West Valley
Lifelong Learning

In partnership with Temple Beth Shalom, Sun City & Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley

Classes will be held at Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City 10222 N 101st Ave, Sun City, AZ 85351

Winter 2017 Sessions
Thursdays beginning October 19 through December 14
Seven (7) Sessions
1:00 PM - 3:45 PM

West Valley offers a full afternoon of learning.
The afternoon is separated into two learning hours.
You are able to choose your courses for each of the hours or feel free to attend just one.

When you register online you will be able to select which classes you would like to take.


First Hour: 1:00 PM to 2:15 pm

The History of the Temple Mount with Terry Daughtrey
This course presents an analysis of the history and purpose of the First and Second Temples in ancient Judaism. Special attention is given to the history and development of these ancients sites.


Character Counts with Andre IvoryAn overview of the concepts of Mussar in Judaism and how we can evaluate our character traits and their effect on our life paths.

Second Hour: 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM


Interfaith Notions of the Afterlife: Where Judaism Differs with Rabbi Sheldon Moss, D.D., PhD, Temple Beth Shalom
Most religions assume that we live on in some form where God gets another chance to set things right. We will compare and contrast the religious imagination of various traditions as they soothe death anxiety with glimpses of what comes next. 


The Most Influential Jewish Musicians with Andre Ivory
Jews have influenced the music of the world for generations.  We will explore the lives, lyrics and music of the most influential Jewish musicians and songwriters.



West Valley
Judaism 101

In partnership with Temple Beth Shalom of the Northwest Valley

Classes will be held at Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City 10222 N 101st Ave, Sun City, AZ 85351

Winter 2017 Sessions
Thursdays beginning February 2 through May 4
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$250 for Individuals / $400 for Couples
Fees include books

This basic Jewish knowledge course is a 14 week course covering the basic concepts, holidays and history of Judaism. This course is open to the general public seeking basic knowledge about Judaism, as well as individuals and couples looking to convert to Judaism. In concert with the overall Judaism 101 program, participants will have the opportunity to attend special events designed to give participants hands-on experiences with Jewish ritual and traditions.

Judaism 101 Course Schedule

Feb 2 - Orientation – Judaism 101
Feb 9 - The Jewish Calendar and Holidays
Feb 16 - Shabbat
Feb 23 - High Holidays
Mar 2 - Jewish History 1 - Torah to Roman Empire
Mar 9 - Purim and Passover
Mar 16 - Jewish History 2 - Middle Ages to Holocaust
Mar 23 - Life Cycle 1 - Birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Lifelong Learning
Mar 30 - Life Cycle 2 - Marriage and Commitment
Apr 6 - Life Cycle 3 - Death and Jewish thoughts on Afterlife
Apr 13 - Jewish Theology
Apr 20 - Holocaust
Apr 27 - Israel
May 4 - Jewish By Choice: Belief, Belonging and Behavior