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Please note: all classes will take place on Zoom.
Students may connect through landline, smart phone, tablet, or computer.


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  • Current Class - A New Bridge Between Science and Religious Faith
  • Delve Deeper: The Lost Books of the Bible
  • Re/Introduction to Judaism
  • Mishnah Beit Midrash
  • Decoding the Aleph Bet
  • iEngage: Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
  • And more!

Current Class: The Lost Books of the Bible

with Michael Satlow, Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies at Brown University
Tuesdays, October 6-December 15, 7:30-9:00pm


Upcoming Classes


All courses are offered via Zoom and are accessible via landline, smartphone, tablet, or computer. Links and phone numbers will be given to those who register

Suggested donation for each course: $36 / $25 for students and seniors

To register for any of the following courses, click here 

How to Study the Mishnah (and Why It's Important)
Wednesday, October 21, 7:30-9:00pm
Instructors: Xava DeCordova and Rabbi Rachel Zerin
Everything you need to know to explore and understand the Mishnah! This evening will be a great introduction to the Mishnah and its study for those who are curious,  and an excellent way to kick off our Mishnah Beit Midrash for those who are taking it! 

Mishnah Beit Midrash: Massekhet Pesahim
Wednesdays, October 28-December 16, 7:30-9:00pm
(note: no class Nov. 4 or 25)

Instructors: Xava DeCordova and Rabbi Rachel Zerin

- Have you ever wanted to study traditional Jewish texts in the original Hebrew, but weren't sure how?
- Do you want to experience traditional Beit Midrash-style learning with a hevruta (study partner)?
- Are you interested in taking your Daf Yomi studies to the next level?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this class is for you! This course, offered in partnership between Temple Emanu-El and Shel Maala, an internet-based grassroots beit midrash, will guide you through learning selections of Mishnah Pesahim (the tractate that will be studied in the Daf Yomi cycle in November & December). This class is for anyone who can read Hebrew - all you need to know is your aleph bet!

Decoding the Aleph Bet
Mondays, November 2-23, 7:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Xava DeCordova
Do you want to learn to read and write in Hebrew? Together we can take the first step in being able to chant Torah, study Talmud and understand the siddur. If you're a beginner or are looking to re-learn the aleph-bet, this is the class for you! The class attempts to be anti-oppressive in every way possible and is a collaboration between Shalem and Temple Emanu-El. Students must attend all four sessions of the class, as all of our learning will be cumulative, and should plan to do about 20 minutes of self-study 4-5 days each week between classes.
Note: Space is limited!

iEngage: Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
Tuesdays, November 10-December 15, 7:30-9:00pm

Wednesdays, November 11-December 16, 12:00-1:30pm
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Fel

This course from the Shalom Hartman Institute addresses the compled features of Jewish peoplehood and the contemporary challenges to the Jewish people in an era in which we have moved from having no home to having two different, vibrant homes in Israel and in North America. Through video lectures, interviews, and textual sources, we will examine the forces dividing the Jewish people today, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual loyalty, and identity politics; and imagine new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people for a new millenium.

Delve Deeper

Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study is an exciting adult education initiative that brings dynamic teachers who are experts in their fields to teach in-depth, university-level courses to adult learners in Rhode Island. We strive to bring together a diverse group of learners for semester-long courses that will be interesting and accessible to beginner and advanced students alike. Through background readings, engaging lectures, and invigorating class discussions, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the course topic, strengthen and deepen their Jewish identity, and cultivate relationships with their community of fellow students.

Delve Deeper is a project of Temple Emanu-El's Koffler Bornstein Families Institute of Jewish Studies, in partnership with other area synagogues.

Re/Introduction to Judaism

A course for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism

Click here to register

Mon, November 30 2020 14 Kislev 5781