The public is invited to delve into Jewish learning with "Taste of Judaism," a free introductory class on Jewish spirituality, values and community.

In "Taste of Judaism" Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Jason Holtz lead an interactive exploration of Jewish history and practice, culture, rituals and traditions, in three two-hour sessions.

Now in its 14th year here, "Taste of Judaism" is free and open to everyone, and includes "tastes" of homemade traditional Jewish foods.

More than 4,500 people have completed the course offered by Temple Emanu-El, which is now planning five sessions throughout Tucson.

This class is ideal for people who would like to begin or continue their Jewish education, are in an interfaith relationship or are looking for a refresher on everything they forgot since Hebrew school.

Available are daytime and evening classes, including the popular family class presented with Tucson Hebrew Academy: adults attend the regular "Taste" class with the rabbis while kids have their own program of Jewish stories, crafts and activities with Tucson Hebrew Academy teachers.

There is no fee or obligation, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call Mila Vasser at 327-4501, Ext. 16, or email her at for more information or to register.

Here's the schedule:

• Sundays, Aug. 11, 18 and 25: Taste Family Class, 2-4 p.m. at Tucson Hebrew Academy, 3888 E. River Road.

• Mondays, Aug. 12, 19 and 26: 6-8 p.m. at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.

• Wednesdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28: 6-8 p.m. at the Ramada Tucson East, 6944 E. Tanque Verde Road.

• Thursdays, Aug. 15, 22 and 29: 6-8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road.

• Sundays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13: 1-3 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El (free child care available).

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