Jewish Minds

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanuel offers opportunites 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.


Whether you’re considering conversion or simply want to expand your knowledge about Jewish thought and practice, you’ve come to the right place. A URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) run program, our Intro to Judaism class seeks to empower individuals and couples to explore and broaden their Jewish horizons. This program is an 18-week exploration for individuals and couples who are interested in deepening their understanding of what “Living Judaism” might mean for them.

Come learn more about Jewish holidays, life cycle ceremonies, values, history, liturgy, and texts at our Intro to Judaism class. We welcome all adults from diverse faith backgrounds and communities who want to become acquainted to Judaism through these adult-level introductory classes.

For more information on how to get started, contact Rabbi Sarah Bassin at 310.409.4656 or


Our two-year Adult B’nai Mitzvah program begins with a two to three month “Hebrew Crash Course”. Members who want to broaden their Judaic knowledge and experience, and participate in a group study course are invited to continue. Your hard work will culminate with you being called to the Torah and leading Shabbat Services for the entire congregation.

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

The Behrendt Conversation Series are discussions about politics, diplomacy, Israel, and everything in between – they shed light on some of the main fundamental issues the world is facing today. Contact to learn more about our upcoming conversation.

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

Yoga &

Connect breath with movement as you progress through a series of yoga poses in a medium-paced flowing formation. Explore your own edge, strengthen your body, expand your heart and free your mind. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel and a mat, and not eat directly before class. Check out our temple event calendar for time and dates.



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.


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!

Rashi Class

Classes run for 12 weeks throughout the year. For more information on exact dates of an upcoming class, please contact our Religious School & Membership Coordinator, Karen Porper, at

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!