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Temple Israel University

Lifelong learning is a core value at Temple Israel and T.I.U. is the umbrella under which all adult education happens. It is a mitzvah to study and our aim is to deepen your Jewish life at Temple throughout your adult years. No experience is necessary! 

T.I.U. began in June 2020 online. When it is safe to meet in person, our virtual academy of Jewish learning will move back on-site on our main campus and our TI-Crosstown space. Please check our calendar for more details.

Please write T.I.U.’s Registrar, Lynn Owen, regarding any questions on the upcoming courses below. For 20s/30s only classes and discussions, please contact Paige Mandelman.

Weekly Torah Study

Weekly Torah Study with Temple Israel’s Greatest Teachers: Taught by Rabbis Danziger, Greenstein, Simons, and Wohlner, Dr. Joe Levy, and Sally Rosenberg

Consider turning every Saturday morning into Shabbat simply by tuning in at 10 am from wherever you are. This weekly offering is intended for every post-Confirmation age member of Temple, whether 18 or 81. This offering begins on June 6, 2020.

Learn about Jewish Prayer Services

Everything You Wanted to Know About Jewish Prayer Services But Were Afraid To Ask! Understanding the prayer service for Shabbat is part of a larger frame – Jewish prayer itself.  Join Rabbi Micah Greenstein on three Fridays at noon a for lunch and learn on October 16, 23, & 30, and you will leave this series knowing the meaning, history, and structure of the Jewish prayer service.  This class promises to make your future Shabbat worship experiences more accessible, understandable, and enjoyable!  CLICK HERE to register for the Zoom link. Questions?  Email Lynn Owen.  

Ask the Rabbis

Everything You Wanted To Ask The Rabbi About Judaism But Were Afraid To Ask. Rabbis Bess, Jeremy, and Micah would love to field your questions and share answers to your questions on three Wednesday evenings, November 18, January 13, and March 24. Simply submit your questions to Lynn Owen two weeks before each session in this new series, and your rabbis look forward to answering what is likely to be of interest to lots of people. All questions will be given to the rabbis anonymously, so please don’t be shy. Please visit timemphis.org for the Zoom link to these three sessions with our rabbis!

Samples of Past Programs

How To Raise a Jewish Child: Birth to Age Four

Taught by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, this three-part series for expectant parents and parents with newborns is a reprise of Rabbi Greenstein’s parenting class on building the foundation of a Jewish self. This class will meet virtually on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm; topics include brit milah (ritual circumcision); brit bat naming ceremonies for girls; names and announcements; creating a Jewish space at home; synagogue community; and living in Jewish time. The purpose of these sessions is to equip parents with Jewish knowledge and choices from birth to age four, as well as answer any questions. The dates of this class are June 10, 17, and 24.

Give Us A Few Hours, And You’ll Be Reading Hebrew!

Do you want to learn how to decode the Hebrew alphabet? Care to brush up on what you once learned in Hebrew school? We will continue Hebrew classes in August 2020 for adults regardless of proficiency. Simply share your level of Hebraic knowledge with Lynn Owen and classes will be crafted accordingly. This class is taught by Baraba Mansberg, Teri Peacock, and Janet Zale.

Kabbalah: What It Is & Why People Are So Hungry For It

There is more to reality than meets the eye. Kabbalah reveals the unseen through a Jewish lens. Pop culture has both enlarged awareness and distorted an authentic explanation of what Kabbalah is. This three-part series will introduce Kabbalah and provide resources for further study. Taught by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, this class will meet on August 3, 10, and 17 at 7 pm.

Exploring Judaism – The Fundamentals of Judaism

If you have been Jewish your entire life but never fully understood why we do what we do as Jews, or if you are simply interested in Judaism and want to go deeper, this course is a college-level seminar taught by the rabbis of Temple Israel. The class text is the Union for Reform Judaism’s Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity. This course is for lifelong Jews as well as a prerequisite for anyone contemplating conversion to Judaism at Temple Israel. Taught by Temple clergy, this series will begin in January 2021.

Embracing Judaism – Becoming a Jew

This marvelous experiential course for future Jews-by-Choice is by invitation only following each conversion candidate’s rabbinic sponsorship with Temple Israel clergy. Taught by Judy Bearman and Sally Rosenberg, this class begins anew following each Exploring Judaism cycle.

Sunday Mornings with Bearman & Levy

For over three decades, Leo Bearman, Jr. and Dr. Joe Levy have riveted adult learners with Sunday morning classes in Jewish literature and Jewish ethics. Online classes have yet to be determined, but look forward to the upcoming stellar teaching of Temple’s most veteran teachers, Leo and Joe!

ConnecTI Learning Circles

Temple Israel is proud of the organic community of Jewish natives and newcomers under age 40 known as “ConnecTI.” In addition to social justice initiatives, volunteering opportunities, and community talks at TI-Crosstown, 20s/30s learning circles extend from book clubs to Shabbat Schmooze. For more information on ConnecTI learning opportunities, contact Paige Mandelman at paigem@timemphis.org.

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