The Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning

Lifelong learning at Emanu-El is led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Ariana Estoque and the congregant group, Salon Judaica. To learn more about the Salon Judaica or adult education opportunities, contact Ariana Estoque at or (415) 751-2541 x 307.

Adult Jewish Studies Electives
Indulge your appetite for a taste of Jewish culture, history and the arts with one of our bite-sized electives. These classes are taught by our clergy or guest lecturers and meet approximately six times over the course of a trimester.

Other Golden Ages: Jewish Cities Before the Modern Era

Jews and Space: Jewish Architecture and Archetypes

Adult Modern Hebrew 

Introduction to Judaism


Tauber In-Depth Learning Opportunities
Ready to take your love of Jewish learning to the next level? Learn more about our more in-depth classes and find new ways to further your connection to Judaism. 

Tauber Yesod Program

´┐╝The Lonely Man of Faith: Exploring the Writing of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik - Downtown Tauber Course

Tauber Beit Midrash (NEW)


Emanu-El Scholar Classes
Congregation Emanu-El is fortunate to have esteemed scholar in residence, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, actively engage our congregants and community in innovative and meaningful learning experiences.

Midrash: Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer (Fall 2015 - Thursday evenings)


Learn about the two different weekly Torah study opportunities at the temple.

Midrash: The Spaces Between The Worlds of Torah

Torah Study 


Congregation Emanu-El's robust lecture series brings internationally renowned thought leaders to the temple throughout the year.

Marcia Falk - September 5

Daniel C. Matt - November 20 - 22

Dr. Laurie Pearce - December 13

Dennis Ross - January 21, 2016

Shmuly Yanklowitz - February 23, 2016

Richard Elliott Friedman - April 8 - 10, 2016

Review descriptions of speakers


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