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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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
Are you patriotic? Are you a kippah-wearing Jew (or know one)? How would you like to crochet a patriotic kippah in time for Flag Day and Independence Day? Learn how to crochet a kippah using easy stitches and simple yarn changing techniques. No previous crochet experienced needed.
Registration Fees: $10 for members; $15 for non-members, plus a $8 materials fee
Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Elected Member, Central Arizona Project Board of Directors Member, Temple Emanu-El
This two-hour session will include showing the one-hour documentary movie Beyond the Mirage, a movie about our region's water challenges and solutions made by Cody Sheehy of the University of Arizona in collaboration with Arizona Public Media and the Water Resources Research Center. The second hour will be a question and answer session with Dr. Megdal.
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 - 10:00 am
January 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 26; April 2, 9
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; 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
January 9, 18, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 19, 24; May 1
Jewish Lives is an ongoing series of biographies illuminating the diversity, depth, and beauty of Jewish experience. Yale University Press, a superb academic imprint, publishes this series. Click the book below to order from Amazon.
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm
February 1, March 8
Free & Open to the Public!
For more information or to attend, call the Temple at (520) 327-4501.
Norman Golden Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira
Richard Brodesky, Ph.D, Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, 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 January 28, February 11, March 4, April 8, May 27
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.
Registration Fees: $55 per session for members, $70 for non-members, 4 sessions per year; $150 for members, $200 for non-members for the full year
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session II: (Continuation) 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
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, 10:05 am - 11:05 am January 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 26; April 2, 9
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.
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
Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Session III: 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
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 - 8:15 pm February 7, 21; March 7, April 4, May 9
Model Seder: April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm; Fee for model seder only: $10.00
More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today. As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism. This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.
Registration Fees: $85 for members, $125 for non-members
Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 8:10 pm January 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16; March 2, 9, 16, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style. Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy. This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students. Course fees include textbook.
Registration Fees: $85 for members, $125 for non-members
Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11