Lifelong Learning

Our 2018-19 Program Book is available HERE with a Complete Schedule of Classes and Learning Opportunities for Adults, Families and Children.

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The themes of diversity and equity weave throughout our programming with particular attention to storytelling and diversity in the Shabbat dinners and the book group. We hope to create opportunities for connection at every meeting and event and we welcome you to bring your ideas as well—this is all of our work.

Upcoming and Recurring Events

  • Torah Study biweekly, from October to June, with the rabbi and co-led by members, see HERE for more info.

  • Bagels + Tanach Study Group, Hosted by HBT members
    October 28, December 9, 2018
    February 3, April 7, and May 5, 2019

  • Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture featuring: Congregant & scholar Debra Kaufman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University. Friday Evening, November 2, 6:15-9pm, click HERE for more info.

  • Movies at HBT:

    Saturday, November 10, 2018
    beginning with 6:30pm Havdallah followed by film, “Wrestling Jerusalem” with discussion and dessert afterwards. This will be a joint activity with the Shir Hadash community who will co-lead the discussion with us.

    Tuesday, December 25, 11am
    Join us for an uplifting viewing of the movie “Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious

    George Creators.” This is geared for adults and older high school students. Film will be followed by brunch.

  • Book Read: “A Letter to My Palestinian Neighbor” Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7-8:30pm, Discussion facilitated by Roxanne Kelber. This December Book Read will bookend our short story reading in January and February.

  • American Jewish Short Stories Series, 4 Tuesdays: January 8 & 22, February 5 & 26, 2019, 7– 8:30pm, Discussion led by HBT congregant and scholar Michael Kaufman.

  • Homeopathy for the Jewish Soul, Sunday, January 13, time and location TBA, A presentation, talk and questions with Jerry Kantor, a highly experienced practitioner of homeopathy as an integrative approach to illness and well being.

  • And more! Check the calendar or join our mailing list! See detailed information about all our programming below.
     

Share your Expertise

Our Temple Hillel B’nai Torah community is blessed with a wealth of contacts and expertise among our own temple members. If you have an idea for a program, are interested in making a presentation or bringing in a guest speaker to present on a topic of interest to our community, please contact Benita at hbtoffice@templehbt.org

Some activities are located within the synagogue and some, in members’ homes. Either way, all activities generally offer small group venues, something to perk your interest and offer a way to become better acquainted with members of our congregation.

If you are new and unfamiliar with an activity or locale, don’t hesitate to call the office for additional information, or co-chairs Shelley Stevens; shelleystevens34@gmail.com and Roxanne Kelber; rkelber@verizon.net.


Bagels and Tanach Study Group

Hosted by HBT members
5 Sundays: October 29, December 10, February 4, March 18, and May 6
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
For several years now a group of us have been gathering
 together to read and discuss the books of the Bible aside from the Five Books of Moses that constitute the Torah. The informal sessions have mostly been held at my home over brunch on Sunday mornings from 11 AM to 1 PM. At the close of last year we decided to start with the Book of Esther and then go to Chronicles. If you are interested in joining us you are most welcome.
Our sessions are held at members’ homes and are accompanied with brunch. Newcomers and drop-ins are always welcome.
For more information you can call Merle at: (617) 879 0491 or email her at mwolofsky@yahoo.com.

Torah Study

Led by Rabbi Penzner, 15 Saturday mornings, 8:45 - 9:45 am
October 6 & 20, November 3, December 8 & 22, 2018
January 5, February 2 & 16, March 2, 16 & 30, April 13, May 4 & 18, and June 8, 2019
In our Torah study group we bring our personal experence to the study of the weekly parasha (Torah portion) and learn from commentators past and present. At each meeting, we focus on a specific section of the portion as our jumping-off point in the ongoing interpretive tradition of Torah study. No Hebrew knowledge or prior experience is necessary. However we ask that participants prepare in advance by reading through the weekly the portion. Contact the rabbi if you would like to receive regular notifications of Torah study meetings and topics, rabbi@templehbt.org.

Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture

Friday Evening, November 2, 2018,
6:15-7:15 pm - Community Dinner
7:30-9:00 pm - Speaker
FEATURING: Congregant & scholar Debra Kaufman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University. Dr. Kaufman has lectured extensively and most recently is conducting seminars on Post Holocaust Identity narratives among young adults. The Allen J. Worters Lecture honors the pursuit of Jewish learning at HBT. Each year Jewish teachers, writers and thinkers look at various perspectives on Jewish identity. Eleven years ago, HBT created a permanent endowment to support this annual lecture in honor of congregant Allen J. Worters (of blessed memory). Our goal is to continue to raise money so the fund will continue in perpetuity and provide an honorarium for speakers from the accrued interest.
Dinner: $19 per adult
Lecture: suggested donation $36
We do not accept money on Shabbat. RSVP hbtoffice@templehbt.org, and pay in advance at the HBT office.

Book Read

“A Letter to My Palestinian Neighbor” Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7-8:30pm
Facilitated by Roxanne Kelber. Lifelong learning sponsors... a book read! “Letter to My Palestinian Neighbor” by Yossi Klein Halevi. Klein Halevi is also the author of “Like Dreamers”, which you may have read. The new book is a short but intriguing read as he addresses the Palestinians in understanding the Israeli/Jewish experience of settling Israel. His goal is to achieve a mutual recognition of the investment and trauma of both peoples in the land. His hope is that this will begin a conversation in finding ways to move forward towards peace. There are complex concepts that Klein Halevi encapsulates in succinct and simple ways. It is a captivating and informative book. This December read will bookend our short story reading in January and February.

AMERICAN JEWISH SHORT STORIES SERIES

4 Tuesdays: January 8 & 22, February 5 & 26, 2019, 7– 8:30pm
Discussion led by HBT congregant and scholar Michael Kaufman
Back by popular demand! Michael will facilitate discussions of selected short stories. Copies of these stories will be available in the temple office in December. Come experience these lively and thought provoking conversations!

Michael Kaufman has a doctorate in English and American literature, and has taught a broad variety of literary courses both within universities and outside academia to business and professional groups. For the past twelve years he has taught classes in Brandeis’ adult learning institute (BOLLI).

Homeopathy for the Jewish Soul

Homeopathy for the Jewish Soul, Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time and location TBA
A presentation, talk and questions with Jerry Kantor, a highly experienced practitioner of homeopathy as an integrative approach to illness and well being. This will be held in a private home with potluck brunch.