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Jewish Spirituality

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


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.


Talmud Study Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
via Zoom until further notice
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.

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


Torah Study Group

Various Facilitators
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
via Zoom until further notice

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. For more information, please contact Kilian Metcalf at


Wrestling with Ancient Claims

Tuesdays, beginning August 18, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm
with Rabbi Norm Roman
Via Zoom until further notice
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.
Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781