About Us


WHAT: Temple Beth Israel is a not-for-profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN 59-1970401. It offers non-credit courses for adults in the fine and applied arts, humanities, liberal arts, and natural and social sciences. Also available are recreational classes, field trips to local organizations, daytrips to art museums, a lecture series, and performing arts programs.

WHERE: The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel is located at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida 34228. It’s just past the LBK Post Office and one street north of Publix.

MISSION: We believe that lifelong learning keeps the mind active, and the spirit young. The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel provides enrichment programming and lifelong learning for all adults regardless of residence or educational background. A desire to continue learning is the only prerequisite.

WHEN: The Education Center is open from October to late April. The programs are divided into three terms; Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Office Opens: Monday, October 17, 2022
Fall Term Begins: Monday, November 7, 2022
No Classes: Thanksgiving Week. November 21-26, 2022
Winter Term Begins: Monday, January 2, 2023
Spring Term Begins: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  You may register by e-mail any time after the brochure has been posted by clicking on the registration page, completing the requested information, and clicking the SUBMIT button at the bottom of that page. 

Make checks payable to The Education Center at TBI.  Mail to 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida 34228.

If registering by phone, e-mail or online, a check must follow within one week to finalize registration.

Note: By late October we will be able to take credit cards!!

Many of our programs, especially in January and February, sell out months in advance, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Registration is not final until fees have been paid.

REFUNDS: NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED UNLESS A PROGRAM IS CANCELLED BY THE EDUCATION CENTER. As a membership benefit, members are eligible for credit if they withdraw from a program. Members must notify the office at least one week before the program begins to be eligible for a credit. Credits are issued at the sole discretion of the program director and must be used by the end of the following season.

GUESTS: All guests must be reported to the office before entering a class. Guest fees are pro-rated at non-member prices based on the course tuition.

FRIENDS OF THE EDUCATION CENTER at TBI: Becoming a Friend of The Education Center at TBI entitles students to reduced fees, priority registration, and many other benefits. Click on the BECOME A MEMBER page for complete information.


The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel

Isaac Azerad—Executive Director
Susan Goldfarb—Program Director
Charity Kurtyka—Program Administrator
Carl Kurtyka—Technical Director




Larry Auerbach
Richard Benedum, D.M.A.
Susan Benjamin
Michael Boorstein
Louise Bruderle
Herb Cohen, Ph.D.
Keith S. Coker
Kevin Costello
Bill Cotter, J.D.
Renee DiNapoli
Kathy Doddridge
Joyce Doran,
Bianca Clyburn
Rachel Zohar Dulin, Ph.D.
Edward J. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Wayne Eastep
Jonathan Epstein
Dan Fine
Ruth Fishel
Andrew Ford
Louise Forman
Walter Frank
Phillip Gainsley
Louise Gallagher
Robert Gary
Susan Goldfarb
Gale Hacker
Harold Halpern
Ken Hanson, Ph.D.
Lael Hazan
Doug Knowlton
Gene Kopelson, M.D.
Philip Kotler, Ph.D.
Randi Kreiss
Mark Kroll
Michael Lasser
Gayle Lewis, J.D.
Robert Lieber, Ph.D.
Charles Lieberman, Ph.D.,
Gary Massel, Ph.D.
Dilip Mathur
David Milberg
Ronni Miller
Gus Mollasis
Kathie Moon
Sandra Moulin
Brian Nell, A.P., D.O.M.
Bernice Pelea
Elliot Prout
Travis Ray
Jean Joseph Renoux
John Rixse
Cliff Roles
Steve Schewe
Martin Schneit
Melissa Kotler Schwartz
Emme Shapiro
Michael Sherrow
Betty Silberman
Joe Simonetta
George Stassa, M.D.
Diane Steinbrink
Tama Tasley
Betsy Tomasso
Charles Troy
Robert Vodnoy, D.M.A.
Dick Wegman
Racelle R. Weiman, Ph.D.