Temple Emanu-El’s Taste of Judaism outreach and education program celebrates its 15 anniversary this year. The free introductory course offers samplings of Jewish spirituality, values and community in three sessions, taught by Rabbis Samuel M. Cohon and Batsheva Appel.
The interactive course is for all, regardless of religious background or affiliation, who want to deepen their understanding of Jewish history, practice, rituals and culture. With more than 5,000 participants over the past 14 years, Taste of Judaism aims “not only to inform, but to make Judaism more meaningful and accessible,” says Cohon.
The classes include homemade “tastes” of traditional Jewish foods prepared by Temple Emanu-El’s Women of Reform Judaism. Classes will be offered at several locations in Tucson and one in Green Valley. This year Temple will again partner with Tucson Hebrew Academy to offer the Taste of Judaism Family Class, with a separate program for children at the same time as the adult class.
Class times are as follows:
Sundays, Aug. 10, 17, 24; 2-4 p.m.; family class, Tucson Hebrew Academy
Wednesdays, Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10; 6-8 p.m.; East: Bear Canyon Library
Thursdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11; 6-8 p.m.; Temple Emanu-El
Fridays, Sept. 5, 12, 19; 12-2 p.m.; Green Valley
Sundays, Sept. 7, 14, 21; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Temple (childcare available)
Mondays, Sept. 8, 15, 22; 6-8 p.m.; Northwest: Nanini Library
Sundays,Oct. 12, 19, 26; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Temple Emanu-El
Preregistration is required; call Mila Vasser at 327-4501, ext. 27.