Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015

The Holiest Places on Earth
Taught By Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Join Rabbi Cohon for this three-part class on what makes places holy and what role the human-divine partnership plays in creating, transforming, maintaining, and losing sanctity over time. We will examine locations holy to a wide variety of religious traditions past and present, exploring their commonality and difference. What makes people choose a site for sanctification?  Why do some become places of pilgrimage and how does that change them?  How are we influenced by topography, history, and natural, shaped, and man-made beauty in our choice of sacred sites?  And what kinds of experiences do these sites engender for believers and other visitors?

This class will focus on the most ancient sacred places of pre-history, before moving on to the holiest sites for Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and the Middle East.  Rabbi Cohon recently returned from his sabbatical trip to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 125 sacred places in 20 countries around the world in three months.  He is working on a book on the journey.
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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - July 16, 2015

July 16th, 2015

The Holiest Places on Earth
Taught By Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Join Rabbi Cohon for this three-part class on what makes places holy and what role the human-divine partnership plays in creating, transforming, maintaining, and losing sanctity over time. We will examine locations holy to a wide variety of religious traditions past and present, exploring their commonality and difference. What makes people choose a site for sanctification?  Why do some become places of pilgrimage and how does that change them?  How are we influenced by topography, history, and natural, shaped, and man-made beauty in our choice of sacred sites?  And what kinds of experiences do these sites engender for believers and other visitors?

This class will focus on the most ancient sacred places of pre-history, before moving on to the holiest sites for Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and the Middle East.  Rabbi Cohon recently returned from his sabbatical trip to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 125 sacred places in 20 countries around the world in three months.  He is working on a book on the journey.
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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - June 23, 2015

June 23rd, 2015

Geography of the Prayerbook
Taught by Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Ever feel like the Rabbis and Cantor are on page 63 of the prayerbook while you are still on page 5? 
Join us as we study the history and meaning of prayers, the order of the Shabbat liturgy, and practice singing your favorite Shabbat melodies. Hebrew reading not required.
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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - June 16, 2015

June 16th, 2015

Geography of the Prayerbook 
Taught by Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Ever feel like the Rabbis and Cantor are on page 63 of the prayerbook while you are still on page 5? 
Join us as we study the history and meaning of prayers, the order of the Shabbat liturgy, and practice singing your favorite Shabbat melodies. Hebrew reading not required.
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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - June 9, 2015

June 9th, 2015

Geography of the Prayerbook 
Taught by Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Ever feel like the Rabbis and Cantor are on page 63 of the prayerbook while you are still on page 5? 
Join us as we study the history and meaning of prayers, the order of the Shabbat liturgy, and practice singing your favorite Shabbat melodies. Hebrew reading not required.
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - May 14, 2015

May 14th, 2015

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.gSGzC4xG.dpuf
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Basic Judaism - May 14, 2015

May 14th, 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.REPlri75.dpuf
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Basic Judaism - April 30, 2015

April 30th, 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.

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Intermediate Judaism - April 30, 2015

April 30th, 2015

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 - April 30, 2015

April 30th, 2015

Taught by Lori Reigel (Substitute)

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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