Taste of Judaism class to feature sign language interpretation

Temple Emanu-El will offer its 16th year of A Taste of Judaism, a free, interactive exploration of Jewish spirituality, values, and community in three two-hour sessions. The classes are led by Rabbis Samuel M. Cohon and Batsheva Appel. Over the past 15 years in Tucson, the free sereis has attracted more than 5,500 people. “The key to Taste’s success is that we are able to make Judaism interesting and enjoyable for everyone, while preserving the integrity of our great tradition,” says Cohon.

This year, Temple Emanu-El has added American Sign Language interpretation to one Taste series. “We’re really excited to bring Taste to yet another community in Tucson,” says Appel. ASL interpretation will be available at the classes to be held Sundays, Aug. 16, 23 and 30, from 2-4 p.m. at Tucson Hebrew Academy, which includes a separate children’s program at the same time as the Taste classes.

Other classes include Mondays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, 6-8 p.m. at Nanini Library; Thursdays, Aug. 20, 27 and Sept. 3, 6-8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El; Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9 and 16, 6-8 p.m. at Bear Canyon Library; Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Sahuarita LDS Church; and Sundays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

The series includes “tastes” of traditional Jewish foods prepared by Temple’s Women of Reform Judaism.

Pre-registration is required; contact Mila Vasser at 327-4501, ext. 27 or mila@templeemanueltucson.org.