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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 email Sarah Bollt, clergy assistant at Congregation Or Chadash, by clicking here.


For the Fall semester, JLL classes are FREE for all Temple Emanu-El members in good standing. If you are not sure if you are a member in good standing, please contact Executive Director Donna Beyer at dbeyer@tetucson.org.
 
After registering and paying the fee for any of the classes below, you should receive login information and instructions for using Zoom approximately 24 hours before the first class. These instructions will come from dlopez@tetucson.org.

Conversion Group

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim & Rabbi Scott Saulson
via Zoom until further notice
Stay tuned for the next meeting date!

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.
 
If you have further questions, feel free to email Sarah Bollt, clergy assistant at Congregation Or Chadash, by clicking here.

This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

 

 

Hebrew Marathon

Cantorial Soloist
Marjorie Hochberg
via Zoom until further notice
The cost is $40 for Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash members & $55 for non-members.
 
 
 
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!
 
The Hebrew Marathon will take place via Zoom only.
 
Session One will be on Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please register and pay here.
 
Session Two will be on Sunday, January 10, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and on Monday, January 11, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please register and pay here.

Congregation Or Chadash's Introduction to Judaism

Taught by Rabbi Thomas Louchheim & Cantor Janece Cohen
Sundays twice monthly, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Resuming July 12, 2020
Classes held via Zoom
 
 
  • What does it mean to be a Jew?
  • What are Jewish values?
  • How does Judaism differ from Christianity and Islam?
  • What are the differences between Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaism?
  • What do Jews believe about God?
  • How are American Jews connected to Israel?
  • From cradle to grave, what are the ways Jews observe the life cycle?
Explore the answers to these questions and more.
 
$100 Member | $150 Friend
NOTE: This class is cyclical. You may join at any point during the year.
Contact Sarah at sarah@octucson.org or (520) 900-7027 to register.
Check back for the 2020-2021 class schedule.
 

A Taste of Judaism

Rabbis Scott Saulson & Thomas Louchheim
via Zoom only
No fee, but you must register via the Union for Reform Judaism website, or by calling Abby Limmer at the Temple office, (520) 327-4501.
 
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 via Zoom in an open discussion style. A fun, vibrant, “taste” of the best Judaism has to offer. 
 
This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El, with the support of the National Center to Encourage Judaism (NCEJ), and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
 
Sundays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm via Zoom
August 23, 30 & September 13
Online only via Zoom

Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
August 27 & September 3 & 10
Online only via Zoom

 

 
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