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.

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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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


Spring 5777/2017: Talmud Study

Eliot Barron
Dr. Eliot Barron

The Talmud is a treasure trove of Jewish lore, legend, and wisdom.  Study excerpts are from the excellent Hebrew-English Talmud of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.  No prior Talmud or Hebrew knowledge is necessary. 

Registration Fees: One time $18 charge for materials.  If interested, contact Eliot Barron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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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

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

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5777 AEA Spring Holiest Places 4

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


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