Beit Midrash – Lifelong Learning

There are multiple opportunities for lifelong learning at Temple Emanu-El! Temple Emanu-El provides adult education opportunities for those interested in expanding their understanding of Reform Judaism and in expanding relationships with other congregants.

Sunday Learning


Jewish History
Facilitator: Rabbi Wright
Sundays at 10:00 AM:
January 7, 21
February 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10
April 7, 21, 28
Location: Hess Chapel

Led by Rabbi Adam Wright, this class introduces learners to the major events, personalities, and trends in Jewish history, from the ancient Near East to the present. Spanning three millennia and five continents, the class explores and investigates the origins of the Jewish people, its experience as an autonomous community and as a displaced minority in the Diaspora religious system and its foundational texts, as well as its encounters with different cultures and ideas.



Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class
Facilitator: Cantor Wittner, Rabbi Wright, & Elizabeth Bloch
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM:
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20
April 3, 10, 17
May 1
Location: Jasper Room

Registration for this class is currently closed. Please contact if you are interested in attending a future class.

Torah Study

Blessing before the Study of Torah:

Transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai eloheynu melech ha-olam a-sher kid-shanu b’mitz-votav vitzi-vanu la-asok b-divray torah

English: Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, who sanctifies us with Your Mitzvot and commands us to engage in the study of Torah.

Torah Study meets Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM with Rabbi Wright &/or Cantor Wittner and Wednesdays at 12:00 PM with Monika Singletary. This is a very special learning experience, led by clergy, staff, and congregants, with the opportunity for input and thought-provoking discussion.

Join us via Zoom at one of the following links:

  1. Saturday morning: (email for the password)
  2. Wednesday afternoon: (email for the password)