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TEMPLE EMANU-EL

A Reform Jewish Community for all of Tucson
225 North Country Club • Tucson, AZ 85716
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Yom Rivii, 23 Nisan 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.

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Click here for a sneak preview of the Spring 5774 AEA Brochure in PDF format. Online registration for spring classes coming soon!

Andy Iventosch & Margaret Kendle

This class will address a variety of themes in Jewish art in an approximately chronological order. We will begin with an introduction that will cover aspects of the Torah's approach to art, specifically the building of the Tabernacle and the second commandment. We will present early synagogue architecture and decoration such as the third century CE synagogue known as Dura Europos. Ritual synagogue craft and illuminated manuscripts will be presented as well as aspects of modern Jewish European and American art among other themes. Art by local Jewish artists will also be presented. All classes will be accompanied by projected images.

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
April 16, 23, 30. (Please note change from originally printed dates)

Read more: Spring 5774/2014: What is Jewish Art? III

jfcs tucsonA workshop presented jointly with JFCS
Rabbi Batsheva Appel and JFCS Staff

Session 1: We've Only Just Begun -- Just starting out, how do we begin on the right track?

Session 2: We've Lost That Loving Feeling -- Sometimes keeping the spark alive is a challenge. What can we do to sustain and nourish our relationships?

Session 3: At Last -- With second relationships, we have all of the knowledge and the baggage from the first relationship. How do we use what we know now about ourselves to forge a stronger relationship this time around without falling into the same pitfalls?

Registration Fee: $18
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm.
May 6, 13, 20

Read more: Spring 5774/2014: Relationship Moments

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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 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.
                                    August 15, 22.
                                   
 Registration Fees: $25 for members; $35 for non-members.

Regular Course: The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - Thursdays from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.
                              Session I: August 29; September 12; October 3, 10, 17, 24
                              Session II: October 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12
                              Session III: December 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27
                              Session IV: March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10
                              Session V: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
                             
 Registration Fees Per Session: $45 for members; $60 for non-members 

Read more: Fall-Spring 5774/2013-2014: The Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah

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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

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 5774 series are: 

     October 2: This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel, by Jonathan Tropper
     November 6: Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balson
     SUNDAY, November 17, Special Session: Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders, by Joy Ladin
     December 18: Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots, by Jessica Soffer
     January 8: The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
     February 5: The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
     March 5: The Jump Artist, by Austin Ratner
     TUESDAY, April 1: Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service, by Michael Bar Zohar and Nissim Mishal
     May 7: The Death of the Adversary, by Hans Keilson
     June 4: Heidegger's Glasses, by Thaisa Frank 

Registration Fees: For the entire 2013-14 series, $45 for members; $60 for non-members.  Registration in the Sefer Book Club is valid for the entire year.
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Read more: Fall-Spring 5774/2013-2014: The Wednesday Sefer Book Club: A Monthly Coffehouse of Contemporary...

Eliot Barron
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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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: $95 for members; $135 for non-members
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm.
October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 2, 8, 15.

Read more: Fall-Spring 5774/2013-2014: Basic Judaism

samuel cohen talitRabbi Samuel M. Cohon

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: $95 for members; $135 for non-members
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
October 24, 31; November 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15

Read more: Fall-Spring 5774/2013-2014: Intermediate Judaism

samuel cohen talitRabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Staff

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 the 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 is direct participation for a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.

Read more: Fall-Spring 5774/2013-2014: Two-Year Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

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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).

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

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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  • 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.