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….

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
June 6 & 20, October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19, January (2019) 2, 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 5 & 19.

Zimriyah Choir
Carly Newman will be leading our volunteer adult choir, Zimriyah.  No auditions required—just a love of Jewish music!  Rehearsal schedule is as follows:

7 – 9 pm on Tuesdays, April 17 and May 1, 15 and 29.  The choir will sing at the Shabbat Evening service on June 9th.
Cost: A voluntary donation of $36 is appreciated.

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 Judaism
Beginning January 16, 2019

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 will open through the Union for Reform Judaism website in late Fall.  Click here for more information.

Adult Ed Film Summer Series: Senior Moments
Saturday, June 23   7 pm – Harold & Maude
Young adult Harold Chasen is obsessed with death. The fascination manifests itself in staging his own fake suicides, driving a hearse and attending funerals, even of people he doesn’t know.  It is at a series of funerals that Harold meets Maude, on the cusp of her eightieth birthday, who too attends funerals of strangers. Unlike Harold, Maude is obsessed with life. This is one of the funniest odd couple love movies ever made.
The film, directed by Hal Ashby, was made in the U.S. in 1971.
Laurie Baron, Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University, will introduce the film and lead the discussion to follow.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested, which will include popcorn and drinks.  No reservation is necessary.

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