At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners — in the endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation. Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.

To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, Director of YFE Operations and Engagement, at (415) 750-7552 or [email protected].

Scroll down to view our current Adult Education offerings:

 

Introduction to Judaism
When: Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: In person classes will be at Star of the Sea School (360 – 9th Avenue, between Clement and Geary); some classes will be on zoom. 
Cost per trimester: Emanu-El Member $72; Non-Member: $118

Winter 2024: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

Spring 2024: April 2, 9, 16; May 3*, 7, 14, 21, 28
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a Jewish partner, and those who are considering conversion to Judaism. Participants register for each trimester separately.
*Shabbat Service and Dinner experience (location TBD)

REGISTER HERE FOR SPRING TRIMESTER

Click here to view the 2023-2024 syllabus.


Discover the Talmud 

Taught by Rabbi Noah Westreich

Discover the Talmud with Rabbi Noah Westreich

Monthly sessions: Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Star of the Sea (350 9th Avenue)

 March 19, April 16

The Talmud is the record of narrative and legal change in Jewish tradition and is a whole lot of fun to study–if you know how. This discovery class provides an encounter with the text that will shift your perspective and reveal mysteries about the Talmud. Classes will consist of an introductory lecture, word-by-word translation of a Talmudic passage in its original language, a small group discussion, and a large group discussion. 

Each class stands alone–you can register for one or more sessions. No prior experience with Hebrew or Talmud is necessary, though the ability to sound out the alef-bet is suggested.


Fireside Chat with author and professor, Jonathan Branfman on his new book: Millennial Jewish Stars: Navigating Racial Antisemitism, Masculinity, & White Supremacy (NYU Press, 2024).

Thursday, May 16 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Star of the Sea (350 9th Avenue)

A conversation with Rabbi Noah Westreich

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Jewish stars have longed faced pressure to downplay Jewish identity for fear of alienating wider audiences. But un

expectedly, since the 2000s, many millennial Jewish stars have won stellar success while spotlighting (rather than muting) Jewish identity. In Millennial Jewish Stars, Jonathan Branfman asks: what makes these explicitly Jewish stars so unexpectedly appealing? And what can their surprising success tell us about race, gender, and antisemitism in America? To answer these questions, Branfman offers case studies on six top millennial Jewish stars: the biracial rap superstar Drake, comedic rapper Lil Dicky, TV comedy duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, “man-baby” film star Seth Rogen, and chiseled film star Zac Efron.

 

 

Tauber Marin Gatherings – Monthly Learning Sessions with Rabbi Jonathan Singer

We are bringing our learning session to Marin. Join us for a monthly exploration of contemporary issues grounded in Torah text. Grab a beverage or a snack and dive in. 

Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book Passage – 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera.

Registration required, everyone welcome. 

Later dates TBD

This Program is made possible by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, reflecting the dynamic, generous, and enduring spirit of Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber.


Shabbat Morning Torah Chevra with Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

“Zoom Ger” (Yehuda Aryeh Leib of Ger; Green’s The Language of Truth) will begin on Shabbat morning, Sept. 9, 2023 and conclude on June 8, 2024.

Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00am

No class on the following dates: Dec 23, 30; Jan 27; Feb 3 and April 21 & 28 for Passover break

Classes will continue thru June 2024

To register, please contact [email protected] to have your name & email address added to the Zoom invitation list.


Weekly Torah Study with Emanu-El Clergy
When: Every Saturday, 9:15 – 10:00 am
Where: Via Zoom

Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer.

To find this Saturday’s Torah Study, click here.


Adult Education Committee Mission Statement:

The Adult Education Committee is dedicated to foster Jewish knowledge on the highest educational level. The goal is to deepen the engagement with Jewish texts, Jewish spirituality, Jewish history and tradition, Jewish culture, and Jewish philosophy as we consider how Judaism brings meaning to our world. While choosing speakers, programs and events, the committee will always strive for excellence, inspiration, and diversity.

We commit ourselves to cooperate with other committees of our synagogue like the Tzedek Cooperative or the Israel Action Committee and/or work with other organizations to help to build programs that contain Jewish themes in a broader sense. The goal is to enhance the joy and responsibility that come with the exploration, experience and learning of Jewishness and Judaism in every possible way. Thus, we accept and embrace Emanu-El’s role as one of the leading Jewish learning institutions in the Bay Area.