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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.  

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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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What Makes Music Jewish? - September 22, 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

Session I: Melody, rhythm, geography and purpose. Melodic patterns distinguish tunes made familiar in the synagogue. Cantorial music is typically recitative -- governed only by the accent of the words. With rhythm added, those melodies become community songs and therefore more familiar. Their style is historically different for Sephardim than for Ashkenazim. Political causes like Zionism and Socialism produce their own music, with some surprising similarities. Examples will come from various Jewish sources.

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On Wings of Awe - September 21, 2014

September 21st, 2014

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

For everyone who has ever struggled through a long Days of Awe service and wondered why he or she was there, this is a two-part exploration of the great themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer, including an introduction to the music.  Make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur matter this time around!  Two sessions with honey cake, tea, and coffee at the break. Fun, informative, entertaining, and different.  

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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - September 18, 2014

September 18th, 2014

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon 
Session I

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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