Ongoing Weekly Classes

Torah Study

Our Shabbat morning Torah Study focuses on the weekly Torah portion. The session is built on the reading and translation of various passages from the Torah portion, traditional commentary and group discussion. No background in Hebrew or the Bible is necessary, only an interest in exploring the text.

Saturdays; 9-10:15 am


Moving Past the Alef-Bet: Prayer Hebrew I

Do you already know the alef-bet but need more practice reading? In this class, Melinda Freed will lead students in reviewing the prayers used in the worship service. Students must have a prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and vowels or be willing to spend time “catching up”.

Wednesdays, January 8 – April 29; 7:30-8:30 pm

(No class April 8)

Fee: $30 TE Members; $40 non-members

**Fee includes book and other materials


Wednesday Night Classes

Temple Emanuel is the place to be on Wednesday night! Inspiring and nurturing lifelong learning at Temple, we are excited to add an adult education series to our already vibrant — Torah Center, B’nei Mitzvah tutoring, our J-Line high school program — educational offerings. Sign up for a three-week class on a topic of particular interest, or string together multiple series for a refresher or introductory course on Jewish tradition. No cost is involved, though you might consider investing in the suggested readings. All class will be on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm.

Jewish Prayer 101 with Rabbi Jessica Locketz

Explore the history of Judaism’s most important book, become more familiar with the prayers, and enrich your subsequent worship opportunities at Temple in this 3 session series.

October 16: The Siddur

October 23: Shabbat Evening Services

October 30: Shabbat Morning Services

Suggested Reading: Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer


Jewish Prayer 102 with Rabbi Aaron Meyer

When should we be changed by the prayers that we say and when should the prayers change to accommodate new understandings? Explore the tensions in non-Orthodox prayer in this 3 session series.

November 6: Gender Inclusivity

November 13: Problematic Prayers

November 20: Conceptual Shifts

Suggested Reading: Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer


Jewish Holidays with Rabbi Emily Meyer

Examine the historical underpinnings (real or imagined), traditional practices, and contemporary innovations for the various holidays in the Jewish year.

December 4: Fall Holidays

December 11: Spring Holidays

December 18: Winter Holidays

Suggested Reading: Celebrating the Jewish Year by Paul Steinberg


Judaism and God: An Evolving Story with Rabbi Jessica Locketz

Jewish sources discuss, debate, clarify, and crystalize our conceptions of God in every age and stage of the Jewish people. Explore different viewpoints and deepen your own understandings in this 3 session series.

January 8: The God of the Hebrew Bible

January 15: The God of Rabbinic Literature

January 22: God after the Holocaust

Suggested Reading: Finding God by Sonsino and Syme


The Jewish Lifecycle with Rabbi Aaron Meyer

Ritual, superstition, history, and values weave together as we mark the passage of time in Jewish life. Learn more about how these events form the backbone for Jewish sacred living.

January 29: Welcoming a Jewish Baby

February 5: B’nei Mitzvah, Confirmation, Graduation

February 12: The New Jewish Wedding

February 19: Conversion to Judaism

Suggested Reading: Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant


Death & Mourning with Rabbi Aaron Meyer

Perhaps the singular lifecycle event that Jewish tradition gets right — and modern Jews get wrong — are our rituals around death and mourning. Examine the history and contemporary practice to clarify your own wishes.

February 26: Living and Ethical Wills

March 4: The Funeral Service

March 11: Shiva, Shloshim, and Yahrzeit

Suggested Reading: Saying Kaddish by Anita Diamant


Meaning Making: Passover with Rabbi Jessica Locketz

The formative event of the Jewish narrative past is told and retold every year. Add new learnings and rituals to your Seder table in 5780!

March 18: Understanding the Haggadah

March 25: Meaningful Modern Sederim

April 1: Model Seder

Suggested Reading: The JPS Commentary of the Haggadah by Joseph Tabory

Contact the Temple office (412-279-7600) to register for classes (no registration needed for Torah Study)