Weekly Study


Weekly Study

Weekly classes at Temple Israel are informal, accessible, free and in English.  Rabbi Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Sobo leads a casual discussion of the text allowing lots of time for questions and comments. Many participants have attended for years, but newcomers are always welcome.

Weekly Torah Portion

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.
Temple Israel Library
Come to discuss the weekly Torah portion. Coffee and sweets are provided. Copies of the text will be available, but you may also bring your own. The discussion ends at 10:30 a.m. when services begin. You may stay for services or leave after class. It’s up to you.


Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Israel Library
Mussar is a long-standing tradition of Jewish ethics with a particular focus on character formation.  We will join together to explore selections from the Mussar tradition, in text and in practice.  The goal of the class is to not only take a more academic approach to Jewish ethics and ethical literature, but also to use some of the techniques of the Mussar movement, both traditional and modern, to deepen our own understanding of ourselves and push ourselves to live up to the best that is within each one of us.  All are welcome, absolutely no previous knowledge or experience required. 


Wednesdays, noon
Temple Israel Library
Rabbi Sobo leads Talmud study. Bring a lunch. Discussion ranges from the structure and history of Talmud, the text itself, and implications for our lives. Class ends at 1:00 p.m.


Jewish Literacy

Sundays, Noon
Temple Israel
Rabbi Bodney-Halasz takes the class through Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s “Jewish Literacy” book and provides space for congregants to discuss a wide variety of topics brought in by Rabbi Bodney-Halasz.  Those topics can range from Israel, Jewish identity, theology, current events and all things in between.  No prior participation is necessary.