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.

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Torah Study

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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).

 

 

Fall 5777/2016: Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew

Marjorie Hochberg
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Learn reading and comprehension skills for Jewish participation, prayer, and vocabulary.  This class is a natural follow-up for anyone who has taken Hebrew Marathon or has a basic knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, and pronunciation.

Registration Fee: $55 for members; $70 for non-members per semester
Sundays, 10:20 am to 11:20 am

November 6, 13, 20; December 4

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Fall 5777/2016: Hebrew Marathon

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Learn to read Hebrew in two fun sessions -- just seven hours -- guaranteed!  This year, read along with the prayers at services, and make Hebrew a language you know.

Registration Fee: $55 for members; $70 for non-members

Sunday, August 28, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, August 29, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 30, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, October 31, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 22, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 23, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Fall 5777/2016 - Unscrolling the Megillot +1

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The Book of Esther is not the only Megillah scroll, associated with a Jewish holiday. The Books of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs also each have a place in the Jewish calendar. These scrolls represent a range of literary genres from wisdom literature to novella to farce to elegy to love poetry. Two of the books are named for and tell the stories of strong women. The +1? That is the Book of Jonah, not a scroll in the strictest sense, but it shares some common characteristics with our five Megillot. We will read this amazing group of books, looking at their context, their history, their
narratives and techniques, and what lessons in each one we can apply to our own lives.

Registration Fees: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
November 12; December 3; January 14; February 11 

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Fall 5777/2016 - An Introduction to Mussar

Reb Sandra Wortzel

Develop deep listening skills working in Chevrutah (partner study), a commitment to one’s own spiritual path with the support of a companion and the group…Sensitivity, vulnerable, etc. Participants will need to purchase the book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis 

Registration Fees: $95 for the full year (members); $115 (non-members)


Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; September 12, 19, 26; October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 30; December 5

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Fall 5777/2016: On Wings of Awe

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur matter this time around! For everyone who has ever struggled through a long Days of Awe service and wondered why he or she was there, this is a two-part exploration of the great themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer, including an introduction to the music. Two sessions with honey cake, tea, and coffee at the break. Fun, informative, entertaining, and different. Everyone receives a free CD of High Holy Days music as well!

 

Registration Fees: $35 for members; $45 for non-members
Sundays, 10:00 am to 11:45 am; September 18, 25

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Fall 5777/2016: Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew

Marjorie Hochberg
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Learn reading and comprehension skills for Jewish participation, prayer, and vocabulary. This class is a natural follow-up for anyone who has taken Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew or has a moderate knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, and pronunciation.

Registration Fee: $55 for members; $70 for non-members per semester

Sundays, 9:00 am to 10:15 am
November 6, 13, 20; December 4
 

 

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Adult Confirmation 2015-2017

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

A continuing class from 2015/2016, Temple Emanu-El’s Adult Confirmation program provides the adult Jewish learner with the opportunity for directed education at the most advanced level. 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. 

Fall 2016: Rashi and the Rediscovery of Torah & the Birth of Jewish Philosophy
Spring 2017: Emancipation, Modernity, Ideologies, and Me


Adult Confirmation is the most advanced and challenging Adult Jewish Education experience available in Arizona and concludes with an Adult Confirmation ceremony and service led by the Confirmation students in the spring of 2017. The program is only available to members of Temple Emanu-El.


Registration Fees: $250 for members only.
The class will again be open to new student enrollment in the 5778 year.

 
Registration Fees: $250 for members
Thursdays, 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm
January 6, 20, 27; February 10, 17; March 2, 16, 30; April 6, 20; May 4, 18
 

Fall 5776/2015: Two-Year Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

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A two-year program that prepares participants for a group Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen Jewish knowledge and commitment. The required courses in this first year include completion of a Hebrew Marathon and a follow-up Beginning Hebrew class, as well as completion of the Basic Judaism course. The second year course in 5777 leads to direct participation in a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service in the spring of 2017.


Registration Fees: $300 for the full 5777 year, including all materials

Sundays, 10:00 am to 11:15 am; October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 15, 22, 29;
February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
Saturday, May 20th, 10:00 am, Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service

Fall 5777/2016: Intermediate Hebrew II

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Margaret Kendle

Understanding the nuances of the Hebrew can enrich one’s Torah reading and prayer experience! Through interactive practice and personal study, students have been broadening their ability to translate biblical and liturgical material. The class is structured by The First Hebrew Primer, Third Edition, Simon, Resnikoff and Motzkin, EKS Publishing, but is enhanced by the weekly Parsha and the Mishkan T’filah siddur. New students are welcome and encouraged to be familiar with the concepts of the first 18 chapters of our text as well as having working knowledge of the vocabulary already presented.


