Past AEA Classes

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.

Listed below are several classes that have been offered through the Adult Education Academy in the past and may be offered again in the future.

Fall 5778/2017: Bernstein's Language of Music

Leonard Bernstein

Bob Hanshaw

Designed for anyone who loves music or is interested in Jewish culture, this class will examine Bernstein’s ideas and music. It will help you enjoy the many Bernstein-oriented events in Tucson 2018 that celebrate the composer. The class will culminate in a special Bernstein Concert for members and friends of Temple Emanu-El. No musical experience or knowledge necessary.

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, October 11, 18, 25; Concert & Fundraiser Sunday, October 29, 3:00 pm.

Concert & Fundraiser Sunday, October 29 alone: $18 for members; $21 for non-members

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Bernstein's Language of Music

Fall 5778/2017: Arab-Israeli Conflict I: Through the Establishment of the State

Dr. Gil Ribak


Dr. Gil Ribak

Though it hardly equals the size of New Jersey and includes an infinitesimal fraction of the world’s population, the state of Israel has been consistently at the center of world attention. This class will focus on the Israeli-Arab conflict from the first Aliya in the 1880s to Independence in 1948. We will examine not only the ways Jews and Arabs clashed, cooperated, and interacted with each other, but also internal developments within Israel and various Arab countries.

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, October 18, 25; November 1, 8

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Arab-Israeli Conflict I: Through the Establishment of the State

Fall 5778/2017: The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Dr. Richard Brodesky

The only Yiddish writer to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer is a delight. His novels and short stories recreate the lost world of Eastern European Jewry as well as the challenges faced by new Jewish immigrants in the United States. We will examine both his short stories and a major novel. We’ll enjoy and share these materials. This course culminates in a special showing of the film The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Shaul Better and Asaf Galay. Open to all levels of experience with literature.

Required texts: 

     The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
     The Slave

Registration Fee: $55 for members and $70 for non-members ; includes screening of the film, The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wednesdays, 12 - 1:30 pm, October 18, 25; November 1, 8;

Film The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sunday, November 12, $5 for the film only.

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Summer 5777/2017: Water, Water Everywhere

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

In many of our sacred stories, water plays a part. There are the encounters at the well where Jacob & Rachel and Moses & Tzippora meet each other. There is Miriam’s Well, the water source that accompanied the Israelites in the Wilderness, according to the Rabbis. There are the waters of creation and the waters of the Sea of Reeds that splits for the Exodus. There is the sea-going story of the prophet Jonah.

We will dive in and look at the possibilities of water as a metaphor and water as a prop, both in the Tanakh and rabbinic literature, even as the monsoon season begins bringing water to our corner of the world.

Registration Fees: $35 for members, $45 for non-members

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

July 11, 18, 25

Read more: Summer 5777/2017: Water, Water Everywhere

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