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Register for classes! Temple Emanu-El 2018-2019
100 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820
Fees: Members: $36 per person per semester
Non-Members: $50 per person per semester
Benefactor of Scholar-In-Residence* $________ ($180/person)
* $180 per person includes listing of name(s) as Benefactor(s)
with no additional fees for Adult Education courses
Total Due $________
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Make check payable to: Temple Emanu-El.
Please mail or bring this form and the fees on or before the first class OR you can register online at:
Intro to Torah Trope Cantor Sharon Kohn
The Prayerbook 101 Debbi Sager
How Jews Choose Rabbi Victor Appell &
Hazzan Sheldon Levin
Twelve Tremendous Texts Rabbi David Vaisberg
History, Politics, & Diplomacy of the Arab- Israeli Conflict Rabbi David Vaisberg
Introduction to Judaism Rabbi David Vaisberg & Rabbi Eric Rosin
Improving Hebrew Reading Bruce Greenberg
Middle East. Rabbi Yoffie is an expert on Modern Israel, and has written widely on issues of peace and security in Israel and on relations between Israel and America and between Israelis and American Jews.
Regular attendance earns you 4 Confirmation program credits in Torah for the year.
Welcome! Inside this booklet, you will find an array of opportunities to advance your Jewish learning, from culinary expeditions to works of fiction, from Torah study to cantillation.
This year brings some exciting changes. We are partnering with Congregation Neve Shalom to expand our learning opportunities. Many of the adult learning courses offered by Neve Shalom are now available to members of Temple Emanu-El. Many Temple Emanu-El courses will also be available to members of Neve Shalom. We hope this joint venture will bring you a greater array of choices from more teachers.
Our new tuition schedule will make taking classes more affordable than ever. Tuition of $36 per semester allows members to take as many classes as they wish at Emanu-El. This also includes any classes available for our member at Neve Shalom. Tuition for non-members will be $50 per semester. Selected courses will have additional fees. $180 allows a member to become a Benefactor, which includes a full year of tuition and supports our popular Scholar-in-Residence program.
We look forward to learning with you this year!
The Temple Emanu-El Lifelong Learning Committee
Diana S. Herman Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat with Rabbi Eric Yoffie
New this year!
Rabbi Yoffie will lead Torah Study at 9 AM on April 6, 2019 & will deliver two lectures after Shabbat services
Shabbat mornings at 9:00 am. Start Saturday off with a look at the week’s Torah portion. No experience necessary! At 10:00 am, join us for Shabbat services and celebrate as a student becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or worship at an intimate musical service, perfect for all ages.
Torah Study with Rabbi David Vaisberg
This year, we look forward to welcoming Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism. A bold, compelling, and inspiring speaker, Rabbi Yoffie lectures at universities and congregations on Israel and the
Required text: The Art of Cantillation, Behrman House, $28.95
Confirmation program credits: 2 in Ritual
Tuesdays 7 pm: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13
involved.Whether you are a seasoned “davener” or a parent of a Hebrew school child, this course is for you. No Hebrew necessary.
Temple Emanu-El Adult Choir with Cantor Sharon Kohn
sessions is highly recommended. Musical skill and/or 'talent' is not required. The ability to decode Hebrew is needed.
Do you love to sing? We do! We rehearse almost
weekly, and sing at the first Shabbat service each
month. We also lead the community in annual events,
including the Interfaith Thanksgiving program, the MLK
service and the Yom HaShoah memorial. No formal musical training is necessary.
This course will cover the basic outline of a Shabbat worship service. Learn the order of the prayers, the basic meanings of the prayers, and some of the rituals
The Prayer Book 101 with Debbi Sager
This course has an additional fee of $20 per class, or $54 for all three classes.
Ritual & Worship Classes
Learn the basics of Torah chanting with Cantor Kohn. Participants will learn the core symbols that comprise 80-90% of all Torah portions and master the technique of preparing a portion. Attending all 6
Why is Religion so Violent & What Can We Do About It?
with Rabbi Gerald Zelizer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom
Intro to Torah Trope with Cantor Sharon Kohn
Confirmation program credits: 2 in Worship
Tuesday nights, 7:30-8:30pm, March 12, 19, 26, April 2
Do you like to eat? Do you enjoy a culinary adventure? Are you interested in learning about Jews from diverse cultures? If so, this course is for you. Back by popular demand, the Worldly Jewish Dining Club will visit a variety of international restaurants, enjoying
Confirmation program credits: 2 in History
Shabbat afternoons following lunch (included), January 12, February 9, March 30
The sacred literature of monotheistic religions, including Judaism, is double edged – with
sources of hostility and exclusivity parallel to sources of compassion and universalism. In our own time, the violent component can result in killing and war. The class will study some of those sources in the three Abrahamic religions, explore the reasons why they are there, and look at other sources and voices that attempted to reform the violence.
Confirmation program credits: 4 in Ritual, Worship
Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00pm, all year round
Worldly Jewish Dining Club
Confirmation program credits: 1 in History
Sundays 12:30 PM- October 28, November 18, December 16, January 27, March 31.
This is open to Temple Emanu-El members;
there is no charge.
delicious meals and learning about Jewish life in the area from which the cuisine originates. Participants arrange their own transportation, meet at the restaurant, and pay for their own meals. Locations are announced several weeks prior to the class.
