Sign In Forgot Password

2020 Theme: 
The Blessing of Community

January 10-12 Wiley Inn & Conf Center
$307/person double occupancy
$419/person single occupancy
Register Today!

  • Spend time with our clergy and fellow members
  • Excellent learning workshops & discussion
  • Nature walk in Gloucester

Book Talks: How To Fight Anti-Semitism
Please choose one option. The location for the first discussion will be emailed once the group has been formed. Please note there is a maximum of 8 participants per group.
Discussion Group 1: Tuesday, December 3 from 7-8:30 PM Registration is full.
Discussion Group 2: Sunday December 8 from 12:30-2 PM



Mindful Parenting of Teens and Tweens with Amy Behrens

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 17, 24; 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$99/ one parent or caregiver, $130 for two parents or caregivers

A dynamic four-part series designed to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to navigate the ups and downs of parenting.


Connecting Jewish Wisdom to 21st Century Living with Temple Shalom Staff and Clergy

Sunday mornings, Dec. 8, Jan.5, Feb. 2, March 1, April 5; 10:15-11:45 a.m.

These monthly sessions will explore the lessons gleaned from Jewish text and tradition and consider their application to today’s world. Each session covers a different topic relevant to parenting, raising Jewish children and being a whole parent in a complex world. No registration required.


Agreeing to Disagree the Jewish Way: An Introduction to Disagreeing with Civility and Respect with Rabbis Abrasley and Berry

Same class. Two locations.
Downtown Boston: Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 23, Feb. 13, April 16; 12-1:30 p.m., $54
Temple Shalom: Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, April 30; 12-1:30 p.m.. free

Today’s public discourse over heated ideological and political issues often seems impossible. Have we lost our way to really understand and engage in meaningful and constructive disagreement? Jewish tradition offers an excellent antidote for those who desire a different way to disagree more constructively. Rabbi Abrasley and Rabbi Berry will present the “how-to method” found at the core of all traditional Jewish study when study partners find themselves confronted with contradictory interpretations of Jewish texts.


Future of the Jewish State with Jonathan Golden of Gann Academy

Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19; 7:30-9 p.m. $52/participant

Together, we will grapple with the big questions facing Israel in 2019. How can Israel best live out its mission as a Jewish democracy? What is the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and what are the possible paths for Israel to pursue? What should the relationship be between religion and state in Israel? Come explore and discuss key stances on these questions in preparation for the March 2020 Temple Shalom trip to Israel. Open to all Temple members and especially encouraged for March 2020 Israel Trip participants. 


Dr. Jonathan Golden is the Israel Curriculum Coordinator and a history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham where he has taught since 1999. As a member of a Conservative synagogue in his childhood, a Reform community in college, modern Orthodox synagogues in his 20s and the independent Temple Beth Zion today, Dr. Golden is interested in historical and contemporary questions of Jewish pluralism. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his M.J.Ed. from Hebrew College and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Rothman Scholar in Residence - Dr. Susannah Heschel
December 6, 2019


Coming up this Winter and Spring 2020


Blessings of Community and Connection, Adult Kallah
January 10-12, 2020. Wylie Inn, Beverly, MA.

Adult Confirmation
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  (16 sessions)
Confirmation will take place on Shavuot, May 28, 2020, $300/participant

7-8 p.m. Prayerbook Hebrew I or II (we will work with you to determine your level on the first evening of class)
8:15-9:15 p.m. Judaic Learning

Prayerbook Hebrew 1
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19 (15 sessions), 7-8 p.m., $100/participant

Using the book Aleph Isn’t Enough as a base, students will study vocabulary, basic grammar and sentence structure in order to understand the meaning of select prayers. Practice reading and chanting prayers will round out the class time.

Prayerbook Hebrew 2
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19 (15 sessions), 7-8 p.m., $100/participant

Using the book Bet is for B’reishit as a base, students will increase their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and Hebrew sentence structure working with select Torah texts. In-class reading practice will focus on Torah texts and not reading/chanting prayers.

Conversational Hebrew
Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 19 (4 sessions), 7:30-8:45 p.m., $52/participant, cap of 20 participants

Interested in expanding your Hebrew vocabulary? Hoping to order at a restaurant in Israel without shame? This class might be for you! With an emphasis on food, music, history and politics, this course is a great fit for those traveling to Israel with us and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge.

2020 Altshuler Scholar in Residence, Dr. Reuven Firestone 
March 13-15, 2020

Dr. Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, California, and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Recipient of numerous research fellowships and university invitations, he is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin (summers, 2017-2019) and Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Zürich (2018). Firestone has served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and has initiated and continues to be involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews Muslims and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians. He received rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR in 1982.

Jewish Men: Wisdom and Ethics - A Discussion Group with Josh Conescu
Breakfast 8-9:15 AM, March 24, 31, April 14, 28 Cost: $36

Jewish men have been in the news lately and not always for the right reasons. Bernie Madoff, Howard Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein to name a few are triggering and controversial figures. In a world where things are increasingly uncertain, men of integrity, honesty and grit are needed more than ever. Together, we will study and discuss wisdom, law and stories from Jewish tradition to help us to understand and unpack what it means to be a Jewish man in 2020.

Modern Jewish Mysticism taught by Mary Jane Suzman.
Spring 2020. Dates and other information TBD.


Thu, November 14 2019 16 Cheshvan 5780