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Yom Chamishi, 26 Kislev 5775

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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.

Lori RiegelFitting Jewish Values and Teachings into Today's Fast-Paced Life
Lori Riegel

This course will explore core Jewish values including K'vod Haberiyot (Honoring Human Beings), Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness), and Baal Tashchit (Do Not Destroy). Looking through the lens of Jewish values, we will explore how these values fit in, or are at odds with, the complexities of technology in everyday life.

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members*
Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm
October 21, 28; November 4*

*note price and date change

Read more: Fall 5775/2014: Twitter, Texts, Torah?

samuel cohen talitRabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This three-part class will help those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand Judaism as practiced in America.  This is a broad-based presentation of three major themes in American Judaism, a fun, upbeat but intelligent approach to getting a better handle on just what today's version of our ancient religion is all about.  

Taught in the same energetic, interactive style as the hugely popular Taste of Judaism series, the classes include "Jews in America -- Movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & More)""Assimilation & Creativity: From Davening to Rock? A Jewish Way to Pray", and "American-Israeli Relations".  Includes delicious "tastes" of traditional Jewish foods.  

Registration Fees: $25 for members and non-members (includes snacks and two CDs of Jewish music)
Thursdays, October 2, 9, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 15, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

Read more: Fall 5775/2014: Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America

bcohon for aeaRabbi Baruch Cohon

Session I: Melody, rhythm, geography and purpose. Melodic patterns distinguish tunes made familiar in the synagogue. Cantorial music is typically recitative -- governed only by the accent of the words. With rhythm added, those melodies become community songs and therefore more familiar. Their style is historically different for Sephardim than for Ashkenazim. Political causes like Zionism and Socialism produce their own music, with some surprising similarities. Examples will come from various Jewish sources.

Session II: Composers, performers and scholars. Religious, symphonic and operatic: Rapaport, Idelsohn, Rosenblatt, Pinchik, Copland, Halevy, etc. Interchange between Western classical and traditional Hebrew music. Jewish Musicology introduced. Yiddish Theater, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway: Thomashefsky, Secunda, Adler, Bock, Gershwin, Berlin, etc. From By Mir Bistu Sheyn to Hava Nagila.


Registration Fees: $35 for members; $45 for non-members
Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm
September 22, 29

Read more: Fall 5775/2014: What Makes Music Jewish

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

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.  Make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur matter this time around!  Two sessions with honey cake, tea, and coffee at the break.  Fun, informative, entertaining, and different.  

Registration Fees: $35 for members; $45 for non-members
Sundays from 10:00 am to 11:45 am.
September 14, 21. 

Read more: Fall 5775/2014: On Wings of Awe

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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,...

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