Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - October 26, 2014

October 26th, 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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Basic Judaism - October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 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.
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 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://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.OaGLRGj0.dpuf
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Intermediate Judaism - October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 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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Modern Jewish History - October 22, 2014

October 22nd, 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. 

- See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.WGZKuX8b.dpuf
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Taste II: Another Bite: Jewish in America - October 15, 2014

October 15th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This three-part class will help those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand Judaism as practiced in America.  This is a broad-based presentation of three major themes in American Judaism, a fun, upbeat but intelligent approach to getting a better handle on just what today's version of our ancient religion is all about.  

Taught in the same energetic, interactive style as the hugely popular Taste of Judaism series, the classes include "Jews in America -- Movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & More)", "Assimilation & Creativity: From Davening to Rock? A Jewish Way to Pray", and "American-Israeli Relations".  Includes delicious "tastes" of traditional Jewish foods.  

- See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.WGZKuX8b.dpuf
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Taste II: Another Bite: Jewish in America - October 9, 2014

October 9th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This three-part class will help those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand Judaism as practiced in America.  This is a broad-based presentation of three major themes in American Judaism, a fun, upbeat but intelligent approach to getting a better handle on just what today's version of our ancient religion is all about.  

Taught in the same energetic, interactive style as the hugely popular Taste of Judaism series, the classes include "Jews in America -- Movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & More)", "Assimilation & Creativity: From Davening to Rock? A Jewish Way to Pray", and "American-Israeli Relations".  Includes delicious "tastes" of traditional Jewish foods.  

- See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.WGZKuX8b.dpuf
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - October 2, 2014

October 2nd, 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://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.WGZKuX8b.dpuf
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Taste II: Another Bite: Jewish in America - October 2, 2014

October 2nd, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This three-part class will help those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand Judaism as practiced in America.  This is a broad-based presentation of three major themes in American Judaism, a fun, upbeat but intelligent approach to getting a better handle on just what today's version of our ancient religion is all about.  

Taught in the same energetic, interactive style as the hugely popular Taste of Judaism series, the classes include "Jews in America -- Movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox & More)", "Assimilation & Creativity: From Davening to Rock? A Jewish Way to Pray", and "American-Israeli Relations".  Includes delicious "tastes" of traditional Jewish foods.  

- See more at: http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.WGZKuX8b.dpuf
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What Makes Music Jewish? - September 29, 2014

September 29th, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Baruch Cohon
Session II: Composers, performers and scholars. Religious, symphonic and operatic: Rapaport, Idelsohn, Rosenblatt, Pinchik, Copland, Halevy, etc. Interchange between Western classical and traditional Hebrew music. Jewish Musicology introduced. Yiddish Theater, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway: Thomashefsky, Secunda, Adler, Bock, Gershwin, Berlin, etc. From By Mir Bistu Sheyn to Hava Nagila.

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