Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah - April 10th, 2014

April 10th, 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.

- See more at: http://templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education#sthash.ELB9hx1f.dpuf

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Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - April 6th, 2014

April 6th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Staff
A two-year program that prepares participants for a group Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen Jewish knowledge and commitment.  The required courses in the first year include completion of a Hebrew Marathon and a follow-up Beginning Hebrew class, as well as completion of the Basic Judaism course.  The second year course is direct participation for a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.
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 10th, 2014, with class members leading the service and chanting from the Torah and Haftarah. For more information or to register, call Rabbi Cohon at (520) 327-4501.
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Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - March 30th, 2014

March 30th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Staff

A two-year program that prepares participants for a group Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen Jewish knowledge and commitment.  The required courses in the first year include completion of a Hebrew Marathon and a follow-up Beginning Hebrew class, as well as completion of the Basic Judaism course.  The second year course is direct participation for a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.

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 10th, 2014, with class members leading the service and chanting from the Torah and Haftarah. For more information, call Rabbi Cohon at (520) 327-4501.

- See more at: http://templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/aea-life-cycle/adult-bnai-mitzvah#sthash.dj2txVL0.dpuf

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Jewish Living - March 30th, 2014

March 30th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Through mitzvot, sacred Jewish obligations, we can change our lives, improve our community, heal the world, elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary, and transform special occasions into holy occasions.  This is a class on both what it means to be a Jew and how to be a Jew.  We will learn about mitzvot such as honoring one's parents, good stewardship of the world, and giving tzedakah, financial support for good causes.  We will learn about the Sabbath and ways to make it a "palace in time" as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel referred to it.  We will also learn about the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from the High Holy Days to Hanukkah to Passover and more.  

- See more at: http://templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education#sthash.uURKa9lH.dpuf

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Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah - March 27th, 2014

March 27th, 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.

- See more at: http://templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education#sthash.ELB9hx1f.dpuf

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Intermediate Judaism - March 27th, 2014

March 27th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

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.

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Basic Judaism - March 27th, 2014

March 27th, 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.  Course fees include textbook.

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Modern Jewish History - March 26th, 2014

March 26th, 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. 

This class will combine lecture and discussion with occasional short readings for "homework". The accompanying text is Scattered Amongst the Peoples, by Allan Levine, and is available at amazon.com for $14.

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Sefer Ha-Aggadah: The Book of Legends - March 24th, 2014

March 24th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

A treasury of classical rabbinic literature -- Midrash, aggadah, folk tales, and sayings -- Sefer Ha-Aggadah is accessible, comprehensive, and systematic. The goal of Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky was to restore classical Hebrew literature to its former glory at the same time making it available to contemporary learners. More than a century later, Sefer Ha-Aggadah is still being studied by students at every level, from beginner to advanced learner.

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Zohar: Soul-Text of Kabbalah - March 20th, 2014

March 20th, 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.

- See more at: http://templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education#sthash.ELB9hx1f.dpuf

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