Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon (second from left) discusses a Torah at a Taste of Judaism class last year.

This is an auspicious year for Temple Emanu-El’s Taste of Judaism program.

It’s the 18th annual event for the series of classes designed to introduce attendees to Judaism.

That number, 18, is the numerical value of the Hebrew word “chai” — life.

The classes will answer questions the curious might have about the religion: What Jews believe, what the holidays mean, traditional foods, even the reasoning behind circumcision.

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel will lead the three 2-hour sessions.

The series of classes are offered around town:

2-4 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 13, 20, 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road.

6-8 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 14, 21, 28, Northwest: Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.

Noon-2 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, Beth Shalom Temple Center, 1751 N. Rio Mayo in Green Valley.

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 24, 31, Sept. 7, Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road.

The classes are free but reservations are necessary: 327-4501.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at kallen@tucson.com or 573-4128. On Twitter: @kallenStar