our ancestors.”
    Register here

  • Take-Out Theology with Rabbinic Intern Tyler Dratch
    Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, December 2, 9, 16

    In this class we will study diverse sources about key Jewish ideas: God, Torah, and Shabbat. We will then take time to create our own reflections, poetry, art, and more to embody a Jewish theology that is uniquely ours.

    Tyler Dratch is a Rabbinical Student at Hebrew College, class of 2021. Before moving to Boston, he served as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism advocating for economic justice and disability rights issues. He also staffed the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, working with teens from across the country. He graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and Hebrew Bible. Tyler works at TBZ ~15 hours per week to spiritually support our community by helping to lead services and Torah Study, guiding our B'nei Mitzvah students, and more!
    Register here

  • Olam Chesed Yibaneh: Building a Community of Hesed with Rav Claudia
    Mondays, January 6, 13, 20, 27

    We know that we are supposed to care for the sick and comfort mourners, and many other acts of chesed, lovingkindness, but how do we do this in a Jewish way? Together we’ll learn the textual sources and grapple with these mitzvot in our own lives and as we build community at TBZ. 

Sun, November 17 2019 19 Cheshvan 5780