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.

Spring 5777/2017: Dekalog: Films about the Ten Commandments

5777 AEA Spring 10 Commandments


Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Dekalog, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, is a highly acclaimed series of ten short films that explores each of the Ten Commandments. At each class, we will view one of the films and discuss the particular commandment highlighted in that film. We will also examine the differences between how the Ten Commandments are viewed by Jews and Christians. There will be English subtitles. 

Registration Fees: $60 for members; $90 for non-members

Mondays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 9, 16, 30; February 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17; May 1, 15

Sensational Savings! Marvelous Mondays at Temple Emanu-El: Bundle Dekalog and Mussar: $150 for members and $220 for non-members.

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Summer 5777/2017: Crocheting Patriotic Kippot for Beginners

Mona Temple PictureMona Gibson

Join Mona Gibson, Temple President, to learn how to crochet a basic kippah to wear for all patriotic occasions.  Using simple stitches you can create your own kippah in an afternoon.  Previous experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Registration Fees: $10 for members; $15 for non-members, plus a $8 materials fee

Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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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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Spring 5777/2017: Beyond the Mirage and its Connection to Water Management in Israel

5777 AEA Spring Beyond the Mirage


Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D
Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
Elected Member, Central Arizona Project Board of Directors
Member, Temple Emanu-El

This two-hour session will include showing the one-hour documentary movie Beyond the Mirage, a movie about our region's water challenges and solutions made by Cody Sheehy of the University of Arizona in collaboration with Arizona Public Media and the Water Resources Research Center. The second hour will be a question and answer session with Dr. Megdal.

Free & Open to the Public!

Sunday, February 5, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew


225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

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

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