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: The Holiest Places on Earth, Part IV: Australia, Easter Island, Peru & More

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Join Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon as he explains what makes places holy and what role the human-divine partnership plays in creating, transforming, maintaining, and losing sanctity over time. We will examine locations holy to a wide variety of religious traditions past and present, exploring their commonalities and differences.

What makes people choose a site for sanctification? Why do some become places of pilgrimage and how does that change them? How are we influenced by topography, history, and natural, shaped, and man-made beauty in our choice of sacred sites? And what kinds of experiences do these sites engender for believers and other visitors?

Rabbi Cohon, spent his Sabbatical traveling to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 145 sacred places in 20 Countries around the world in three months. He is working on a book on the journey.

The fourth and final chapter of the journey will explore the holiest places of Australia, Easter Island, Peru (including Machu Picchu) and recent trips to Salt Lake City & Mexico.

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

April 12, 19; May 3, 10, 

Read more: Spring 5777/2017: The Holiest Places on Earth, Part IV: Australia, Easter Island, Peru & More

Spring 5777/2017: Life After Death in Jewish Belief

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Most of us want to know what happens after we die. Is there life after death? Do we Jews even believe in that? Jewish tradition throughout history has answered, “Yes”, but in many ways and with varying understandings of just what eternal life entails. While Judaism is focused primarily on how to live life before death, there is still a rich and complex set of beliefs and traditions about what happens after we die.

Explore the remarkable Jewish intellectual and spiritual world of life beyond life, and the eternal struggle to “look beyond the curtain”. Join the great thinkers in our tradition in asking and answering the key questions. Are our souls independent entities? What are heaven and hell for Jews? Do we believe in resurrection? Should we believe in reincarnation? Discover how Jewish believers, moralists, rationalists, and mystics have viewed life after death in this fascinating series, and perhaps learn what redemption really means.

Text: The Death of Death, by Neil Gillman, included with registration fee
Registration Fees: $55 for members, $70 for non-members

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

March 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Read more: Spring 5777/2017: Life After Death in Jewish Belief

Spring 5777/2017: Israel Before and After the 1967 War

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Oshrat Bar-El
Vice President of Community Engagement and Director of the Weintraub Israel Center Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

In 2017 we honor the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. In this class we will learn what led up to the war and its effects on Israel, the Jewish people, and the world.

Registration Fee: $10 members, $12 for non-members

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 15, 22

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Spring 5777/2017: Jewish Short Stories

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Richard Brodesky, Ph.D

Savor the richness of the Jewish storytelling tradition. We will move historically from the Torah to contemporary literature, reading and discussing diverse masterpieces.

Required text: The Oxford Book of Jewish Short Stories [Available at Amazon (best value is on Amazon used), thriftbooks.com betterworldbooks.com, bn.com, and powells.com]

Registration Fees: $55 (members); $70 (non-members)

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

March 16, 23, 30; April 6

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Spring 5777/2017: Turning Points in Jewish-Christian Relations

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Max Strassfeld, Ph.D,
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona

Relationships between Christians and Jews spans multiple continents and 2000 years. We will focus on three primary sources from three different periods: the Christian Bible/Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, and modernity. Each session will be spent analyzing the primary source and contextualizing them. We will discuss anti-Semitic texts but also look at Jewish anti-Christian sentiment in order to complicate any simple understanding of Jewish-Christian relations.

Registration Fee: $55 members, $70 non-members

Thursdays, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

April 20, 27; May 4

Read more: Spring 5777/2017: Turning Points in Jewish-Christian Relations

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