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 (619) 200-3237 or email

 Some of our learning opportunities include….

Adult Ed Film Series: Hollywood Holy Days
How has Judaism been portrayed in popular culture?  Come to this movie
series to explore the ways that Hollywood has depicted our Jewish holidays.
Saturdays, at 7 pm:
December 24: Full Court Miracle
January 20: Zaytoun
February 17: For Your Consideration
March 17: Jews in Space

Suggested donation $5 which includes refreshments.
Professor Emeritus, Laurie Baron will introduce each film and lead the discussion to follow.
No RSVP needed.

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 other Wednesday, 11:15 am — 12:15 pm
December 6 & 20, January 3, 17 & 31, February 14 & 28, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 6 & 20.

Zimriyah Choir
Musician and vocalist, Marshall Voit is back and will be leading our volunteer adult choir, Zimriyah.  No auditions required—just a love of Jewish music!  Rehearsal schedule is as follows:

7 pm on Thursdays, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 23, December 7 & 21, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22 and April 5 & 19.  The plan is to participate in Friday Shabbat Services on December 1, January 26 and April 27.
Cost: A voluntary donation of $36 is appreciated.

The Joy of Hebrew! Adult Hebrew Classes
Hebrew classes will resume with sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Level 1 – for beginners: Sundays with Omer Zalmanowitz, 9:20 – 10:15 am or Wednesdays with Becky Combest, 6 – 6:45 pm

Level 2 – for those who took the class last year: Sundays with Shelley Sloan, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
SUNDAYS, September 10, 17 & 24, October 8, 15, 22 & 29, November 5 & 12,
December 3 & 10, January 7, 21 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 4, 11, 18 & 25,
April 22 & 29, May 6 & 20.
WEDNESDAYS, September 13 & 27, October 18 & 25, November 1, 8, 15 & 29,
December 6 & 13, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, February 7, 14 & 21, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, April 18 & 25, May 2, 9 & 16
Class Fee: $36 covers texts and materials for the year.

Torah for the Table: Haute Holidays
Join us as we delve into a year of learning, cooking and connection. Torah for the Table is a way to spend meaningful time together while exploring Jewish learning through food—a favorite area of Jewish life and a personal favorite of Rabbi Devorah’s. We’ll examine Jewish holidays and learn modern innovations on classic Jewish dishes.

Cost: $80 for the series or $12 per class.  Limited to 25 persons per class.  Priority will be given to those who sign up for the whole series.
8 sessions, all at 7-9 pm on Wednesday, September 6, and Thursdays, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1 and May 10.  Locations to be determined—Let us know if you can host a session!
Sorry – this class is sold out. Contact Donna Lander at for availability on a class by class basis.

Temple Emanu-El Book Group
Do you love to read?  Would you like to meet with other readers for lively discussions?  Our book group focuses on novels with Jewish content. Contact the Temple Office at (619) 286-2555 if you are interested.  Watch for dates and times in the bulletin and Shofar Blast announcements.

Introduction to Kabbalah
In preparation for our Scholar-in-Residence, Danny Matt, come learn about the basics of Jewish mysticism.  Where did it come from?  How did it change the Jewish tradition?  How is mysticism relevant to my life?
Cost: Members $18; Non-members $36.
The class will be taught by Rabbi Devorah and Rabbi Benj.
4 Sessions: Wednesdays, January 17, 24 & 31 and February 7, 2018 at 7—8:30 pm.
Click here to register for class

Israel: A Nation Reborn
Israel is a tiny state; Yet since its creation, it has captured the world’s attention. This eight session course will look at Israel’s history and future.

Why is so much of the international community focused on a small country like Israel? Why are Israelis divided on so many issues? Why does Israel make the decisions it does? What lies in its future? Using the award winning book by Daniel Gordis, Rabbi Lawson will explore and discuss all these topics and more.
Cost: Members $54; Non-members $72.
The class will be taught by Rabbi Marty Lawson.
Everyone registering for this class needs to purchase the book, “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn” by Daniel Gordis and to have read pages 1-46 before the first class. Click here to purchase the book at
8 Sessions: Thursdays, February 15 & 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, April 12 & 19, 2018 at 7-8:30 pm.

Click here to register for class

Introduction to Judaism
Beginning January 17, 2018

This course, taught by Rabbi Devorah and Rabbi Benj, introduces the fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice for anyone interested in exploring Judaism or reviewing the basics.  Topics include Jewish holidays and life cycle events, theology and prayer, Israel, history and Hebrew.  Registration is now open through the Union for Reform Judaism website.  Click here for more information and to register for the class.

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