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: Israel Before and After the 1967 War

5777 AEA Spring 1967

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),,, and]

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

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Spring 5777/2017: Bagels & Bagel Lore

Jon Wirtis

 Jon Wirtis

Taught by our new Jewish foods teacher, Jon Wirtis, we will not only be boiling and baking bagels, but learning about the story of this essential Jewish food.  

Because of kitchen safety, the workshop will have a maximum of 10 participants.  If the workshop is full, please leave you name on the waiting list.  If there are 10 additional interested people, we will repeat the class.  

Registration Fee: $18 members, $25 non-members

Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 28

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