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Conversion Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Jew-by-Choice here at Temple Emanu-El. We place great value on the integrity of the choice of becoming a Jew, and are privileged to have the opportunity to assist you in the process of exploring developing a Jewish identity.
The process of becoming Jewish is very individual and personal. Our conversion to Judaism
program is flexible and organic in nature, but it does have certain specific requirements to assist you in coming to understand Judaism and determine if it is a choice you wish to make.
The conversion process includes taking certain Jewish Lifelong Learning Classes, attending Shabbat and Festival Services, completing writing assignments, coming to conversion group meetings, and attending one-on-one counseling with Rabbi Appel during your conversion journey. You can find more information about the Jewish Lifelong Learning classes we recommend below.
If you would like to learn more about the conversion process, continue reading here.
If you have further questions, feel free to call our Rabbinic Assistant, Degas Lopez, at (520) 327-4501, or email her by clicking here.
You may also download our Conversion Program Introduction booklet by clicking here.


Conversion Group

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Want to find out what it really means to be Jewish? These classes are offered every three months for all who are interested in converting to Judaism, are already in the conversion process, or who want to learn more about becoming a Jew and living a Jewish life. Bring all your questions. Free and open to all.
This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 16, 2020; 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 6, 2020; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information or to attend, please email Degas Lopez, Rabbinic Assistant.

Click here for the class flyer.  

Hebrew Marathon

Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

Learn to read Hebrew in two fun sessions - just seven hours - guaranteed! This year, read along with the prayers at services, and make Hebrew a language you know!
Session I: Sunday, August 18, 1 pm - 5 pm & Monday, August 19, 6 pm - 9 pm

Session II: Sunday, November 3, 1 pm - 5 pm & Monday, November 4, 6 pm - 9 pm
Session III: Sunday, January 12, 1 pm - 5 pm & Monday, January 13, 6 pm - 9 pm
Registration Fees: $45/session for members; $60/session for non-members
Register for Session I here; Session II here; and Session III hereClick here for the class flyer. 

Hebrew Reading Boot Camp

Margie Kendle
Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Get a head start for this year’s Hebrew courses! Hebrew Boot Camp will be a fun and interactive way to brush up on Hebrew reading skills , and move towards fluid reading. Participants  will practice techniques that build familiarity and confidence with Hebrew texts. Whatever your personal goals, reading comfortably can make prayer, study, and comprehension more accessible and satisfying. An important prerequisite is the Hebrew Marathon or knowing the Hebrew aleph bet and vowels.
POSTPONED - please check back for future dates

Intermediate Judaism

Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Rabbi Norm Roman, and Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Ready to move beyond Introduction to Judaism? Join a great team of teachers for a more thorough exploration of Jewish thought and practice. Among our topics will be the origins of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism.

November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27;
March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 16, 23, 30

$150 for members; $175 for non-members.
Register hereClick here for the class flyer. 

Introduction to Judaism

Online, with Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser with the Union for Reform Judaism
Introduction to Judaism online is a live weekly video conference class where students join classmates for an engaging 21-session course offered in three consecutive trimesters. The program is suitable for adults who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. This online course is designed for those who reside in areas where Introduction to Judaism in-person classes are not available.

Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings in October 2019

$299 (register with a partner for an additional $150). 

Please visit the Union for Reform Judaism website and complete this form to indicate interest in an upcoming online class, or contact Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser via email at

A Taste of Judaism

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Everything you ever wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask! A three-class introduction to the basics of Jewish spirituality, values, and community taught in an open discussion style. A fun, vibrant, “taste” of the best Judaism has to offer, including tasty foods. Free and open to the entire community, but pre-registration is required. This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.
Session I: Sierra Vista
Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
August 22, 29; September 5
at Temple Kol Hamidbar, 228 N Canyon Dr, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635; (520) 458-8637 ​​

Session II: JCC
Sundays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
September 8, 15, 22
at the JCC, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718; (520) 299-3000

Session III: Temple Emanu-El
Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
September 12, 19, 26
Registration Fee: Free, but you must register via the Union for Reform Judaism website, or by calling Abby Limmer at the Temple office, (520) 327-4501.

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