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A Reform Jewish Community for all of Tucson
225 North Country Club • Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 327-4501 • Fax: (520) 327-4504
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Yom Chamishi, 26 Tammuz 5774

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Adult Education Academy

Temple Emanu-El's Adult Education Academy provides relevant, vibrant and meaningful Jewish learning experiences to meet the diverse needs of all our congregants. In addition to formal educational opportunities, there are a variety of informal educational experiences such as Torah and Talmud study. Classes are open to the entire Jewish community. The scope of class offerings is extraordinary. The class schedule includes semester long and multi-year courses, as well as occasional short-term courses.

Click on a class title for more information or to register for classes.

Simply Shabbat is an exploration of the Friday evening Shabbat Service, with explanations of the service and introductions to Shabbat songs and prayers in a slower-paced, non-threatening celebrations of the Sabbath. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg lead this open approach to understanding the rituals, history and practice of a Reform Sabbath experience. Instead of a sermon, there is a question-and-answer session. Come find out what Shabbat is all about! All are welcome.

Simply Shabbat is a part of the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

Read more: Simply Shabbat

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Staff, and Discussion Leaders

An open, interactive exploration of the Torah portion of the week.

Free and open to all -- come and study with us!  No registration is necessary.
Saturdays from 8:30 am to 10:00 am (except Saturdays with a Rabbi's Tish).

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Temple Emanu-El's Taste of Judaism program offers free introductory classes that explore Judaism, Jews and Israel through learning, discussion, stories, jokes, and, of course, sampling of traditional Jewish foods. The class is in three 2-hour sessions and is open to the entire community.

Taste of Judaism classes are an open, interactive explortion of history and practice of Judaism in 3 sessions that discuss Jewish Spirituality, Values and Community, led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and staff. This is an exciting learning opportunity for all who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, history, rituals and practice; who want to learn more about the Reform Jewish perspective; or are simply curious about Judaism. The classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Please call Mila Vasser at (520) 327-4501 ext. 27 for more information and to register.

This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

FREE, but you must register by calling Mila at (520) 327-4501.
Sundays, August 10, 17, 24, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Tucson Hebrew Academy at 3888 East River Road - ***
Parallel children's programming for this series***
Wednesdays, August 27; September 3, 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bear Canyon Library
Thursdays, August 28, September 4, 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El
Fridays, September 5, 12, 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Green Valley
Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El (free childcare provided - please mention when calling)
Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Nanini Library, 7300 North Shannon Road
Sundays, September 29, October 6, 13, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Staff, and You!

This is a wonderful opportunity to probe the text of the weekly Torah portion in depth, as well as to discuss and argue with your fellow students at an extended, interactive Torah study and potluck lunch.  Join us for the best casual lunch and finest Jewish conversation in Tucson!

Free and open to all.  No registration is necessary.  Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
Saturdays at 12:00 noon
August 17; September 28; October 26; November 16; December 21; January 25; March 1, 22; April 19; May 3 

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Temple Emanu-El's Adult Confirmation program provides the adult Jewish learner with the opportunity for directed education at the most advancedlevel.  A two-year program with significant prerequisites and substantive ongoing requirements, it offers an exciting and challenging approach to creating heightened Jewish knowledge, awareness, comprehension, and creativity.  Classes emphasize an interactive seminar format with required outside reading and writing.  The framework for course study is "Moments of Revolution in Judaism".  Each block is organized around one such central moment in Jewish history, with all of its implications for the development of Judaism and with a full exploration of its relevance today.  In the course of the two years of study, each Adult Confirmand will create his or her own Jewish theology, exploring and explicating her or his own beliefs about God, Torah, and Israel.  

Adult Confirmation is the most advanced and challenging Adult Jewish Education experience available in Arizona. Adult Confirmation concludes with a confirmation ceremony and a service led by the confirmation students in the spring of 2016.

The Adult Confirmation program is only available to members of Temple Emanu-El. Please contact our office for a list of course prerequisites in order to prepare to enter the Adult Confirmation program in the fall of 2014.

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Dr. Eliot Barron

The Talmud is a treasure trove of Jewish lore, legend, and wisdom.  Study excerpts are from the excellent Hebrew-English Talmud of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.  No prior Talmud or Hebrew knowledge is necessary. 

Registration Fee: One time $18 charge for materials.  If interested, contact Eliot Barron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Beginning October 9th. 

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Rabbi Richard Safran, Rabbi Sandy Seltzer, Rabbi Batsheva Appel

The only thing hotter than the desert sun will be the blazing intellect and fiery discussion at the Adult Education Academy's summer series.

Registration Fee:
Entire Series: $30 for members, $40 for non-members

Single Class: $12 for members, $15 for non-members
Two Classes: $20 for members, $26 for non-members

Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
June 12: Seeking Ethics and Values -- Guidance from the Past; Rabbi Richard Safran
June 19: Declaring Israel the State of the Jewish People -- Ethical Implications and Theological Challenges for Jews, Christians and Muslims; Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
June 26: The Sabbatical Year -- What Does Shmitta Mean for Us?; Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Read more: Summer 5774/2014: Hot Topics in the Hot Sun

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Anti-Semitism is the oldest, most persistent, and one of the most virulent forms of systematic hatred the world has ever seen. For over 2000 years Jews have experienced actively anti-Semitic persecution in a wide variety of countries and societies with tragic consequences. This course will explore the sources, etiology, and systematic issues that have created and "nurtured" anti-Semitism in various forms throughout history, and which continue to threaten Jews today. Why, from Constantine to the Quenelle, have Jews been singled out for this permicious form of persecution? Which factors contribute to its prevalence in some regions, and why has it diminished so drastically in America? And will anti-Semitism ever disappear?

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
July 3, 10, 17. 

Read more: Summer 5774/2014: Blame the Jews -- From Byzantium to Blood Libel to BDS -- the Origins, History,...