2016-2017 Schedule TBD

Kibbitz with the Clergy
Once a month beginning after the High Holidays, Sundays, 11 a.m., Media Center
Once a month a different member of our Clergy will lead a discussion on a topic of their choice. Watch the eTidings for dates and topics beginning in November.

everydayholinessSeeking Everyday Holiness: The Mussar Path of Jewish Spirituality
Sundays, October 30 and November 6 & 13, 10:30 a.m.
Mussar is a centuries old Jewish body of teachings, a perspective, and a disciplined practice that provides distinctively Jewish answers to the sorts of questions any thinking person asks about life:

  • Why do I keep making the same mistakes over and over?
  • Why do I cause pain to myself and others?
  • What steps can I take to bring my life closer to my spiritual potential?
  • Are there lessons I can learn from the experiences of previous generations?

Mussar provides guidance in identifying your uniquely personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to help bring about that growth. Seeking Everyday Holiness is a program developed by Alan Morinis the founder and Dean of The Mussar Institute .  This course is being taught in Reform synagogues throughout the United States.The course will delve into nine of the soul-traits including humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order and honor, among others. There will be weekly group meetings and weekly periods of personal study and practice.

soundsinsilenceSounds in Silence: An Introduction to Jewish Meditation
Sundays, February 5 & 12, 10:30 a.m.
Jewish meditation has experienced a revival in the past ten years.  Jewish meditation is rooted in the Torah, grew in the time of the Rabbis, and flourished in the Middle Ages through the teachings of Jewish mysticism.  Today, mediation helps us develop a “mindful” awareness of our souls and the world.  Meditation also provides a means for enriching our experiences during services.  By developing our inner life, we more openly relate to others and live with greater wisdom.  The workshop will introduce you to several forms of modern Jewish meditation. Each session is independent you can attend one or both. 

Temple TED Talks
Sundays, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 26 and April 30, 11 a.m., Media Center
Join us as congregants share their favorite TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks and lead a conversation about the topic. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow Temple Israel congregants in a casual, comfortable environment. Coffee and bagels will be available.


Temple Israel Book Club
Sundays, August 21, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12,
March 26 and April 23, 10 a.m., Media Center
All are welcome to join our book club. Each month we will be reading and discussing a different book. Watch the eTidings to find out what book will be read. Newcomers are welcome. If you would like to join the book club or would like more information, please contact Program Director Scott Littky.