Tucson community expands Global Day of Jewish Learning: Weeklong celebration planned

In partnership with Tucson’s synagogues and Jewish agencies, the Coalition for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will host a Global Week of Jewish Learning, Nov. 4-11, in conjunction with the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the first worldwide, trans-denominational event devoted to Jewish learning.

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Jews around the world will come together in their communities, homes, and online to collectively explore a single set of texts. The Tucson Jewish community has taken the concept one step further with a Global Week of Jewish Learning offering more than 30 events for all ages including Torah study, discussion groups, Shabbat services and parenting seminars.

The Global Day of Jewish Learning celebrates the culmination of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s 45-year quest to translate the Talmud and unlock its wisdom for modern Jews, says CJE Director Sharon Glassberg. The date coincides with Steinsaltz’s completion of the 45th and final volume of his translation and commentary, a task he began in 1965, at age 27. A satellite broadcast of the completion ceremony (siyyum) from Jerusalem will be part of a CJE program on Nov. 7, 11:00-12:30 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Other events include a Northwest Jewish Connections/Temple Emanu-El “Lunch ’n Learn” on miracles with Rabbi Jason Holtz on Friday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m. at the Nanini Library; a Congregation Or Chadash Shabbat sermon on “Levels of Love” at Handmaker on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.; and “Talmud, Torah and Learning: An Interactive Shabbat” at Congregation Kol Simchah on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at The Masonic Lodge, 1944 E. Allen Road.

Congregation Chaverim will present a salon, “The Human and the Environment,” on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. and Congregation Anshei Israel will offer “A Prelude to Kristallnacht” on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and the Jewish Community Library will cosponsor “Life in Biblical Israel with Beth Alpert Nakhai, Ph.D.,” at the JCC on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Congregation Mkor Hayim will offer “Angels & Demons: The Jewish View” on Nov. 8 at noon and Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. And the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation will offer a day of learning on Nov. 10 starting with an “Our Bodies Brunch” with Laura Wilson Etter at 10 a.m.

A complete schedule is available at www.jewish tucson.org. For more information, contact Glassberg at 577-9393 or sglassberg@jfsa.org. Check out the Global Day of Learning video on YouTube — click here.