Adult Education

Adult Education

Classes, events, and programs are open to Temple members and the community at large. It is Temple Emanu-El policy to make it possible for anyone to attend, regardless of financial situation. Call the Temple Office to make arrangements; your privacy will be respected.

Look for fliers, Ha-Sofer bulletin articles, and on the website for announcements with updated information about our programs.

New people bring new and interesting ideas. If you have suggestions or Jewish-related instructional talents you’d like to share, or if you would like to join the committee, which meets once a month, contact Adult Ed Co-Chairs, Madelynn Micon or Laurie Baron at

Some of our learning opportunities include….

Coffee with the Rabbi

Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please email for the Zoom link!

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Saturday, April 22, 7 pm

Temple Sanctuary, In Person 

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler is based on a true story. Irena Sendler led a group of Polish men and women in secretly smuggling young Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto in the hope that they could start a new life away from the trouble. Not only did this put her under threat from the Nazis who eventually discovered what she was doing and tortured her, but also forced her to battle with some Jewish families who feared that letting their children leave to live with non-Jews would rob them of their faith.

The movie, which has a PG rating, was directed by John Kent Harrison, and made in the U.S. in 2009.

 Laurie Baron will introduce the film and facilitate a discussion after the screening.

Join us before the movie for a bring-your-own dinner in the Social Hall or courtyard beginning at 6 pm.

Please consider a contribution to the Adult Education Fund to help support the Committee’s efforts to continue to engage speakers and provide the high quality of life-long learning experiences that have become an integral part of Temple Emanu-El.  Program costs are continuing to rise, and we need your support.

For questions, contact Madelynn at, or call her at (619) 200-3237.

– Madelynn Micon, Committee Chair

Update: A God We Can Believe In – Part II

Rabbi Lawson is having knee surgery and needed to reschedule part II of A God We Can Believe In. The new dates will be scheduled post-surgery.

A God We Can Believe In – Part II

Check back soon for dates and registration information!

“Second Session” Class taught by Rabbi Lawson. Many people no longer believe in the Deity described in the Hebrew Bible. You will explore a wide variety of views as to how to overcome the obstacles to believing in God in the twenty-first century.

Adult Ed Website Streaming Resources

Jewish institutions, organizations, and synagogues have been streaming Jewish classes, concerts, films, lectures, museum tours, and podcasts ever since the pandemic began. You can find calendars for much of this programming at:

My Jewish Learning (daily)

• Laurie Baron (weekly posted on Thursdays), “Streaming Jewish Programming,” San Diego Jewish World.

Sources of Recorded and/or Streaming Jewish Programming:
• Alan Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA: and

American Jewish University

Association for Jewish Studies

Breman Museum of Atlanta

• Center for Jewish History:

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Hadassah Brandeis Institute

Hebrew Union College

Holocaust and Humanity Center

Holocaust Museum of Houston

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Jewish Museum

Jewish Music Institute

Jewish Theological Seminary

Jewish Women’s Archive

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Melton, Hebrew University

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Near Eastern and Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

92nd Street Y

Orange County Community Scholar Program

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Program in Jewish Studies, University of Colorado

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

Shalom Hartman Institute

Sousa Mendes Foundation

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University

Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University

Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center

Tikvah Fund

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Vilna Shul

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