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Free Classes and Programs

After registering for any of the classes below (if registration is necessary), you should receive login information and instructions for using Zoom approximately 24 hours before the first class. These instructions will come from

Drash Program

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.
To sign up for the Drash Program, contact Fran HaggertyThis program is for Temple Emanu-El members only. For more information on membership at Temple Emanu-El, contact Executive Director Donna Beyer.

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. 

Sunday Salons

Curated by JLL Chairman Bob Schwartz
Judaism is dynamic, varied, and all-encompassing. The Sunday Salon Series is a vehicle to touch on many diverse aspects of our religion. These free programs are created to support our congregants’ interests, current developments in the Jewish world, and the Jewish liturgical cycle. They are open to members and non-members alike. As this series is continually evolving, please consult the Temple weekly email, the Temple Times, flyers, or our office for particulars each month. 
Sundays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public! Please register below or call (520) 327-4501 so that we know that you will be joining us.

Talmud Study Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
via Zoom until further notice
No fee or registration necessary
Talmud study has been going at Temple Emanu-El for many years, and we’d love you to you join us! No experience necessary—just an interest in learning more about this important fundamental text of rabbinic Judaism. There are no Talmudic experts in the group; even those of us who have attended for years are far from expert, but we have continued attending because it’s both interesting and fun.
We have been studying Sanhedrin—the tractate concerning jurisdiction, criminal law and punishments. We will soon be finishing the 6 chapters contained in Part 1 of the book we purchased and will then start Part 2 containing chapters 7-11, whose topics are outlined below. The volume we will use is the Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Sanhedrin Part 2 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, which is available from Amazon. A less expensive PDF that you can use on your computer or iPad is available at
We do not know exactly when we will complete Part 1 but we expect it probably to be in November. If you are possibly interested in joining us, contact Steve Shawl (, and we can let you know when we are ready to start Part 2.
Here are the chapters:
7. The 4 types of capital punishments, details of crimes which merit stoning (in fact stoning was only actually done if the convict survived being dropped off a 5-meter cliff first)
8. The rebellious son, and other crimes for which the offender is killed before committing the actual prohibition, and the commandments which Jews are to die before violating.
9. Details of crimes meriting capital punishment by burning (actually the pouring of hot lead down the throat, the Sadducee heretics instead used burning at the stake) or beheading; auxiliary punishments
10. Details of crimes meriting capital punishment by strangulation (i.e. hanging)
11. The World to Come and who does not receive it.


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

Torah Study Group

Various Facilitators
Saturdays, 8:30 am to 10:00 am
via Zoom until further notice
No fee or registration necessary

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 email Kilian Metcalf at
Thu, November 26 2020 10 Kislev 5781