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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Summer 5777/2017: Adult B'nai Mitzvah Prep

Learning

Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Margaret Kendle

The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Preparatory Summer Class will be taught in three sections. The first will meet for 4 Saturdays in June, (June 3, 10, 17, 24) from 8:30-9:45 am. The cost is $55 for the whole class, which is only open to Temple members. For information and registration, call the Temple office, (520) 327-4501. There will be a second section in July, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 classes), also $55. There will be a third section on August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9.

If you are even contemplating Adult B’nai Mitzvah in 5778 or 5779, you’ll want to enroll in this course. We hope to see you there!

Registration Fees: $55 for members

Saturdays, 8:30 - 9:45 am

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Fall 5778/2017: 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 - 10:00 am
October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10

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Fall 5778/2017: Jewish Card Making

Anne Lowe

Learn basic traditional Jewish paper folding and paper cutting techniques and make beautiful cards for the Jewish holidays. Classes will include: Iris Folding Hamsa, Jewish Paper Cutting, Tea Bag Folding Chanukah Card, Gold Embossed Stamping: Magen David Card. No previous experience necessary! All levels are welcome! If you can handle scissors and a glue stick, you can make a beautiful card!

Registration Fee: $55 for members and $70 for non-members; $18 supply fee (instructor will supply all materials)

Mondays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am; October 16, 23, 30; November 6

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Summer 5777/2017: Make Your Words Speak, Come Write with Us, Temple Emanu-El’s High Holy Days Writing Project

Carol Wechsler BlatterCarol Wechsler Blatter

As the days shorten after the summer solstice, many people turn inward to prepare for the High Holy Days. This year, you and your friends will have the opportunity to create your own personal writings which deeply reflect and explore High Holiday themes and prayers. This series of writing and discussion sessions will be facilitated by Carol Wechsler Blatter, writer and licensed clinical social worker.  Carol will galvanize your creativity and spirituality. No previous writing experience is necessary!  All you need is a longing to learn and a willingness to share.  

Class meets Thursday evenings June 29, July 6, 13, 20, August 31, September 7, September 16 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.  Please call or email Carol for more information at: (520) 577-0252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Registration Fees: $35

Thursdays, June 29, July 6, 13, and 20, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm, August 31, September 7, September 16

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Fall 5778/2017: The Problem of Evil in Jewish Thought & Belief

Rabbi SeltzerRabbi Sanford Seltzer

“I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil. I am the Lord and do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7

A four session inquiry into what may well be the most vexing of all religious dilemmas. Topics will include: Evil in the Bible and Rabbinic Literature, Is Evil Always Bad? Finding Holiness In Sin, and Evils Not Only of the Holocaust, But of Zionism and the Emergence of the State of Israel.

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

Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; November 20, 27; December 4, 11

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Fall 5778/2017: Hebrew Calligraphy

Hebrew Calligraphy

Julie Stein

Learn Hebrew Calligraphy with Julie Stein this summer. Move way beyond simple block and script letters to the formal beauty of the Hebrew letters done in calligraphy.  

Class enrollment is limited to 6. If the class is full, please put your name on the waiting list. If there are additional groups of 6 interested pupils, we’ll repeat this class.

Registration Fees: $55 for members, $70 for non-members

Note: Please call the Office for a materials list for purchase before class. 

Wednesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

October 18, 25: November 1, 8

 

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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

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Spring 5778/2018: Arab-Israeli Conflict II: 1948 to Present

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 Independence in 1948 until today. 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. Arab-Israeli Conflict I is not a prerequisite for this course.

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, January 17, 24, 31; February 7

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Fall 5778/2017: Hebrew Marathon

5778 AEA Hebrew Marathon

 
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

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 Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members

Sunday, August 27, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, August 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, October 16, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Sunday, January 28, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 29, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Fall 5778/2017: 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, 10:05 am - 11:05 am
October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10

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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

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Fall 5778/2017: Beginning Modern Hebrew

5777 AEA Spring Hebrew
Dr. Abby Limmer

Prepare for Temple Emanu-El’s trip to Israel in June 2018, by studying Modern Hebrew with Dr. Abby Limmer. Abby is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Near Eastern Studies, and has been teaching Hebrew at ASU’s Critical Languages Institute for the past four years. 

Please note: Students who are not able to read and write Hebrew should take the Hebrew Marathon to be held on Sunday, August 27, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, August 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Registration Fees: 

Session I: $55 for members; $70 for non-members; Session II: $105 for members; $125 for non-members; 
Full year: $140 for members: $180 for non-members

Sundays, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Session I: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10

Sesson II: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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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.

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Fall 5778/2017: Basic Judaism

Basic Judaism


Rabbi Batsheva Appel

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, Mishna, 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 textbooks.

Registration Fees: $125 for members, $165 for non-members

Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21;January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

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Sunday Salons 5778

Curated by Dr. Richard Brodesky

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public! Please register below or call (520) 327-4501 so that we know that you will be joining us.

Judaism is dynamic, varied, and all-encompassing. The Sunday Salon Series is a vehicle to touch on many diverse aspects of our religion. These free programs are created to support our congregants’ interests, current developments in the Jewish world, and the Jewish liturgical cycle. They are open to members and non-members alike. As this series is continually evolving, please consult the Temple weekly email, the Temple Times, flyers, or our office for particulars each month. 

Sundays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

July 30 -- Tony Hatch, retired Jewish journalist

August 27 -- Project Elul: Preparing for the High Holy Days through Contemplation

September 17 -- Mishkan HaNefesh: Changes and Innovations - New Prayer Book for the Holy Days

October 22 -- Poetry-Go-Round: Bring a favorite poem by a Jewish author, about Jewish culture, or your own composition to share and discuss

November 19 -- Oshrat Bar-El, Weintraub Israel Center: Israel, the World Leader in Medical Marijuana Research*

Sunday Salons continue January 28; February 25; March 25; April 29; May 27

*Temple Emanu-El has no opinion about marijuana use. For accurate medical information, please contact your healthcare provider. For personal or spiritual guidance, please contact our clergy at (520) 327-4501.

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