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.

Rabbinic Intern Michael Walden will lead a series of classes related to our theme for the year, L’dor Vador, For Generations and Generations

Jewish Intergenerational Interactions

Rabbinic Intern Walden will take a look at Jewish intergenerational interactions in modern America and in historical texts. Each class will focus on the following different interactions.

Biblical Intergenerational interactions
Talmudic Intergenerational Interactions
Codes of law  
History of L’dor Vador.

We will examine how these interactions relate to our modern lives.


For questions, please email



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.

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

Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October 19, 2022 to MARCH 8, 2023

(no class held on: NOVEMBER 23, December 21, DECEMBER 28)

Led by 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 has just begun. If you are interested in learning Hebrew and connecting more deeply to prayer and the Torah, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah course is just for you. 

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 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 &


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.

Tuesdays: 8:15 am or 9:30 am in person

Fridays: 8:15 am or 9:30 am in person



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 our past actions, questioning 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 sustaining 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 30 minute meditation session with our senior rabbi.

TUESDAY THRU Thursday at 5:30 pm ON FACEBOOK


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. 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!