Registration Fees: $95 for the full year (members); $115 (non-members)

Mondays with changes for the holidays. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; September 12, 19, 26; October 5,
10, 19, 26, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 18, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20;
March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 19, 24; May 1

 

 

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Fall 5777/2016: The Genesis Project

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Was the Flood real? Is the Ark the most powerful Biblical metaphor or a transformed recollection of a real event? Are the Noahide laws actually present in Genesis? We begin at Genesis 6:1 and will continue to read and discuss this fundamental text of Judaism every week. The Genesis Project differs from weekly Shabbat Torah Study in that it is a continuous reading of Torah rather than being limited to the weekly Torah portion. The goal is a continuous reading to better understand the flow and linkages throughout the Torah.


Session I: September 13, 20, 27; October 18, 25; November 1, 8
Session II: November 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 17, 24
Session III: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14
Session IV: March 21, 28; April 4, 18, 25; May 2, 9


Registration Fees: $55 per session, 4 sessions per year, $150 for the full year for members $70 per session or $200 for non-members

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Fall 5777/2016: Practical Judaism

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Through mitzvot, sacred Jewish obligations, we can change our lives and elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Jewish ritual can sometimes seem complex, and the "how" of Judaism can feel like something that was taught on the day that we missed class. This class is all about how to do ritual mitzvot, and how to fulfill the ritual aspects of Judaism.  We will learn about mitzvot for the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from Shabbat to Passover to Hanukkah and more. We will explore the mitzvot for life cycle events such as weddings, funerals, brit milah, and baby naming. We will examine the mitzvah of tzedakah, charity. In each instance, we will be actively doing andpracticing each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.

Registration Fees: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
October 18, November 15, December 6, January 17, February 7, March 7, April 4

Model Seder: April 4, Fee for model seder only: $10.00

 

 

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Spring 5776/2016 - Jesus and Judaism: Ways That Never Parted

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Over the centuries, Jesus has played a significant role, both negative and positive, in Jewish history. In our sessions, we will explore three critical illustrations not only of his importance in the spiritual life of the Jewish people, but in the philosophy of Zionism as well. 

Session I: Jesus in Jewish Tradition: Rejection and Reclamation
Session II: Jesus and the Charismatic Figure of the Hasidic Rebbe-Parallels and Distinctions
Session III: Jesus as the Consummate Symbol of Ethical Zionism in Modern Hebrew Literature.

Registration Fees: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; November 1, 8, 15

 

 

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Spring 5777/2016: The Wednesday Sefer Book Club: A Monthly Coffehouse of Contemporary Jewish Literature

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon & Rabbi Sanford Sletzer

Join us for reading, discussion, insight, stimulating argument and good coffee at this monthly book group exploring the latest in Jewish literature.  A vibrant exploration of the best of contemporary fiction and non-fiction.  The books for the 5775 series are listed below. Click the picture to buy the book from Amazon. 

October 5: How’s Your Faith? by David Gregory

 

November 2: The Last Flight of Poxl West, by Daniel Torday

 December 7: Invisible City, by Julia Dahl

 

January 18: Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,

by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

 

February 1: The Betrayers, by David Bezmozgis

 

March 1: Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

 

  April 12: Doomed to Succeed, by Dennis Ross & Trouble in the Tribe, by Dov Waxman

  

May 3: The Nazi Hunters, by Andrew Nagorski

 

                      

Registration Fees: For the entire 2016-17 series, $55 for members; $70 for non-members.
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Fall 5777/2016: The Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching. One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language. The Zohar’s secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy. This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables
even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text. In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the “locked garden” of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.

 


Introductory Class: Welcome to the Zohar - Thursdays, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm; August 18, 25
Registration Fees: $25 for members; $35 for non-members


Regular Course: The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - Thursdays, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Registration Fees Per Session: $55 for members; $70 for non-members, 5 sessions per year, $200 for the full year for members; $250 for the full year for non-members

Session I: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13
Session II: October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1
Session III: December 8, 15, 22; January 19, 26; February 2, 9
Session IV: February 16; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session V: April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11

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