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.

Film: The Women's Balcony

The Women's Balcony
Temple Emanu-El Night at The Loft Cinema: (3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716)  Join your friends, old and new, for a special showing of the award-winning and heartwarming Israeli comedy “The Women’s Balcony.”  We’ll attend the 7:30 PM show on Wednesday, August 16.  Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead a 30-minute discussion immediately after the film.  

Tickets, at special prices for friends and members of Temple Emanu-El, are available through the Main Office.  Please call (520) 327-4501.  Part of the ticket price will support the programs of Temple Emanu-El.

General Admission tickets are $8.75; Senior tickets are $6.75.

See the trailer, click here

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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

Summer 5777/2017: The Jewish Americans


Richard Brodesky, PhD

A viewing and facilitated discussion of the 3-part PBS film series with Dr. Richard Brodesky.

This six-hour series chronicles the often gripping history of Jews in America, beginning with their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Among those lending their perspective are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, playwright, Tony Kushner (Angels in America), actor-singer Mandy Patinkin, and comedy writer and director Carl Reiner.

Registration Fees: $25 for members, $35 for non-members

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

July 12, 19, 26

Read more: Summer 5777/2017: The Jewish Americans

Spring 5777/2017: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Margaret Kendle

Understanding the nuances of Hebrew can enrich one's Torah reading and prayer experience. New students are welcome and encouraged to be familiar with the concepts of the first 18 chapters of our text as well as a working knowledge of the vocabulary already presented. New students may join after a conference with the instructor.

Registration Fees: $95 members, $115 non-members

Mondays, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1


225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

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

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