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 - 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

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Fall 5778/2017 - Introducing the Mussar Path

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Rabbi Batsheva Appel

An exploration and introduction to the timeless spiritual practice of Mussar, this class will introduce you to the middot, “traits,” the basic daily practices of Mussar, and give you a taste of what the Mussar group, Seeking Everyday Holiness, will be like.

Pick one of these dates for this free introduction.

Registration Fees: FREE, but please register below or by calling (520) 327-4501 and let us know that you will be joining us

Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; September 18 or October 2

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The Rabbi's Tish

Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Staff, and You!

This is a wonderful opportunity to probe the text of the weekly Torah portion in depth, as well as to discuss and argue with your fellow students at an extended, interactive Torah study and potluck lunch.  Join us for the best casual lunch and finest Jewish conversation in Tucson!

Free and open to all.  No registration is necessary.  Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.

Saturdays at noon - 2 pm
August 26; September 9; October 14; November 18; December 2; January 27; February 10; March 10; April 28; May 12


Drash Program

Coordinated by Renee Geffer

An exciting and profound way to involve yourself in Jewish learning and teaching with our entire Temple! Read, study, and write about the Torah portion of the week, and explain what it means to you personally. The drash is delivered at Friday evening services at Temple Emanu-El. This is a rare opportunity to engage in the most sacred of Jewish acts: the learning and teaching of Torah.

Free of charge. To sign up for the Drash Program, contact Renee Geffen at (310) 991-1802.
This program is for members only.


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

Rabbi Sandy SeltzerRabbi Sandy Seltzer

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


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

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Rabbi Batsheva Appel 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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Torah Study

Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Staff, and Discussion Leaders

An open, interactive exploration of the Torah portion of the week.

Free and open to all -- come and study with us!  No registration is necessary.
Saturdays from 8:30 am to 10:00 am (except Saturdays with the Rabbi's Tish).




225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

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

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