Friday, April 28, 2017

Classes, events, and programs are open to Temple members and the community at large. It is Temple Emanu-El policy to make it possible for anyone to attend, regardless of financial situation. Call the Temple Office to make arrangements; your privacy will be respected.

Look for fliers, Ha-Sofer bulletin articles, and on the website for announcements with updated information about our programs.

New people bring new and interesting ideas. If you have suggestions or Jewish-related instructional talents you'd like to share, or if you would like to join the committee, which meets once a month, contact Adult Ed Chair Madelynn Micon (619) 200-3237 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some of our learning opportunities include....
iEngage Lecture Series
Last year’s iEngage programs from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel were intellectually stimulating and provided a forum to begin to explore issues relating to building a shared society in the modern State of Israel. Whether you were able to attend any of last year’s lectures or not, you won’t want to miss this year’s conversations.

The second iEngage series confronts the challenge of creating a Jewish and democratic public space in Israel - a shared common space for a people divided along “tribal” affiliations: religious, ideological, national and geographic. This is a great opportunity to build new bridges of understanding and cooperation, and learn how to talk about the dilemmas of Jewish statehood.

iEngage video lectures and discussions, scheduled partly at Tifereth Israel and partly at Temple Emanu-El, will be led by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal and Rabbi Devorah Marcus through May of 2017. There is no charge and no reservation is
necessary.  The remaining lectures are as follows:

Sunday, April 16
9:30 am at Temple Emanu-El
Synagogue and State: The Israeli Experience

Thursday, May 4
7 pm at Temple Emanu-El
Sharing the Public Sphere: New Foundations for a Jewish Democracy

Thursday, May 11 - Closing Lecture
7 pm at Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
Tribes and Peoplehood: Reflections on Living in a Tribal Family

Torah for the Table - Saucy Women of the Torah
This year we will get in touch with the wild side of the Torah and learn about some women who stirred things up and became legends in their own time. They all have a healthy dose of spice and kick in their stories and we will explore them and the foods they inspire. Don’t miss out on this popular series!

7 sessions, all at 7 pm   Wed. 11/16/16, Wed. 12/7/16, Wed. 1/11/17, Thurs. 2/9/17, Thurs. 4/13/17, Thurs. 5/11/17, Wed. 6/14/17. Locations to be determined—Let us know if you can host a session!
Cost: $60 for the series or $10 per class.  Call the Temple Office at (619) 286-2555 to sign up for this series.

Coffee with the Rabbi
Join us for our Coffee with the Rabbi series this year. These sessions will be an open forum to discuss current events and topics of interest to the group.  No preparation is necessary, just an interest in Jewish learning and a chance to pick Rabbi Devorah’s brain.

Twice monthly on Wednesdays, 11am — 12pm
October 19, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21, January 18, February 1 & 15, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17 and June 7 & 21.
Cost is Free—No RSVP required.

Adult Ed Film: "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"
Saturday, April 29 at 7 pm
In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce.  Only rabbis can legitimize a marriage or its dissolution.  After a lukewarm 20 year marriage, Viviane Amsalem appeals to her husband’s compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document.  In the court proceeding, tragedy vies with absurdity as everything is brought out for judgement.  The film, directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, was made in Israel and France in 2014.  Laurie Baron, Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University, will introduce the film and lead the discussion to follow.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested, which includes popcorn and candy.  No reservation is necessary.

Temple Emanu-El Book Group
Do you love to read?  Would you like to meet with other readers for lively discussions?  Our book group focuses on novels with Jewish content. Contact the Temple Office at (619) 286-2555 if you are interested.  Watch for dates and times in the bulletin and Shofar Blast announcements.

The Joy of Hebrew - Adult Hebrew Classes
Sunday Sessions with Shelley Sloan  11:30 am - 12:30 pm in Classroom 3
Learn to read liturgy, common vocabulary words and conversational Hebrew.

Wednesday Sessions with Becky Combest  6 - 6:45 pm in Classroom 5 
Beginning Hebrew starting with the aleph-bet.

Sunday Session Schedule:
September 11, 18, 25  October 9, 16, 23  November 6  December 4, 11  January 8, 22, 29  February 26  March 5, 19  April 2, 23, 30 and May 7, 21

Wednesday Session Schedule:
November 2, 9, 16  December 7, 14  January 11, 18, 25  February 1, 8 15, 22  March 1, 8, 15, 22  April 5, 26 and May 3, 10