Adult Education

Temple Emanu-El offers a large variety of courses for adults. Click HERE for our 2017-2018 Lifelong Learning Course Schedule. 

We are proud to have developed a unique and exciting Adult Confirmation program. Why, do you ask, is it called a program? Because it is a system of long-term learning in many Jewish areas of study, and our graduates, when they finish (at their own pace), will be publicly recognized as Jewishly-learned leaders in the Temple Emanu-El community.

Here's how it works. The program requires that you complete 20 credits of Jewish learning over a period of up to 5 years. Credits are earned by taking classes at the Temple or at other Jewish institutions. At least 10 credits must be earned through Emanu-El courses in order to graduate.

Credits must be earned in a variety of areas of learning, and courses in some of these areas will be offered each semester.
The credit requirements are as follows:

Total required credits — 20
Hebrew — 6 credits
History — 2 credits
Torah — 4 credits (attending weekly Torah study counts)
Ritual — 4 credits
Worship — 2 credits
Interdisciplinary — 2 credits

Additionally, there are monthly meetings with the Rabbi for those officially enrolled in the confirmation program. Twenty credits may sound like a lot, but they can add up quickly. Attendance of a Hebrew and Adult Education class every Tuesday night ensures the completion of this program within 2.5 years.

Please note: courses from other institutions and courses taken at the Temple within the past 2 years may also count for credit! To earn credits for these classes, meet with the Rabbi to discuss what was learned and the frequency of attendance.

If you are not yet ready to make a confirmation program commitment, don't worry! Come study with us on a course-by-course basis. When you decide that you want to officially become a confirmation program participant, we will retroactively count your credits!

Please register through the Temple office for all courses. The Adult Confirmation Program requires that participants be members in good standing of Temple Emanu-El, though classes are open to non-members.