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Jewish Spirituality


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, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
with Rabbi Norm Roman
Via Zoom until further notice
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.
This class will take place via Zoom only, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, on August 11, 18, 25, and September 1, 2020. The cost is $40 for members & $55 for non-members.
After registering and paying the fee, you should receive login information and instructions for using Zoom within 48 hours of registering. These instructions will come from
Mon, July 13 2020 21 Tammuz 5780