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 5776/2016: The Holiest Places on Earth, Part II

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

What makes a place holy? Does it remain so if the people who dedicated it have disappeared from the earth? How does a sacred place transform when it is passed from one religious tradition to another? On his recent sabbatical journey around the world in 85 days, Rabbi Cohon visited 148 of the holiest places sacred to all the great religions--Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Jain, Sikh, BaHai, Druze, aboriginal, Polynesian, Inca, Neolithic, Paleolithic, and others—visiting 20 countries on 6 continents. Learn how holy places are created, what they mean to the people who experience them, what the common elements are, and what is unique in our own experience of holiness of place.

In his initial offering for the Adult Education Academy in the summer of 2015 Rabbi Cohon covered the European portion of his journey, as well as his explorations in Turkey and Egypt. This section will cover the middle portion of his vagabond experiences in three monthly installments, focusing on Israel, India, Japan, and possibly Indonesia. You do not need to have attended the first series, and there is no prerequisite for this class.

Registration Fees: $50 for members; $65 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
                                    February 10, March 15, April 13

Read more: Spring 5776/2016: The Holiest Places on Earth, Part II

Fall 5776/2015: Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America

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This three-part class will help those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand Judaismas practiced in America. This is a broad-based presentation of three major themes in American Judaism, a fun, upbeat but intelligent approach to getting a better handle on just what today’s version of our ancient religion is all about.

Taught in the same energetic, interactive style as the hugely popular Taste of Judaism series, the classes include “Jews in America – Movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & More),” “Assimilation & Creativity: From Davening to Rock? A Jewish Way to Pray,” and “American-Israeli Relations.” Includes delicious “tastes” of traditional Jewish foods.

Registration Fee: $25 for members and non-members (includes snacks and two CDs of Jewish music)
Thursdays, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, September 29; October 6, 13

Read more: Fall 5776/2015: Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America

Summer 5775/2015: The Holiest Places on Earth: Part I From Pre-History to Europe and the Middle East

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Join Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon for this three-part class on 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 commonality and difference. 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?

This class will focus on the most ancient sacred places of pre-history, before moving on to the holiest sites for Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and the Middle East. Rabbi Cohon recently returned from his sabbatical trip to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 125 sacred places in 20 countries around the world in three months. He is working on a book on the journey.

Extensive photos, video, and audio will be used in the presentations.

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
July 16, 23, 30 

Read more: Summer 5775/2015: The Holiest Places on Earth: Part I From Pre-History to Europe and the Middle East

Summer 5776/2016: The Holiest Places on Earth, Part III-Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia

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Rabbi Cohon’s new series on the Holiest Places on Earth reaches Southeast Asia, an exotic and complex region of deep religious dedication.  Buddhism and Hinduism experienced dramatic transformations when they reached Southeast Asia, and the cultures and peoples committed to these complex faiths created great places of worship and learning.  Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia all feature centers of sacredness, each distinct and extraordinary, from the jungle temples of Angkor Wat to the gentle Hindu sacred baths of upcountry Bali to the golden Buddhist centers of Thailand to the surprisingly comical statues in the Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur.

On his recent sabbatical journey around the world in 85 days, Rabbi Cohon visited 148 of the holiest places sacred to all the great religions—Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Jain, Sikh, BaHai, Druze, aboriginal, Polynesian, Inca, Neolithic, Paleolithic, and more—visiting 20 countries on 6 continents. Learn how holy places are created, what they mean to the people who experience them, what the common elements are, and what is unique in our own experience of holiness of place.

In his initial offering for the Adult Education Academy last summer Rabbi Cohon covered the European portion of his journey, as well as his explorations in Turkey and Egypt. Part II covered the middle portion of his vagabond experiences in Israel, India, and Japan.  You do not need to have attended the first two courses, and there is no prerequisite for this class.

Three sessions: Thursdays, June 16, 23, 30, 7-9 pm. $45 for members, $65 for non-members; you can take classes individually for $18 for members, $25 for non-members. 

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Summer 5776/2016: When the Nightingales Sing: The Joy of Ladino Song

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Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

The songs of the Sephardic Jews are some of the most beautiful in Jewish tradition. In this class, we’ll learn about Ladino history and culture, hear Ladino artists, and sing popular Ladino songs. 

Three sessions:     Tuesdays, June 14, 28, and July 5, from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm.  The class is $30 members/$35 non-members for all,  or $13 per session. 

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