Adult Education Academy

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.

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Fall 5778/2017: Hebrew Marathon

5778 AEA Hebrew Marathon

 
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Learn to read Hebrew in two fun sessions - just seven hours - guaranteed! This year, read along with the prayers at services, and make Hebrew a language you know!

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members

Sunday, August 27, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, August 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, October 16, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Sunday, January 28, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 29, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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5778/2017: Two-Year Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Staff

A two-year program that prepares participants for a group Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen Jewish knowledge and commitment. The required courses in this first year include completion of a Hebrew Marathon and a follow-up Beginning Hebrew class, as well as completion of the Basic Judaism course. The second year course in 5778 leads to direct participation in a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service in the spring of 2018.

Registration Fees: $300 for the full 5778 year, including all materials, for members only

Sundays, 10:00 am to 11:15 am

October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10; January 14, 21, 28;February 4, 11, 18; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am, Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service

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Fall 5778/2017: Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew

Marjorie Hochberg
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Learn reading and comprehension skills for Jewish participation, prayer, and vocabulary.  This class is a natural follow-up for anyone who has taken Hebrew Marathon or has a basic knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, and pronunciation.

Registration Fee: $55 for members; $70 for non-members per semester
Sundays, 10:05 am - 11:05 am
October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10

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Fall 5778/2017: Bernstein's Language of Music

Leonard Bernstein

Bob Hanshaw

Designed for anyone who loves music or is interested in Jewish culture, this class will examine Bernstein’s ideas and music. It will help you enjoy the many Bernstein-oriented events in Tucson 2018 that celebrate the composer. The class will culminate in a special Bernstein Concert for members and friends of Temple Emanu-El. No musical experience or knowledge necessary.

Registration Fee: $55 for members and $70 for non-members

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, October 11, 18, 25; Concert & Fundraiser Sunday, October 29, 3:00 pm.

Concert & Fundraiser Sunday, October 29 alone: $18 for members; $21 for non-members

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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

Fall 5778/2017: The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Dr. Richard Brodesky

The only Yiddish writer to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer is a delight. His novels and short stories recreate the lost world of Eastern European Jewry as well as the challenges faced by new Jewish immigrants in the United States. We will examine both his short stories and a major novel. We’ll enjoy and share these materials. This course culminates in a special showing of the film The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Shaul Better and Asaf Galay. Open to all levels of experience with literature.

Required texts: 

     The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
     The Slave

Registration Fee: $55 for members and $70 for non-members ; includes screening of the film, The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wednesdays, 12 - 1:30 pm, October 18, 25; November 1, 8;

Film The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sunday, November 12, $5 for the film only.

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Fall 5778/2017: On Wings of Awe

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur matter this time around! For everyone who has ever struggled through a long Days of Awe service and wondered why he or she was there, this is a two-part exploration of the great themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer, including an introduction to the music. Two sessions with honey cake, tea, and coffee at the break. Fun, informative, entertaining, and different. This year, we will focus on introducing the new High Holy Day Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, exploring its new and innovative way of expressing the themes of the Days of Awe.

Everyone receives a free CD of High Holy Days music as well!

Registration Fees: $35 for members; $45 for non-members

Sundays, 10:00 am to 11:15 am; September 17, 24

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Film: The Women's Balcony

The Women's Balcony
Temple Emanu-El Night at The Loft Cinema: (3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716)  Join your friends, old and new, for a special showing of the award-winning and heartwarming Israeli comedy “The Women’s Balcony.”  We’ll attend the 7:30 PM show on Wednesday, August 16.  Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead a 30-minute discussion immediately after the film.  

Tickets, at special prices for friends and members of Temple Emanu-El, are available through the Main Office.  Please call (520) 327-4501.  Part of the ticket price will support the programs of Temple Emanu-El.

General Admission tickets are $8.75; Senior tickets are $6.75.

See the trailer, click here

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Fall 5778/2017: Practical Judaism

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Jewish ritual can sometimes seem complex, and the “how” of Judaism can feel like something that was taught on the day that we missed class. This class is all about how to do ritual mitzvot, and how to fulfill the ritual aspects of Judaism. We will learn about mitzvot for the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from Shabbat to Passover to Hanukkah and more. We explore the mitzvot for life cycle events such as weddings, funerals, brit milah, and baby naming. We will examine the mitzvah of tzedakah, charity. In each instance, we will actively do and practice each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.

