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….

Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days

Rabbi Devorah and Rabbi Benj will lead an exploration of the themes of repentance, brokenness and wholeness through the various markers on the Jewish calendar from Tisha B’Av leading to the High Holy Days.  Cost for the class is $36 per person.  Click here to register for the class or call the Temple office at (619) 286-2555.

Adult Ed Summer Film Series: “Going Over to the Doc Side”

Our Adult Education summer movie series “Going Over to the Doc Side” will conclude with GI Jews, directed by Lisa Ades, and made in the U.S. in 2018.

The documentary tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish American men and women who fought in World War II. In their own words, veterans both famous, from Hollywood director Mel Brooks to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and unknown, bring their war experiences to life. It shows how these people fought for for their nation and their people, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish.

Dr. Laurie Baron will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterward. Suggested donation is $5, which includes popcorn and drinks. No reservations are needed.

Make your summer movie evening even better – bring your dinner and join others outside in the Temple courtyard at 5:30 pm.

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
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.

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.

The Joy of Hebrew! – Adult Hebrew Classes
Adult Hebrew will be taught on Wednesdays at 6 pm by Becky Combest for beginners and Shelley Sloan for more advanced students.  Cost will be $54 per semester for texts and materials.  Classes are subject to cancellation unless a minimum of eight students per class enroll for the semester so sign up early!  Register online or call the Temple Office at (619) 286-2555.
Semester 1: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4 & 11.
Semester 2: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, & 27. Click here to register for classes.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
Do you wish you had a bar or bat mitzvah but never had the chance?  Do you want to learn Hebrew or learn more about our Jewish tradition?  Do you want to make friends and community here at Temple Emanu-El?  Well, this is the class for you!
The Adult B’nai Mitzvah class will meet weekly on Thursday evenings.  They will learn how to read Hebrew, how to chant the prayers of the service, and how to read Torah.  And for those who want to chant Torah, we will also provide chanting classes.  Once a month, the class will learn with Rabbi Benj about the prayer service, Torah, and more!  At the end of the second year of study, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class will have their b’nai mitzvah ceremony on May 30, 2020 and lead our synagogue community in prayer, read Torah, and give a d’rash, as they become bar or bat mitzvah!  Please call the Temple Front Office to register for the class.
Cost: $540 per year, which covers all classes, tutoring, and reception celebration luncheon (partial scholarships available for those who need them)
Class Dates For July 2019-May 2020:
Hebrew: Thursdays 6-7 pm –
July 11 & 25, August 1 & 15, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 14 & 21, December 5, 12 & 19, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14.

Judaica: Thursdays 7-9 pm – July 11, August 1, September 12, October 3, November 14, December
12, January 9, February 13, March 12, April 2 and May 14.

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