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The Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning

Tauber 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.
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Kabbalah: Jewish Mystical Imagination*

Introduction to Hebrew

They Tried To Kill Us, They Failed, Let's Laugh: Jewish Humor From Torah to Transparent

*These noon time, hour long courses are offered at our downtown campus for our congregants’ convenience. Bring your lunch and join us at the Mechanic's Insitute at 57 Post Street!

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 deepen your connection to Judaism. 

Tauber Yesod Program

Anshei Mitzvah

Introduction to Judaism

 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.


A Mystical Torah: Readings from Classical Kabbalistic & Hasidic Sources on the Weekly Portion

Kabbalah: Jewish Mystical Imagination*


Learn about the two different weekly Torah study opportunities at the Temple

A Mystical Torah

Torah Study 


Buber on Hasidism on Being a Human Being

With Rabbi Kushner
Mondays, 4:30 – 5:45 pm
Oct 27; Nov 17; Dec 22; Jan 26; Feb 23; Mar 23; Apr 20; May 18

Explore and analyze readings from Buber’s classic, very short text on Hasidic teachings on menschlichkeit and living a spiritual existence. This may be the single most important book on Jewish spirituality ever published in English.

Emanu-El Member Cost: FREE, Cost: $20


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