Temple Israel University (TIU)
Lifelong learning is a core value at Temple Israel, and TIU is the umbrella under which all adult education happens. It is a mitzvah to study – we aim to deepen your Jewish life at Temple throughout your adult years. No experience is necessary!
TIU classes are taught by our knowledgeable clergy and special guests who cover a range of subjects from Israeli politics to forgiveness. Classes are livestreamed to our Facebook page and on Zoom.
In addition to our recurring TIU Classes mentioned below, there is a variety of limited edition classes each month. Please check our calendar for the current schedule of offerings.
Recurring TIU Classes
Virtual Weekly Torah Study
Weekly Torah Study happens each Saturday with Temple Israel’s greatest teachers and clergy.
Adult Ulpan (Hebrew)
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? Join Hebrew classes for adults regardless of your proficiency. All are welcome!
Classes are taught by Baraba Mansberg, Teri Peacock, and Janet Zale.
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 class is a prerequisite to Embracing Judaism, a course for those entering the conversion process.
Click here to learn more.
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.
Listen to “Judy Bearman and Sally Rosenberg on Embracing Judaism” on Torah to the People (the Temple Israel podcast) for an overview of what the class is like!
Soul Searching: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life with Dr. Joe Levy
Dr. Joe Levy returns to teach Pirkei Avot under a new class name, Soul Searching: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life. Dr. Levy will help us understand the lessons from a text written ~1800 years ago and share how they can enhance and guide our modern lives.
This class meets at the beginning of the year. Please visit the calendar for the current schedule.