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Jewish Culture

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
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

Jewish Novels Group

Linda Levine, Ed.D.
Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm beginning August 20, 2020
Via Zoom until further notice
No fee; however, if you have not attended Jewish Novels Group before, please register here in order to receive the Zoom login information.
Join us for a monthly discussion of beloved Jewish novels! Email Degas Lopez or Linda Levine for information. 
August 20, 2020 - The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Sept 17, 2020 - The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown
Oct 15, 2020 - Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner 
Nov 19, 2020 - Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi by Manishtana
Dec 17, 2020 - by Nathan Englander 
Jan 21, 2021 - Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Feb 18, 2021 - A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
March 18, 2021 - Here I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
April 15, 2021 - The Guest Book by Sara Blake
May 20, 2021 - A River Could Be A Tree by Angela Himse

Literary Urges - Contemporary Jewish short stories replete with triggers and head-scratchers

Rabbi Scott Saulson
Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm beginning October 20, 2020
via Zoom until further notice
free for Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash members; & $50 for non-members.
We will read and discuss the book What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander.
All students will need to purchase their own copy of the book, or check out a copy from the library. The book can be purchased here on Amazon as a paperback or for an e-reader, or you can check your local library here, or you can call a Bookman's location to see if they have a second-hand copy. If you have trouble locating the book, please email Degas Lopez.

Mah Jongg Group

Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
postponed until further notice
No fee or registration necessary
An easy-going, friendly Mah Jongg group, everyone is welcome to drop in!
This ongoing group is free aside from the cost of the yearly Mah Jongg Rule Book, and all are welcome! No registration is necessary. 

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

Wrestling with Ancient Claims

Rabbi Norm Roman
Tuesdays, beginning August 18, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Via Zoom until further notice
The cost is $40 for Temple Emanu-El & Congregation Or Chadash members, & $55 for non-members.
This class has ended - thank you to everyone who participated!
Through a contemporary lens, we will explore some of the most famous (and infamous) stories in the Torah, trying our best to fill in the blanks with possible details that are missing, listening for the voices of those whose words have been omitted from the text, and adding our own insights to the eternal messages of our sacred heritage (e.g. was Abraham really intending to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Mt. Moriah?)
Our discussion will include background into the classic processes of Midrash and Rabbinic interpretation.
Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782