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.

Click on a class title for more information or to register for classes.

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

Read more: Summer 5777/2017: Adult B'nai Mitzvah Prep

Torah Study

samuel cohen talit
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 the Rabbi's Tish).

 

 

Drash Program

Coordinated by Renee Geffer

An exciting and profound way to involve yourself in Jewish learning and teaching with our entire Temple! Read, study, and write about the Torah portion of the week, and explain what it means to you personally. The drash is delivered at Friday evening services at Temple Emanu-El. This is a rare opportunity to engage in the most sacred of Jewish acts: the learning and teaching of Torah.

Free of charge. To sign up for the Drash Program, contact Renee Geffen at (310) 991-1802.
This program is for members only.

 

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

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew

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

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Jewish Card Making

Fall 5778/2017: A Taste of Judaism

Taste of Judaism

 
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon & Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Everything you ever wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask! A three-class introduction to the basics of Jewish spirituality, values, and community taught in an open, discussion style.  A fun, vibrant, “taste” of the best Judaism has to offer, including tasty foods.  Free and open to the enire community, but pre-registration is required. This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

The classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Please call (520) 327-4501 for more information and to register.

This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

FREE, but you must register by calling (520) 327-4501.

Sundays, August 13, 20, 27  2 - 4 pm Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd

Mondays, August 14, 21, 28  6 - 8 pm Northwest: Nanini Library, 7300 N Shannon Rd

Tuesdays, August 22, 29, September 5  12 - 2 pm  Green Valley: Beth Shalom Temple Center, 1751 N Rio Mayo

Thursdays, August 24, 31, September 7  6 - 8 pm Temple Emanu-El

Fall 5778/2017: Conversion Group

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon & Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Want to find out what it really means to be Jewish? These classes are offered every three months for all who are interested in converting to Judaism, are already in the conversion process, or who want to learn more about becoming a Jew and living a Jewish life. Bring all your questions! Free and open to all! This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

Free & Open to the Public! 
For more information or to attend, call Deborah Brandon, Rabbinic Executive Assistant, at (520) 327-4501 x16 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 5, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 15, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Fall 5778/2017: Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America

Rabbi Batsheva AppelRabbi Batsheva Appel

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 Fee: $25 for members and non-members (includes snacks and two CDs of Jewish music)
Tuesdays, October 10. 17. 24  7-9 pm Temple Emanu-El 

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America

The Rabbi's Tish

samuel cohen talit
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 noon - 2 pm
August 26; September 9; October 14; November 18; December 2; January 27; February 10; March 10; April 28; May 12

 

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

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

Fall 5778/2017: Practical Judaism

Rabbi Appel 09 2014Rabbi Batsheva Appel

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 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 do and practice each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.

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

Sundays, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

October 8; November 12 ;December 10; January 14; February 11; March 11 - Model Seder; April 8

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Practical Judaism

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

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

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

 

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Hebrew Calligraphy

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

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

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

Address

225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

Phone: 520-327-4501
Fax: 520-327-4504

Subscribe to our mailing list

 

ShareThis