Intermediate Judaism - January 15, 2015

January 15th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today.  As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.
- See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.jb8vinY3.dpuft of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.

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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - January 15, 2015

January 15th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer
The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language.  The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  
This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.
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Practical Judaism - January 13, 2015

January 13th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Through mitzvot, sacred Jewish obligations, we can change our lives and elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Jewish ritual can sometimes seem complex, and the "how" of Judaism can feel like something that was taught on the day that we missed class. This class is all about how to do ritual mitzvot, and how to fulfill the ritual aspects of Judaism.  We will learn about mitzvot for the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from Shabbat to Passover to Hanukkah and more. We will explore the mitzvot for life cycle events such as weddings, funerals, brit milah, and baby naming. We will examine the mitzvah of tzedakah, charity. In each instance, we will be actively doing and practicing each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.

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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - January 8, 2015

January 8th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language.  The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  

This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.

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Basic Judaism - January 8, 2015

January 8th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel


This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students. - See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.gSGzC4xG.dpuf

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Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - December 28, 2014

December 28th, 2014

Taught by Margaret Kendle, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, & Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The second-year course in the Temple Emanu-El Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, this eight-month long course leads to a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Students gain familiarity and comfort leading the liturgy for both Friday night and Saturday morning services, as well as the ability to chant from the Torah and Haftarah. In addition, a fundamental understanding of Jewish prayer and study concepts and techniques will be taught. This class culminates with a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, with class members 
leading the service and chanting from the Torah and Haftarah.
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Basic Judaism - December 18, 2014

December 18th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students. - See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.gSGzC4xG.dpuf
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - December 18, 2014

December 18th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language.  The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  

This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.

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Modern Jewish History - December 17, 2014

December 17th, 2014

Taught by Kelly Feinstein-Johnson, Ph.D.

This 9-week course examines major turning points in Jewish history from the early modern period through the tewntieth century: Expulsion from Spain and the formation of the modern Diaspora, the development of Jewish mystical and messianic movements, the challenge of modernization, the rise of political anti-Semitism, the flowering of Yiddish literature and culture, the Jewish enlightenment and the revival of Hebrew, the migration of European Jews to America, the nearly total destruction of European Jewry in the twentieth century, the advent of Zionism and the creation of modern Israel. We will ground these larger movements by focusing on important cities in Jewish history -- Seville, Venice, Constantinople, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and New York. It will emphasize the diversity of Jewish cultures and their creative responses to the challenges (and catastrophies) they have encountered during the five centuries that extend from 1492 to the present. 

For those who have taken Basic Judaism, this course is a more in-depth look at the history introduced in that class. 

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Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - December 14, 2014

December 14th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon & Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

The second-year course in the Temple Emanu-El Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, this eight-month long course leads to a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Students gain familiarity and comfort leading the liturgy for both Friday night and Saturday morning services, as well as the ability to chant from the Torah and Haftarah. In addition, a fundamental understanding of Jewish prayer and study concepts and techniques will be taught. This class culminates with a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, with class members 
leading the service and chanting from the Torah and Haftarah.
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