Classes and Offerings

Here at Emek Shalom, we have historically prided ourselves on having a strong and vibrant culture of Adult Education that far exceeds our size as a relatively small congregation.  Our goal is to create, nourish, and sustain a community of lifelong learners, and at TES you will find a plethora of classes taught by rabbis, community experts and guests, who aim to bring depth and breadth to the subjects they explore. Our classes and programs provide paths of connection that meet learners wherever they are in their journey.


Ongoing Groups

Lithia Walk with Rabbi Julie

Please join Rabbi Julie for a midday walk in Lithia Park. This will be a time to walk and take in the beauty of the foliage and just BE together.

Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park at top of the Ashland Plaza.  See the calendar for the current scheduled walks.

In the event of rain, we will still meet at the entrance to the park and will then decide together if we want to go forth and walk in the rain or instead go to a restaurant or cafe together.

Tea and Conversation with Rabbi Julie

Tea and Conversation with Rabbi Julie, meet the second Thursday of each month on Zoom. Join Rabbi Julie for an informal, sweet time of conversation and connection where we will discuss short teachings, quotes or ideas from Judaism, and then have an opportunity to share experiences, wisdom and stories interfacing with the topic. This class meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 am.

Men’s Group with Cantor Randall Miller

This is an ongoing group that meets the 2nd Thursday of each month on TES Zoom. It’s a time of sharing, listening, and connecting for anyone who identifies as a man in our TES community. Please contact Chazzan Randall Miller for more info.


Unraveled, our kitting and other yarn crafts group, will meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 11:00 am at TES!  Bring your current project and what you’ve recently completed! Let’s kvell over our successes and work together on our challenges! Any questions, email Melissa Grudin at

Tuesday Night Torah Study

Join fellow TES members and others at 5 pm every Tuesday evening on Zoom.  For more information, email

Mussar Torah Study

Every second Saturday members Julia Sommer and Diane Werich will facilitate the Shabbat Torah Study as a Mussar Torah Study, building discussions largely based on the book, The Mussar Torah Commentary: A Spiritual Path to Living a Meaningful and Ethical Life, edited by Rabbi Barry Block. Each chapter in the book offers an essay by a rabbi or scholar about a mussar middah (value or character trait) central to the story of the weekly Torah portion.  For more information, email


Check back for a new class.  See Mussar for more information.

  • Meet the Author – 2023! with Rabbi Ken Ehrlich: Class Recordings
    • TES Members can access recordings of Rabbi Ken’s “Meet The Author – 2023!” classes in the TES Member Portal here.
    • For instructions on accessing the TES Member Portal, please click here.
  • Rabbi Julie’s Pre-Passover Class Recording
    • TES Members can access the recording of Rabbi Julie’s Pre-Passover class here. For instructions on accessing the TES Member Portal, please click here.

Tuesday afternoon Torah Study, 5:00 pm

Saturday morning Torah study, 9:00-9:45 am  Please see our calendar for the current schedule.

If you’re interested in joining our extraordinary Temple Emek Shalom Mussar Study program (or just to hear more), contact Marty Towbin.

Highlights from 2020-2022 Programs