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

Sundays, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

October 8; November 12 ;December 10; January 14; February 11; March 11 - Model Seder; April 8

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Fall 5778/2017: The Genesis Project

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

In this third year of exploring this seminal text of all Western Civilization we’ll start with Abraham: experience the dramatic tale of Abraham’s binding of Isaac (the Akedat Yitzhak), analyze the pivotal figure, Rebecca, examine the crucial conflicts between Isaac and Ishmael and Jacob and Esau. Jacob’s journeys and parental predilections will come into focus, as will the roles of Leah and Rachel and Jacob’s many children, and we’ll meet the extraordinary, arrogant young Joseph. What does this phenomenal book teach us about the nature of human beings and the origins of Judaism? The Genesis Project complements and supplements weekly Shabbat Torah Study as it’s a continuous reading of Torah rather than being limited to the weekly Torah portion. Through a continuous close reading and exploration, students understand the flow and connections made throughout the Torah and in all Jewish tradition.

New students are welcome! There are no prerequisites, and you don't have to have attended the previous Genesis Project Classes.

Registration Fees: $55 per session for members, $70 for non-members, 4 sessions per year; $150 for members, $200 for non-members for the full year

Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session I: October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28

Session II: December 5, 12, 19; January 16, 23, 30

Session III: February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27

Session IV: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8

 

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Fall 5778/2017: The Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching. One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language. The Zohar’s secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text. In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the “locked garden” of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.

Registration Fees Per Session: $55 for members; $70 for non-members, 5 sessions per year, $200 for the full year for members; $250 for the full year for non-members

Zohar

Thursdays, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Session I: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 28; October 19, 26

Session II: November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14

Session III: January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 8, 15

Session IV: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

 

Introductory Class: Welcome to the Zohar - Thursdays, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm; August 10, 17

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

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Fall 5778/2017: Basic Judaism

Basic Judaism


Rabbi Batsheva Appel

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style. Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishna, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy. This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students. Course fees include textbooks.

Registration Fees: $125 for members, $165 for non-members

Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21;January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

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Fall 5778/2017: Intermediate Judaism

Intermediate Judaism

 
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today.  As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.

Registration Fees: $125 for members, $165 for non-members

Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 8:10 pm
October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21;January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

 

Read more: Fall 5778/2017: Intermediate Judaism

Sunday Salons 5778

Curated by Dr. Richard Brodesky

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public! Please register below or call (520) 327-4501 so that we know that you will be joining us.

Judaism is dynamic, varied, and all-encompassing. The Sunday Salon Series is a vehicle to touch on many diverse aspects of our religion. These free programs are created to support our congregants’ interests, current developments in the Jewish world, and the Jewish liturgical cycle. They are open to members and non-members alike. As this series is continually evolving, please consult the Temple weekly email, the Temple Times, flyers, or our office for particulars each month. 

Sundays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

July 30 -- Tony Hatch, retired Jewish journalist

August 27 -- Project Elul: Preparing for the High Holy Days through Contemplation

September 17 -- Mishkan HaNefesh: Changes and Innovations - New Prayer Book for the Holy Days

October 22 -- Poetry-Go-Round: Bring a favorite poem by a Jewish author, about Jewish culture, or your own composition to share and discuss

November 19 -- Oshrat Bar-El, Weintraub Israel Center: Israel, the World Leader in Medical Marijuana Research*

Sunday Salons continue January 28; February 25; March 25; April 29; May 27

*Temple Emanu-El has no opinion about marijuana use. For accurate medical information, please contact your healthcare provider. For personal or spiritual guidance, please contact our clergy at (520) 327-4501.

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Fall 5778/2017 - Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program

5777 AEA Spring Mussar

 

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Mussar is best described as “Jewish spiritual ethics,” and has been practiced for centuries by those seeking to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner mensch. Mussar is undergoing a revival in the Jewish world, and we offer this curriculum created by the Mussar Institute, the leaders in the field. Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has endorsed this program, which is suitable for all ages, regardless of your level of Jewish knowledge. There are no prerequisites, nor is Hebrew required. Come join in small group study, led by Rabbi Batsheva Appel, a trained facilitator, as we explore together in a safe and caring environment what Judaism has to teach us about humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order, and honor. Discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life.

All students will receive a copy of Everyday Holiness by Dr. Alan Morinis as well as additional materials for each of the middot, spiritual traits, that we work on.

Interested in seeing if Mussar is for you? Try the free class, Introducing the Mussar Path.

Registration Fees: $120 for members; $150 for non-members

Mondays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

October 16, 30; November 13, 27; December 11; January 8, 22: February 5, 19; March 5

Read more: Fall 5778/2017 - Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program

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