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Jewish Spirituality



Creating a Jewish Money Ethic

Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Sundays, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Is wealth a blessing or responsibility? What is the history of Jewish philanthropy? How
can we craft our own personal and Jewish approach to our money? This course, based
on the book The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic, examines how we can
apply Jewish ethics to money. The editor, Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, is our Bilgray Scholar
this year, and this class builds up to that weekend.

November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 8, 15; January 12
January 16 - 7:00 pm, Bilgray Lectureship with Rabbi Mary Zamore, "The Moral & Spiritual Challenges of Wealth"
January 17 - 7:30 pm, Friday night service, "We Should & Can Talk About Money" 
January 18 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Rabbi's Tish, "Coveting vs Contentment"

$55 for members; $70 for non-members
Register hereClick here for the class flyer. 


Modern Midrash

Rabbi Norm Roman
Tuesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
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 missing details, listening for missing voices and words 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 also include background into the classic
processes of Midrash and Rabbinic interpretation.

$40 for members; $55 for non-members

POSTPONED - please check back for future dates

Conversion Group

Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Want to find out what it really means to be Jewish? 

Temple Emanu-El’s conversion group meets every three months. The group is open to 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.
At each meeting, you will have an opportunity to speak with others who are going through the conversion process, as well as a guest speaker who has already completed the conversion process. You will also be able to ask Rabbi Appel any questions you may have about conversion. 
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
If you have questions, please call Rabbi Appel’s assistant at (520) 327-4501, extension 16, or email her by clicking here. You do not need to register for a Conversion Group meeting ahead of time; however, if you would like to do so, you can call the Temple office at (520) 327-4501, or via our website at Click here for the class flyer. 

Temple Emanu-El Drash Program

Fran Haggerty
An exciting and profound way to involve yourself in Jewish learning and teaching with our entire Temple! Read, study, and write about the Torah portion of the week, and explain what it means to you personally. The drash is delivered at Friday evening services at Temple Emanu-El. This is a rare opportunity to engage in the most sacred of Jewish acts: the learning and teaching of Torah.
Free of charge. To sign up for the Drash Program, contact Fran Haggerty.
This program is for Temple Emanu-El members only. For more information on membership at Temple Emanu-El, contact Executive Director Donna Beyer.




Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Rabbi Norm Roman, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, 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 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).

For more information, please visit the Union for Reform Judaism website. To register, please complete this form to indicate interest in an upcoming online class.

The Rabbi's Tish

Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Select Saturdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to probe the text of the weekly Torah portion in depth, as well as to discuss and argue with your fellow students at an extended, interactive Torah study and potluck lunch.  Join us for the best casual lunch and finest Jewish conversation in Tucson!
August 24; September 28; October 12; November 16; December 7; January 18 (Bilgray Tish with Rabbi Mary L. Zemore); February 1; March 28; April 18
Free and open to all.  No registration is necessary.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.


Talmud Study Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
We are a self-led group, and everyone is invited to join us, no matter their background
or prior knowledge. This year, we will continue to study Tractate Sanhedrin, which deals
with questions of jurisdiction, criminal law, and punishments. Our text is the new Koren
Talmud Bavli
, The Noe Edition, Vol. 29, Tractate Sanhedrin. Please email Steve Shawl at if you have questions.

Starts September 4, 2019.

This class is free aside from the cost of the text, and all are welcome.


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 Jewish Community Center, 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.

Torah Study Group

Various Facilitators
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 10:00 am (except Saturdays with a Rabbi’s Tish)

An open, interactive exploration of the Torah portion of the week.

Free and open to all ─ come and study with us! No registration is necessary.


The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah

Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Have you always been intrigued by Jewish mysticism? Do you want to know more about the Kabbalah, about the daring and controversial religious ideas that shocked and fascinated medieval Jews and Christians—and that are now part of modern Jewish customs and ceremonies? This is your opportunity to learn. Please join me to discuss and ponder the most significant of all Kabbalistic texts—the Zohar, The Book of Splendor. Even though Jewish tradition suggests that one must be at least 40 years of age before engaging in this study, I promise that I will not be checking your birth certificate.
Session I: August 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3
Session II: October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 21; December 5
Session III: December 12, 19; January 9, 16, 23, 30 
Session IV: February 6, 13, 27; March 5, 12, 19
Session V: March 26; April 2, 16, 23, 30; May 7
Registration Fees: $55/session, $200/year for members; $70/session, $250/year for non-members
Register for Session I or a full year here, Session II here, Session III here, Session IV here, and Session V hereClick here for the class flyer. 
Thu, April 9 2020 15 Nisan 5780