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 2021-2022

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

Office Opens: Monday, October 18, 2021
Fall Term Begins: Monday, November 3, 2021
No Classes: Thanksgiving Week. November 22-27, 2021
Winter Term Begins: Monday, January 3, 2022
Spring Term Begins: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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




Linda Albert
Larry Auerbach
Richard Benedum, D.M.A.
Susan Benjamin
Keith S. Coker
Kevin Costello
Bill Cotter, J.D.
Robert de Warren
Renee DiNapoli
Kathy Doddridge
Joyce Doran
Rachel Zohar Dulin, Ph.D.
Edward J. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Wayne Eastep
Jonathan Epstein
Dan Fine
Ruth Fishel
Gregg Flowers
Andrew Ford
Phillip Gainsley
Robert Gary
Barbara Glatt, Ph.D.
Susan Goldfarb
Ken Hanson, Ph.D.
Lael Hazan
David Houle
Brandi Johnson
Philip Kotler, Ph.D.
Randi Kreiss
Mark Kroll
John Lambie
Michael Lasser
Gayle Lewis, J.D.
Charles Lieberman, Ph.D.
Gary Massel, Ph.D.
Dilip Mathur
David Miano, Ph.D.
Baila Miller
Ronni Miller
Gus Mollasis
Kathie Moon
Brian Nell, A.P., D.O.M.
Jean Joseph Renoux
John Rixse
Paul Sarno
Martin Schneit
Helen Schwartz
Melissa Kotler Schwartz
Emme Shapiro
Laurence Siegel
Sabrina Silverberg
Joe Simonetta
George Stassa, M.D.
Steven Stark-Riemer
Betsy Tomasso
Dick Wegman
Racelle R. Weiman, Ph.D.
Mark Weston
Karen Willey