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.

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

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Beginning Modern Hebrew

Spring 5777/2017: Practical Judaism - Model Seder

PassoversederforTTRabbi Batsheva Appel

Do you have more than four questions about the Passover seder? Wondering what goes on the table and what it all means? Feeling a little like the one who does not know how to ask? Come to the Practical Judaism Model Seder.

We will participate in a complete seder accompanied with detailed explanation and the opprotunity to ask as many questions as you would like. Model Seder is included as part of Practical Judaism and is also available as a separate session.

Registration Fee: $10

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Read more: Spring 5777/2017: Practical Judaism - Model Seder

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

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“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, 18

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

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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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


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