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Advanced Biblical Hebrew

Dr. Abby Limmer
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Prerequisites: The ability to read and understand Tanakh in Hebrew, using grammar book and dictionary.
Students will practice reading texts from the Tanakh and will learn and review grammar points and vocabulary as they arise. We will focus on narrative portions of the Tanakh rather than poetry.
Session I: August 14, 21, & 28; September 11 & 25; October 2
Session II: October 16, 23, & 30; November 6, 13, & 20; December 4
Session III: January 8, 15, 22, & 29; February 5 & 12
Session IV: February 19 & 26; March 4, 11, 18, & 25
Session V: April 1, 22, & 29; May 6, 13, & 20
Registration Fees: $55/session, $190/year for members; $70/session, $240/year for non-members
Register for Session I here; Session II here; Session III here; Session IV here, and Session V hereClick here for the class flyer. 

Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Margie Kendle
Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Prerequisite: Must be able to sound out Hebrew script (with vowels).
Students will begin to learn the vocabulary and structure of Biblical Hebrew, and begin reading small blocks of biblical text. Students must be able to sound out Hebrew before the course begins, but do not need to understand any Hebrew beforehand. Please take the Hebrew Marathon if you are not confident about your reading skills.
Session I: December 5, 12, & 19; January 9, 16, & 23 
Session II: January 30; February 6, 13, 20, & 27; March 5
Session III: March 12, 19, & 26; April 2, 16, 23, & 30

Registration Fees: $55/session for members; $70/session for non-members, & there is a one-time book fee for new students of $40 per person.
Register for Session I here; Session II here; and Session III hereClick 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.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Dr. Abby Limmer
Mondays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, we will continue reviewing grammar and vocabulary from previous semesters and move on to reading Biblical Hebrew texts from the Tanakh in addition to the textbook.

Session II: October 7 & 28; November 4, 18, & 25; December 2 & 9
Session III: January 6, 13, & 27; February 3, 10, 17, & 24
Session IV: March 2, 16, 23, & 30; April 6 & 13
Session V: April 20 & 27; May 4, 11, & 18
Registration Fees: $55/session, $190/year for members; $70/session, $240/year for non-members
POSTPONED - please check back for future dates


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

Prayerbook Hebrew

Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg
Sundays, 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Learn reading and comprehension skills for Jewish participation, prayer, and vocabulary. This class is a natural follow-up for anyone who has taken Hebrew Marathon or has a basic knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, and pronunciation.
Session I: November 10, 17, 24; December 8; January 26; February 2
Session II: February 9, 16; March 1, 8, 22, 29
Registration Fees: $55/session for members; $70/session for non-members
Register for Session I here; Session II hereClick here for the class flyer. 

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 to 11:30 am
We are a self-led group that has met for many years. This year, we will continue to study Tractate Sanhedrin, which deals with the questions of jurisdiction, criminal law, and punishments. The volume we use is the new Koren Talmud Bavli Noe Edition of Tractate Sanhedrin. There is no charge for the class beyond purchasing the text. Everyone is invited to join us, no matter their background or prior knowledge. For questions, please email Steve Shawl.
Resumes September 4, 2019

Torah Study Group

Various Facilitators
Saturdays, 8:30 am to 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