Temple Israel's Adult Jewish Learning Opportunities:

interfaithInterfaith Theology Course

Tuesdays 11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm, beginning Sept. 12

Westport/Weston clergy of all faiths are joining together to offer this brand-new course on interfaith theology. Each clergy member will teach a segment of the course, enabling us to learn a multitude of perspectives on creation, revelation, redemption, good & evil, covenant and many other topics. Together with our neighbors, we will listen and share with mutual respect and openness in order to achieve greater understanding of others and ourselves. No registration is necessary.


jewish holidaysAdult Learning Chavurah

 Thursdays at 9:30 am ~ 10:45 am
This class meets weekly from Sept. 14 until May 17

(No class on Oct. 5, 12; Nov. 23, Dec. 28)

The Jewish holidays weave a rich tapestry that help us connect to our history and heritage. Through text, art, music and story, we will dive into the sacred seasons with an interest in both their origins as well as the resonance they can hold for us as modern Jews. This class will be co-taught by Rabbi Danny Moss and Director of Education Orly Mendelson. Some class sessions will focus specifically on Hebrew texts, though translation will always accompany; no prior experience is necessary. This course is open to all. Register here.


Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman HeadshotHow do we Talk about Science and Religion? With Rabbi Geoff Mitelman

Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11:00 am

For centuries, religion provided answers for our ancestors to all of life’s questions. But as modern Jews, we usually look to science to tell us where we came from, who we are, or even how we should act. So how can we reconcile science and religion in today’s world? Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, will tackle this topic.



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The library is an inviting space to search for a book or just sit comfortably and read a magazine or study. The online catalog makes it easy to find a specific title or browse the stacks. 
Books may be borrowed by signing them out in the open loose-leaf binder and putting the card from the book into the plastic box; both the box and binder are on the bookcase to your immediate right when entering the library. The library is open whenever the building is open.

If you never had the chance to celebrate a Bat or Bar Mitzvah as a child, now is your chance!

For questions or more information about the next class, please contact Rabbi Friedman at mfriedman@tiwestport.org

The next book group will meet on Thursday, October 12 at 12:30 pm

 Please join us every month or any month to enjoy engaging discussions and rich fellowship. Copies of each book are on reserve at the Westport Public Library. Feel free to bring your lunch along with your insights and opinions. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served. Book group discussion leaders are Harriet Selverstone and Freda Easton. No RSVP necessary. 

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact the Temple Office, 203 227-1293.

2017-2018 Schedule



the extra 

December 14

The Extra, by A.B. Yehoshua 




January 11

All The Rivers, by Dorit Rabinyan



two she bears

March 8

Two She-Bears, by Meir Shalev 

This is a story of village love and vengeance in the early days of British Palestine that is still being played out two generations later. This text is rich with grit, humor, and near-magical evocation of Israeli rural life. It is a tale of friendship between men, of love and betrayal, where forgiveness, atonement and understanding can finally happen.



genius of judaism

April 12

The Genius of Judaism, by Bernard-Henri Levy

For more than 4 decades, the author has been a singular figure on the world stage. In this text he confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him, but has never fully reckoned with. This book is a vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew.  It is rooted in Talmudic traditions of  argument and conflict.


a horse walks into a bar

May 10

A Horse Walks Into a Bar, by David Grossman

Words from novelist Gary Shteyngart: “a magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance.” The story takes place over the course of 2 hours. This book won the Man Booker International Prize.



my jewish year

June 14

My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew,  by Abigail Pogrebin

The author wanted to understand what kept the holidays alive and vibrant. She embarked on an entire year of intense research, observation, and writing about the milestones on the Jewish calendar. She uses candor, humor, and a trove of information. The chapters are interspersed with brief reflections from prominent rabbis and Jewish thinkers.




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