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 Chair, Madelynn Micon at

Some of our learning opportunities include….

Coffee with the Rabbi

Join us for our Coffee with the Rabbi series. These sessions will be an open forum to discuss topics of interest to the group and the rabbis. No preparation is necessary, just an interest in Jewish learning and a chance to pick Rabbi Devorah and Rabbi Benj’s brains.
Cost is free. No RSVP required.
Every Wednesday, 11 am — 12:00 pm (during Covid-19 shutdown)

Biblical Hebrew Class

This class, taught by Rabbi Benj Fried, is for people who have completed a Hebrew course before and are interested in going into more depth with their Hebrew learning.  The ability to decode and read Hebrew is a prerequisite.  This class will be focused on grammar and translation of Biblical passages.

Time: Sundays, 2 – 3 pm

Dates: October 18 and 25, November 1, 8 and 15, December 6 and 13, January 10 and 24, February 7, 21 and 28, March 7, 14 and 21, April 11, 18 and 25, May 2 and 16.

Cost $125

Click the checkout button below to register and pay for the class

Zoom Lecture: Naftali Aklum
“Being Black, Jewish and Israeli”

Saturday, November 14  7 pm

Naftali Aklum was born in Ethiopia in 1979. The following year, in 1980, his family was among the first groups to make Aliya to Israel via Sudan in what later became known as “Operation Moses.” He was raised and educated in Beersheba. He served in the IDF as a firefighter. He graduated from Ben Gurion University in 2008 with a concentration in Middle Eastern politics, government, and history. He has worked helping children in the city of Beersheba through his Council for the Well-Being of Children, and has served as a mentor to other Ethiopian-Israeli academics to assist them in job placement.  Since 2010, he has played a critical role in the Ethiopian National Project’s Scholastic Assistance Program providing emotional and social support for 7th through 12th graders and overseeing 15 teachers who provide intensive scholastic assistance to the project’s participants. The story of the exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel is one of the most moving historical events of the Jewish people. Although it happened recently, most Israelis and Diaspora Jewry are not aware of the difficulties and challenges encountered by Ethiopian Jews in their trek to reach Israel and the problems and challenges they faced after their arrival. He offers a one-day educational experience for tourists to Beersheva that focuses on the history, culture and traditions of Ethiopian Jewry.  His objective is to enable the Ethiopian community in the Negev and in Israel to share its unique culture and history with others, to empower it, and to contribute to a pluralistic Israeli society that views its communal diversity as a source of strength.

Zoom Registration Link

Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Lonee Frailich

Wednesdays, 6 – 6:45 pm beginning on October 14

Cost: $100 plus $37 for books.

Click here to register for the class

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,–events/events/

• 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,