Rabbi Dr. Aaron D. Panken was a scholar, teacher, visionary, philanthropist, and mensch in the Reform movement, most recently serving as President of the Hebrew Union College— Jewish Institute of Religion. This past May, tragically, his life was cut short in a plane crash. His students across the globe are honoring his memory by sharing his teachings in their communities. No background in Talmud is necessary, and this course will be taught using English translations.
Confirmation program credits: 2 in Ritual
Sundays at 11:15 AM - ^at Temple Emanu-El *at Neve Shalom
Oct. 14*, Nov. 4^, Dec. 9*, Jan. 13^, Feb. 10*, Mar. 3^
Dates: Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
In our introductory survey to the conflict, using documents, speeches, and archived sources, we’ll examine the history of the Arab Israeli, starting at its roots before the establishment of the State of Israel and concluding in current times. No background in the topic is necessary, and all questions are welcome.
Global Day of Jewish Learning
Using issues brought to the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Conservative Committee on Law and Standards, we will discuss how these two major denominations make decisions. Issues including acceptance of gay clergy, use of musical instruments on Shabbat, end of life questions and other pressing issues will be discussed.
Dive into twelve of Rabbi Panken’s favorite Talmudic texts— texts that deal with key issues confronting Reform Judaism today, including topics such as pluralism, disagreement, revelation, and balances of power.
Confirmation program credits: 4 in Interdisciplinary
Wednesdays,12:30- 1:30 PM
How Jews Choose
with Rabbi Victor Appell & Hazzan Sheldon Levin
Joshua & Beyond: the Bible After Torah with Rabbi David Vaisberg
Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6
**at Brewed Awakening in Metuchen**
Free & open to the public
History, Politics, & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict with Rabbi David Vaisberg
We study with great depth the verses of the five books of Moses. But what happens after? Let’s find out. Every class will be a close textual reading from the books of Prophets and Writings – this year we are studying II Samuel. Bring your Tanakhs and thirst for learning!
Bring your lunch if you’d like.
Fall:Twelve Tremendous Texts
Spring: History, Politics, & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Twelve Tremendous Texts
with Rabbi David Vaisberg
Course taught in memory of Rabbi Dr. Aaron D. Panken, z”l
**Recordings of classes will be available via our podcast,
Torah with TEEE**
Free & open to the public
Lunch N' Learn with Rabbi David Vaisberg
This community-wide day of study is part of the worldwide program created by Adin Steinsaltz. Rabbi David Vaisberg, Rabbi Eric Rosin, Rabbi Victor Appell and Hazzan Sheldon Levin and other area clergy will be teaching on this year’s theme of Extraordinary Passages: Texts and Travels.
Sunday, November 11, 9:45am-1:00pm at Neve Shalom
Confirmation program credits: 4 in Torah
Tuesday mornings, 9-10 AM, year round, beginning Oct 9
Confirmation program credits: 2 in Hebrew
Monday nights- 7:00pm, **at Neve Shalom
October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
Confirmation program credits: 1 interdisciplinary credit
Monthly on Monday evening, 7:30-8:30pm
Self led by club members, in the Temple Emanu-El Library
Temple Emanu-El Adult Confirmation Program
If you love a good book, this is the club for you. Each month the club reads and then discusses a book with a Jewish topic. These award-winning books include both fiction and non-fiction titles.
Book Selections for 2018-2019 are:
Oct. 15 - Last Train to Istanbul - Ayse Kulin
Nov. 19 - The One Man - Andrew Gross
Feb. 18 - The Weight of Ink - Rachel Kadish
March 18 - The Two Family House - Linda Cohen
April 15 - The Sisters Weiss - Naomi Ragen
May 13 - Nothing is Forgotten - Peter Goldens
June 17 - Sadness is a White Bird - Moriel Rothman- Zecher
We’ll address everything you wanted to know and more about Judaism— it’s history, culture, rituals, and beliefs. For Jews and non-Jews.
Improving Hebrew Reading with Bruce Greenberg
Introduction to Judaism
with Rabbis David Vaisberg and Eric Rosin
Geared for those who know the Hebrew letters and vowels and would like to read Hebrew more quickly so they can join with the congregation in reciting prayers at services.
Wednesdays 8 pm Online via ZOOM
Fall Semester: Oct. 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
Spring Semester: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, May 15, 22, 29, June 5
We are now in the seventh year of our successful Adult Confirmation program. Confirmation at Temple Emanu-El is a long-term program of leaning in many Jewish areas of study. Students complete the program at their own pace. Upon completion of the requirements, graduates are publicly recognized as Jewishly learned leaders in the Temple Emanu-El community.
Here is how it works. The program requires the completion of 20 credits of Jewish learning over a period of up to five years. Credits are earned by taking classes at the Temple or at other Jewish institutions. At least 10 credits must be earned through Emanu-El classes in order to graduate.
Credits must be earned in a variety of areas of learning, and courses in some of these areas will be offered each semester.
Total required credits: 20
Hebrew – 6 credits
History – 2 credits
Torah – 4 credits (attending weekly Torah study can be applied to this)
Ritual – 4 credits
Worship – 2 credits
Interdisciplinary – 2 credits
Additionally, there will be a monthly meeting with Rabbi Vaisberg for those enrolled in the confirmation program. Twenty credits may sound like a lot, but they can add up quickly. Many students complete the program in 2.5 years.
Please note that courses from other institutions and courses taken at Emanu-El prior to enrolling in the Confirmation Program may also count for credit! To find out if these are eligible, please speak with Rabbi Vaisberg.
The Adult Confirmation program is open to Temple Emanu-El members.