Jewish Minds

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanuel offers opportunities to our community to engage in a journey of continued learning and growth.

Our clergy, guest speakers, and classes are dedicated to helping you strengthen and explore your relationship to Judaism.

Tuesday Night Soul Seekers
Seeking knowledge in Prayer, craving camaraderie, community, and learning as we navigate our world today. 
Join Cantor Weiss and a wonderful group of dedicated congregants as we take time each Tuesday night to dig deeper into the events of today. We aim to continue to build this prayerful community. Knowledge is power. And so we will dig deep into the meaning of prayer in Jewish life. We will also always leave space to explore today’s most joyful and tragic happenings. Sign up here

For questions, please email


An 18-week exploration for individuals and couples interested in deepening their understanding of what Jewish. Spiritual. Expression. means to them. Designed for those interested in conversion, as well as those who simply want to learn more about Jewish holidays, life cycle ceremonies, values, history, liturgy, and texts. Whether you are new to Judaism, interested in converting, a partner of a Jew (with no plans to convert) or a practicing Jew who wants to learn more, all are welcome to come and learn.

This class will be held every Wednesday in-person and via Zoom. 


Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October 18, 2023 to MARCH 6, 2024

(no class held on: NOVEMBER 22 , December 20 , DECEMBER 27 )


$280 per 18-week course (NO CHARGE FOR AN ADDITIONAL PARTNER).



Contact for more information. This class is offered in conjunction with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).



Contact for more information. This class is offered in conjunction with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).


The next session of this two-year Adult B’nai Mitzvah program, perfect for people interested in learning Hebrew and connecting more deeply to prayer and the Torah, will begin in October 2024.

Stay tuned for details on other class offerings for 2023. 

For more information, contact Cantor Lizzie Weiss at 310.409.4642 or

To pay for a class, please click here


Every year, we create and host classes and workshops that encompass our yearly Jewish-rooted theme. We are strong proponents of diversity in thought, and our themes embody the very essence of our community. From our Temple Emanuel Presents series to our clergy-led classes, these opportunities provide space for speculation, reflection, and awareness. Learn, engage, and share your thoughts. Break out of your comfort zone with these intellectually stimulating classes!

For more information on how to get started, email


With gratitude to the Behrendt Family Foundation.


Yoga &

YogA/Stretch & Strength

The practice of yoga was primarily created to create a more breathable and flexible body so that we can sit longer and with more ease in meditation. With that in mind, this pre-shabbat practice will be for just that! Come and breathe your body into ease so that you can contemplate and celebrate the day of rest. There will be no jumping around  or fancy poses during this 40 minute experience, chairs and props will be offered to help us enjoy and practice in community. No prior experience required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or visit RSVP for time and location.

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Gentle Practice
Fridays: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. 
Shabbat Stretch & Strengthen with Michelle 5:30-6:10

Click BELOW to register.





During the month of Elul, Jewish tradition provides several preparatory words, symbols, and actions leading up to the High Holy Days (the month of Tishrei). This month is considered a time when God is more accessible to the Jewish people, and a time for personal reflection and preparation for the new year.

Our Elul classes are preparation sessions intended to deepen our experience, and provide new ways of approaching the upcoming High Holy Days. We begin to wake up and do the work of Heshbon HaNefesh, accounting of the soul, leading us to be prepared for our repentance during the Days of Awe (the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). Join the clergy as each tackles a significant topic we can reflect upon during this important time of year.

Revitalize your body and soul for an enlightening year of celebration, love and milestones. For information about upcoming classes, please contact


A connection to Judaism is intertwined with a connection to modern day Hebrew. At Temple Emanuel, we offer a number of Hebrew language classes for you to enjoy. Take a look at the classes we offer!

Modern Hebrew Beginner Level 1

This class is designed for people with no previous knowledge of Hebrew. Student will read modern Hebrew text, write in cursive, and engage in conversation in Hebrew while developing listening and speaking skills. Emphasis is on communicative skills as well as reading and listening comprehension.

to register

Register online at or registration over the phone can be done by calling 310.440.1572

If you have any questions, please contact the Hebrew Director at or call 310.476.9777 ext 1436.



A connection to Judaism is intertwined with a connection to modern-day Hebrew. At Temple Emanuel, we offer a number of Hebrew language classes for you to enjoy. Take a look at the classes we offer!

Through the Eyes of Rashi

Engage in an ongoing discussion of the Torah text as seen through the eyes of scholars across generations, from Talmudic to modern times. Guided by respected teacher Dr. Chaim Plotzker, learn how the ancient texts and interpretations are relevant to our modern lives. All questions are welcome, and no previous experience is required. The fall session runs from September to December. Contact to register.

Clergy-Led Classes

Living Judaism just got a whole lot more fulfilling! Our classes bring Jewish wisdom through out the year in the temple or right into your living room.

Interested in having one of our clergy teach a class in your home?

Be in touch with the clergy of your choice to learn more about how to make it happen. Contact Rabbi Jonathan Aaron or Cantor Lizzie Weiss for more information about our next Parlor Class!