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Sun City Temple hosts interfaith adult education programs


Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan

Posted Tuesday, November 14, 2023 12:00 pm

Interfaith adult education courses “Israel on the Edge” and “The Ten Commandments” will be presented in December by Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave. They are open to people of all faiths.

“Israel on Edge” is 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. In this course, Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will analyze Israel’s security crisis. Participants will look at the ideology of the terrorist groups that are seeking to destroy the state of Israel and try to explain why Israel was caught so unprepared for the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks. Discussion also will be about what may happen in the future. 

Rabbi Kaplan has lived in Israel, spent time there in 2022 and 2023 and is in regular contact with numerous friends who live in Israel.

Cost is $15 for Temple members and $25 for non-members. Deadline to register is noon Dec. 5.

“The Ten Commandments: Do they Really Say What We Think They Say?” is 10 a.m. Mondays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Jews, Christians, people of other faiths and non-believers are invited to participate in this course led by Rabbi Kaplan. Participants will look at the Ten Commandments and explore discoveries about the actual nature of the text. They will analyze what the biblical verses may have meant then discuss what they might mean today.

Cost is $15 for Temple members and $25 for non-members. Deadline to register is noon Nov. 30.

Register and pay the fees by contacting the Temple Beth Shalom office at 623-977-3240, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Rabbi Kaplan completed his rabbinic studies and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religious Jerusalem campus. He received a PhD in Jewish history from Tel Aviv University and has authored numerous articles and several books. Prior to becoming Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in 2019, he held pulpits in South Africa, Georgia, Jamaica and Alabama.

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