Free Taste of Judaism celebrates 18th year

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
Rabbi Batsheva Appel

This year marks the 18th anniversary — the chai year — of Temple Emanu-El’s outreach and education program, Taste of Judaism. The free course offers an introduction to Jewish spirituality, values and community in three two-hour sessions. Rabbis Samuel M. Cohon and Batsheva Appel lead interactive explorations of Jewish history, practice, rituals and culture, open to all regardless of religious background or affiliation. The classes also include homemade tastes of traditional Jewish foods. Daytime and evening sessions are available this year in Central and Northwest Tucson and Green Valley.

Nearly 6,000 participants have experienced the Taste of Judaism over the past 17 years. “Taste of Judaism not only informs, but also makes Judaism more vibrant, meaningful, accessible, and fun,” says Cohon.

Sessions this year include Sundays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27, 2-4 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center; Mondays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, 6-8 p.m. at Nanini Library; Tuesdays, Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5, noon-2 p.m. in Green Valley; and Thursdays, Aug. 24, 31, and Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

Advance registration is required; call 327-4501 or email temple@tetucson.org.