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: Bagels & Bagel Lore

Jon Wirtis

 Jon Wirtis

Taught by our new Jewish foods teacher, Jon Wirtis, we will not only be boiling and baking bagels, but learning about the story of this essential Jewish food.  

Because of kitchen safety, the workshop will have a maximum of 10 participants.  If the workshop is full, please leave you name on the waiting list.  If there are 10 additional interested people, we will repeat the class.  

Registration Fee: $18 members, $25 non-members

Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 28

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Spring 5777/2017: Hebrew Calligraphy

Hebrew Calligraphy

Julie Stein

Learn Hebrew Calligraphy with Julie Stein this summer. Move way beyond simple block and script letters to the formal beauty of the Hebrew letters done in calligraphy.  

Class enrollment is limited to 6.  If the class is full, please put your name on the waiting list.  If there are additional groups of 6 interested pupils, we’ll repeat this class.

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

Note: Please call the Office for a materials list for purchase before class. 

Thursdays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

June 8, 15, 22, 29


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Sunday Salons 5777

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

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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Summer 5777/2017: Adult B'nai Mitzvah Prep


Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, Margaret Kendle

The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Preparatory Summer Class will be taught in two 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.

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

Session I: June 3, 10, 17, 24
Session II: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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Summer 5777/2017: Crocheting Patriotic Kippot for Beginners

Mona Temple PictureMona Gibson

Join Mona Gibson, Temple President, to learn how to crochet a basic kippah to wear for all patriotic occasions.  Using simple stitches you can create your own kippah in an afternoon.  Previous experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Registration Fees: $10 for members; $15 for non-members, plus a $8 materials fee

Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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Summer 5777/2017: Make Your Words Speak, Come Write with Us, Temple Emanu-El’s High Holy Days Writing Project

Carol Wechsler BlatterCarol Wechsler Blatter

As the days shorten after the summer solstice, many people turn inward to prepare for the High Holy Days. This year, you and your friends will have the opportunity to create your own personal writings which deeply reflect and explore High Holiday themes and prayers. This series of writing and discussion sessions will be facilitated by Carol Wechsler Blatter, writer and licensed clinical social worker.  Carol will galvanize your creativity and spirituality. No previous writing experience is necessary!  All you need is a longing to learn and a willingness to share.  

Class meets Thursday evenings June 29, July 6, 13, and 20, from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.  Please call or email Carol for more information at: (520) 577-0252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Registration Fees: $20

Thursdays, June 29, July 6, 13, and 20, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm, 

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Tucson, AZ 85716

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


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