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: The Jewish Americans


Richard Brodesky, PhD

A viewing and facilitated discussion of the 3-part PBS film series with Dr. Richard Brodesky.

This six-hour series chronicles the often gripping history of Jews in America, beginning with their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Among those lending their perspective are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, playwright, Tony Kushner (Angels in America), actor-singer Mandy Patinkin, and comedy writer and director Carl Reiner.

Registration Fees: $25 for members, $35 for non-members

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

July 12, 19, 26

Read more: Summer 5777/2017: The Jewish Americans

Summer 5777/2017: Adult B'nai Mitzvah Prep


Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Margaret Kendle

The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Preparatory Summer Class will be taught in three sections. The first will meet for 4 Saturdays in June, (June 3, 10, 17, 24) from 8:30-9:45 am. The cost is $55 for the whole class, which is only open to Temple members. For information and registration, call the Temple office, (520) 327-4501. There will be a second section in July, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 classes), also $55. There will be a third section on August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9.

If you are even contemplating Adult B’nai Mitzvah in 5778 or 5779, you’ll want to enroll in this course. We hope to see you there!

Registration Fees: $55 for members

Saturdays, 8:30 - 9:45 am

Read more: Summer 5777/2017: Adult B'nai Mitzvah Prep

Spring 5777/2017: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Margaret Kendle

Understanding the nuances of Hebrew can enrich one's Torah reading and prayer experience. New students are welcome and encouraged to be familiar with the concepts of the first 18 chapters of our text as well as a working knowledge of the vocabulary already presented. New students may join after a conference with the instructor.

Registration Fees: $95 members, $115 non-members

Mondays, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1

Spring 5777/2017: When the Nightingales Sing - The Joy of Sephardic Songs

5777 AEA Spring Nightingales


Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

The songs of the Sephardic Jews of Turkey, Greece, and Northern Africa are some of the most beautiful and evocative in Jewish tradition. We'll learn about Sephardic history, culture, hear Sephardic artists, and sing popular Ladino songs.

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

Mondays, 12:15 - 1:30 pm (Lunch bunch format! Students may bring their lunch)

January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6







Read more: Spring 5777/2017: When the Nightingales Sing - The Joy of Sephardic Songs

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.

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


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