Adult Learning

Compelling classes, thoughtful speakers and more - explore the best of Reform Judaism scholarship

From classes in the liturgy to those focused on applying Jewish values, adult learning opportunities at Temple Emanu-El create an inclusive list of opportunities that bring this segment of the congregation together. You can follow your interests, even if it’s just to join our temple book club, and experience community in a wholly unique way.

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM

Introduction to Judaism is a 16-week course open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Judaism. The course targets those who want to expand their current Jewish knowledge, build upon past experiences they’ve had as a Jew, or are entirely new to Judaism and considering conversion.

Completion of Introduction to Judaism is required as the first step for those considering conversion. Spouses or partners of those taking Introduction to Judaism who are interested in conversion are encouraged to take the class with their partners to gain a basic understanding of what it means to have a Jewish home or live as a Jewish family.

For more information on the Introduction to Judaism, click here.

LEARNING WITH OUR CLERGY

We love to learn with our clergy. There are several opportunities throughout the year, from ongoing classes like Talmud with Rabbi David Stern, to Chever Torah on Saturday mornings, Temple’s longest-running adult learning class.

ENDOWED LECTURES PROVIDE IN-DEPTH OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN WITH IMPORTANT SCHOLARS OF OUR TIME*

  • Katherine F. Baum Lecture
  • Candice and Robert Haas Visiting Scholar
  • Rabbi David Lefkowitz Memorial Lecture
  • Dolores and Walter Neustadt Lecture Series
  • Henry D. Schlinger Ethics Syposium

*Watch Temple communications for opportunities as these events are scheduled throughout the year.

BOOK CLUBS

If you are interested in joining a Temple book club or starting one, contact Anjelica Ruiz, Director of Libraries and Archives, at aruiz@tedallas.org.

IN THE KNOW PARENT EDUCATION

Join parents from both schools, the Early Childhood Education Center and Youth Learning + Engagement, for important parenting information for you and your family.

For more information about parent education, contact:

CZECH TORAH SCROLL

Temple has one of the Czech Torah scrolls, from Klatovy in southwestern Czech Republic. It was among the more than 1,800 scrolls that were sent to the Central Jewish Museum in Prague, along with over 100,000 items of Judaica, following a letter sent by the Jewish curators with the agreement of the Nazis. For more information on the Memorial Scrolls Trust, click here.

For more information about these or other adult learning programs, please contact:

Alexandra Horn
ahorn@tedallas.org

CINEMA EMANU-EL

Cinema Emanu-El is Temple’s long-running film series of films that add to our enjoyment of Jewish life and understanding of Jewish culture. The event is usually held in the summer and sometimes for return engagements at other times of the year.

Contact: Alexandra Horn, Director of Community Engagement, at ahorn@tedallas.org