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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.

September 8, 2019
The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times, with Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai
The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) is filled with stories about women, but no single story provides a complete picture of women’s lives – nor is any biblical woman meant to be typical of all Israelite women.  Archaeology offers an alternate resource, one that allows us to go beyond the Bible in order to examine everyday life in Iron Age Israel.  It brings us into villages and homes, and shows us dishes and tools, shrines and figurines, workplaces and tombs.  This discussion uses archaeological resources to explore the lives of Israelite women, helping us place the biblical narratives into their ancient real-life setting.
Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai is Associate Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and is affiliated with the University of Arizona School of Anthropology and School of Middle East and North African Studies. Her research focuses on the lives of women in antiquity, on Canaanite and Israelite religion and culture, and on Israelite village life.  Her books as author or editor include Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel and The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East
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October 13, 2019
A Bissel Yiddish (A Little Bit of Yiddish), with Bob Schwartz
“Older than the English we speak, Yiddish is the Robin Hood of languages. It steals from the linguistically rich to give to the fledgling poor,” writes Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish. It is the language that Eastern European Jews brought to America, where the English language gratefully accepted the gift of its unique vocabulary and syntax. This overview (including a few jokes) features the language that is as fascinating and resilient as the people who created it.
Bob Schwartz is chair of the Temple Emanu-El Jewish Lifelong Learning committee.
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November 10 & 17, 2019 
Anti-Semitism Yesterday and Today: The Long History and the Major Trends (Part I and Part II), with Dr. David Graizbord
University of Arizona historian Dr. David Graizbord explores the long history of and major trends in anti-Jewish sentiment—from the earliest arguments between Christianizing Jews and Judaizing Christians to the current assaults on Jewish legitimacy and security. He examines various definitions of anti-Semitism, looks at the differences among various types, and offers essential perspective for Jews encountering anti-Judaism today.
Dr. David Graizbord is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, on the faculty of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. A historian of early modern and modern Jews, his research most recently includes Jewish ethnic identity and Zionism among American Jews. His forthcoming book is The New Zionists: Young American Jews, Jewish National Identity, and Israel. He serves as Program Leader for the University of Arizona Summer Study Abroad Program, Arizona in Israel.
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November 24, 2019
How to Make a Golem, with Bob Schwartz
The golem is one of the most enduring and mysterious myths in Jewish history. The ability to bring a man of clay to life, by means of holy letters and names, has fascinated and sometimes tempted mystical scholars for centuries. This is an overview of the history and mystique of the golem, including how it has found its way into popular culture—most famously in the novel Frankenstein. Clips from the celebrated 1920 German film Der Golem by Paul Wegener will be shown, but no golems will be made or brought to life—at least not here.
Bob Schwartz is chair of the Temple Emanu-El Jewish Lifelong Learning committee.

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March 1, 2020
The Real Story of Jewish Liberalism: Judaism, Jews, and the Downtrodden in a Historical Perspective, with Dr. Gil Ribak, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.
Many scholars have explained American Jewish liberal/progressive views as a direct result of the alleged universal values of Judaism, and/or Jewish historical experience. According to those interpretations, Jews often identified “down”, i.e., with the downtrodden and other marginalized groups. When one looks at many of the tenets of Judaism, rabbinical discourse, and Jewish historical experience, however, they reflect a different streak altogether. Our discussion would focus on those themes and hopefully would help to dispel some of the common misconceptions about the nexus between Judaism, Jews, and liberalism/progressivism.
Dr. Gil Ribak is Assistant Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. He was formerly Lewin Postdoctoral Fellow in American Jewish History at Washington University in St. Louis and Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. He previously taught at Oberlin College and served as Director of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His most recent book is Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants.
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March 22, 2020
The Jewish Question: A Short History of Jewish Emancipation with Dr. Deborah Kaye, Instructor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Historically, in countries where Jews have lived, there has been discussion and debate about “the Jewish Question”—whether and how to emancipate the Jews and give them equal rights and privileges as citizens. Learning the history of Jewish emancipation is important in understanding anti-Jewish attitudes today.
Dr. Deborah Kaye is an instructor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Her courses include Modern and Medieval Jewish History, Women and Judaism, Jewish Thought and Culture, and Modern Israel. She is editor of Medieval/Early Modern Jewish Studies at the Religious Studies Review. Her current book project is The Catholic Church and the Emancipation of the Jews in Modern Italy, 1815-1921.
March 29, 2020
A Seder Without History: What If the Exodus Didn’t Happen? with Bob Schwartz
Substantial modern scholarship questions whether the exodus from Egypt—along with some other biblical narratives—is an actual historical account. The exodus story retold at Passover is not only central to the holiday; it is an essential part of Jewish tradition and culture. Does it matter if the Exodus didn’t happen? Or, as even some Orthodox scholars say, should the historical actuality matter little to the core of our Jewish faith?
Bob Schwartz is chair of Jewish Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El. He worked for a number of years alongside leading religion scholars focused on the issue of biblical historicity.

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