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.



An 18-week exploration for individuals and couples interested in deepening their understanding of what Living Judaism 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.

Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October 30, 2019 to March 18, 2020

(no class held on: November 20, December 25, January 1.)

Led by Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Temple Emanuel Clergy

$280 per 18-week course (single/couple).


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


The current session of this two-year program is already in full swing. If you are interested in learning Hebrew and connecting more deeply to prayer and the Torah, keep an eye out for enrollment in our Adult B’nai Mitzvah program in 2019.

For more information, contact Cantor Lizzie Weiss at 310.409.4642 or


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 Behrendt Conversation 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, contact Rabbi Sarah Bassin at 310.409.4656 or

The Behrendt Conversation Series

Temple Emanuel has become known as a place to have difficult conversations in a respectful manner. By partnering with community organizations including the Jewish Center for Justice and Writers Bloc, we bring you an incredible array of thought-provoking discussions. From anti-Semitism to abortion, we challenge you to re-examine your assumptions about polarizing issues, in an effort to open your minds and spark meaningful dialogue.

For information on our next upcoming class or lecture series, please contact

Why Anti-Semitism Matters to More than Just Jews

Wednesday, October 9, 2:45 pm – 8844 Burton way

Anti-Semitism is on the rise as a global phenomenon, and while Jews are worried, we must recognize we are not alone in our plight or alarm. We must have the conversation about hate beyond our echo chamber to understand its implications for Jews and non-Jews alike.

Two non-Jewish experts will contextualize why anti-Semitism matters to society at large. Eric Ward of the Western States Center and Mehnaz Afridi, author of The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes, will help us discern how anti-Semitism manifests across the political spectrum.

What are the root issues that merit our attention, and how can the Jewish community be more strategic and effective in combating the rise of anti-Semitism in a world of growing extremism?

Changing Policies and Challenging Injustice:

A Conversation with Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly

tuesday, november 19, 7:30 pm – 300 n clark drive

Temple Emanuel continues our commitment to the issue of gun violence prevention since the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

This conversation with Captain Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founders of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, will explore the strategic facets of legislating safer societies — from restricting silencers and high capacity magazines to safe storage and gun industry immunity. We will explore how communities should determine their focus in advocacy for this fight to save lives.

New Laws on Abortion Access: How Should Jews Respond?

thursday, february 20, 7:00 pm – 300 n clark drive

With the recent wave of new legislation either codifying or challenging Roe vs. Wade (U.S. Supreme Court ruling, 1973), the public debate on abortion access and women’s reproductive health care has become increasingly polarized.

Leading Reform Jewish thought leader Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. and Daphne Lazar Price of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance will go beyond traditional political divides to explore the ethical and practical implications of currently debated policies.

How does our Judaism – from Orthodox and Reform perspectives — re-frame a controversial conversation?


Yoga &


Connect breath with movement as you progress through a series of yoga poses in an hour-long, mixed-level flow class. Explore your own edge, strengthen your body, expand your heart, and quiet your mind. Come for the exercise; return for the community. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or a mat. No prior experience required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or visit RSVP for time and location.



Mindfulness Meditation with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

We have very busy lives here in Los Angeles. Always on the go, always checking our devices to see what’s next. At the same time many of us are stuck in ou rpast actions, questining what we’ve done, what we said, and we punish ourselves with our thoughts.

This is an invitation to take time to work on being – instead of doing, recharging -instead of charging ahead.

Mindfulness helps us to live in the present by concentrating on the life sustaing breath that is with us moment by moment. It allows us to see our truth with loving-kindness, so that we can live in a the world with more compassion towards others and ourselves.

Take this opportunity and join us in this drop-in 1-hour meditation session with the senior rabbi.

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and Thursdays at 8:00 pm starting October 22
Corwin Family Sanctuary


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.

Modern Hebrew Intermediate Level

This class is ideal for students who want to build on their basic skills and begin to develop fluency in language. Emphasis is on communicative skills, independent reading, and language analysis.

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. $120 for 12 sessions. 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, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, or Cantor Lizzie Weiss for more information about our next Parlor Class!