Lifelong Learning at Temple Israel of Greater Miami

Jewish study is a lifelong process–the more you know, the more you realize you have yet to learn. Explore Jewish history, thought and ethics, and you’re bound to be intrigued by concepts and insights that lead you farther down the path to discovery. Along the way, gain a deeper understanding of your personal spiritual connection, as well as an appreciation for Judaism’s wisdom about the human condition. Temple Israel offers a variety of entry points along the path of lifelong Jewish learning, including the following.

Spring 2017


  • Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • January: 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March: 7, 14, 21, 28
The Zohar is a central work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah. It consists of mystical commentaries on the Torah with lots of fascinating mythic material and deep psychological insights. It contains discussions of the origin and structure of the universe, the process of spiritual evolution, and ways in which we can fulfill our purpose as human beings. Join us in Kaplan Hall.   Facilitators: Atle Vere and Ruth Marks

Beginning Hebrew

  • Thursdays 1:00 p.m.
  • March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Do you know the difference between an alef and bet? Is your Hebrew a little rusty? Do you want to be able to read Hebrew and learn as your child is learning? Well, this class is for you! We will go over every letter and vowel, learn the correct pronunciations, and will learn vocabulary words as we go along. Held in the Library Lounge. Facilitator: Karen Susman RSVP for seating.

Intermediate Hebrew

  • Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
  • February: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March: 7, 14, 21, 28
Now that you know your alef from your bet, what’s next? Come to this class and find out! We will be putting into use what you learned in the Beginning Hebrew Class by starting to read and chant our Shabbat Prayers and learn easy conversational Hebrew words. We meet in the Religious School Office. Facilitators: Marc Lamb RSVP for seating.

The Open Book

  • Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • January 12 - The Kabbalat Shabbat service
  • February 9 - Morning Blessings & Pesukei D'zimra
  • March 9 - The Shema & Its Blessings
  • April 13 - The Shemona Esrei/Amidah
  • May 11 - The Kaddish
Rabbi Tom Heyn, Chaya Lerner (Aleph Rabbinical Pastor Student), and Atle Vere will begin “The Open Book.” We will be discussing the siddur in relation to Social Action (Tikkun Olam), Psychospiritually (Tikkun HaNefesh), and Mystical perspectives. Please join us the second Thursday of each month, in Kaplan Hall, at 7:00 p.m.  Facilitators: Rabbi Tom, Chaya Lerner, and Atle Vere

Study Around Joseph’s Table

  • Saturdays
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Join TI members and friends on Shabbat morning for a soulful and thought-provoking discussion Around Joseph’s Table. Using the weekly Torah portion as an entry point into the wellspring of Jewish wisdom, the discussion revolves around texts and teachings from our tradition’s spiritual masters, including contemporary insights from our life experiences. Our friend and mentor Joseph Grosbard is no longer with us, but his presence remains around the table.