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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Spring 5777/2017: 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 5777 leads to direct participation in a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service in the spring of 2017.

Registration Fees: $300 for the full 5777 year, including all materials

The class will again be open to new student enrollment in the 5778 year.

 Sundays, 10:00 am to 11:15 am

January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 am, Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service

Spring 5777/2017: Talmud Study

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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: Hebrew Marathon

5777 AEA Spring 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: $55 for members; $70 for non-members

Sunday, January 22, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 23, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

 

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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: 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: 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), thriftbooks.com betterworldbooks.com, bn.com, and powells.com]

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: Life After Death in Jewish Belief

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Most of us want to know what happens after we die. Is there life after death? Do we Jews even believe in that? Jewish tradition throughout history has answered, “Yes”, but in many ways and with varying understandings of just what eternal life entails. While Judaism is focused primarily on how to live life before death, there is still a rich and complex set of beliefs and traditions about what happens after we die.

Explore the remarkable Jewish intellectual and spiritual world of life beyond life, and the eternal struggle to “look beyond the curtain”. Join the great thinkers in our tradition in asking and answering the key questions. Are our souls independent entities? What are heaven and hell for Jews? Do we believe in resurrection? Should we believe in reincarnation? Discover how Jewish believers, moralists, rationalists, and mystics have viewed life after death in this fascinating series, and perhaps learn what redemption really means.

Text: The Death of Death, by Neil Gillman, included with registration fee
Registration Fees: $55 for members, $70 for non-members

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

March 1, 8, 15, 22

 

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Spring 5777/2017: Practical Judaism - Model Seder

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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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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, 

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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.

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Spring 5777/2017 - Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program

5777 AEA Spring Mussar

 

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Temple Emanu-El is embarking on a program of study and practice in the way of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar, and everyone is invited to join. 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. This program is endorsed by the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) and 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.

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

Mondays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 23; February 6, 13, 27; March 13, 27; April 9 [Sunday because of Passover], April 24; May 8, 22

Sensational Savings! Marvelous Mondays at Temple Emanu-El: Bundle Dekalog and Mussar: $150 for members and $220 for non-members.

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Spring 5777/2017: Israel Before and After the 1967 War

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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 - Scholar-In-Residence

Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship
Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min
March 2–4, 2017 at the University of Arizona Hillel and Temple Emanu-El

“Health & Wellness & Judaism”

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Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm, “In a Sacred Image: A Jewish Approach to Health & Wellness” - Lecture at University of Arizona Hillel [for a map see below]

Friday, March 3, 5:30 pm - 
Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Address, our 5777 Bilgray Scholar. $36/person. Catering by Carte Blanche [Cafe ala C'Art]. 
To RSVP for dinner, click below or call (520) 327-4501.

Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm, “Going Boldly to Our Next Frontier: An approach to life's 'third age' from Jewish tradition and texts”- Sermon at Shabbat Evening Services, Temple Emanu-El

Saturday, March 4, 12:00 pm, “New Rituals for New Life Stages” - Rabbi’s Tish at Temple Emanu-El. Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share

Co-sponsored by the University of Arizona's Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, Handmaker Jewish Services for Aging, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern Arizona, B'nai B'rith Covenant House, University of Arizona's Department of Religious Studies, and the University of Arizona's Hillel Foundation.

Richard F. Address, D.Min, serves as Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging. He served for 33 years on staff of Union for Reform Judaism as Regional Director and then as Founding Director of Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He has also served congregations in California and for the last several years was Senior Rabbi at a congregation in southern New Jersey. He hosts the weekly radio show “Boomer Generation Radio” in Philadelphia and serves as cochair of the Committee of Spirituality and Diversity for C-TAC: the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. Rabbi Address is active with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and writes and speaks regularly on issues related to baby boomers, aging and how Judaism can impact our lives as we age. He is also adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and also serve as co-chair of Jewish Advisory Group to Samaritan Health Care/Hospice in Southern New Jersey.

Listen to Jewish Sacred Aging Podcasts here!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Salons 5777

Red Hamsa by Michael B ShwartzSunday, May 21, from 2 - 4 pm - My Development as a Jewish Artist - Michael B. Schwartz

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

 

 

 

 

 

 Upcoming Salons:

Sonoran Winter  by Dr. Kevan SchlamowitzSunday, June 25, from 2 - 4 pm - Nature Photography in the Sonoran Desert - Dr. Kevan Schlamowitz

 

 

 

 

 

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Phone: 520-327-4501
Fax: 520-327-4504

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