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

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)

Dr. Henry Greenspan

A Yom Ha-Shoah Talk
"Learning Together" With Holocaust Survivors

April 23rd at 7pm     

Zoom Link                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Twenty years ago, Agi Rubin, a survivor of Auschwitz and other camps, described her most memorable interviews: “One thought sparks another, and then another, that I may not have even known I had.  That’s the part that is so gratifying.  Whatever I think I’m teaching, I’m learning at the same moment.  We’re learning together.”

Facilitating “learning together” with survivors has been the core of Hank Greenspan’s work as a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright.  In contrast with single testimonies, “learning together” requires sustained exploration rather than a one-time interview. In this talk, Hank will share some of the stunning insights and images that emerged from his interviews illustrated with clips from his play Remnants, Henry “Hank” Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, playwright, and emeritus professor of the University of Michigan.  In contrast with conventional one-time “testimonies,” his approach has been to meet with the same survivors multiple times:  over months; years; and—with a few people—decades.  His findings are most fully summarized in his path-breaking book, On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony.  Many of his plays are also based on his sustained conversations with survivors, especially REMNANTS which was originally broadcast on NPR and has since been staged at more than 300 venues worldwide.

Watch at this link.                                                                                                                


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

Registration for this class is closed.

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,