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Lifelong Learning for Adults

Simchat Torah observance at Temple Beth Shalom

We believe that learning is a central part of life for both adults and children. Our adult learning community is an integral part of many members' lives in their lifelong pursuit of Jewish literacy and personal growth.

Our programs are driven by the diverse interests of our members.  We provide learning opportunities that are accessible to learners at all levels of understanding. See detailed listings of our current Lifelong Learning offerings below.

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Featured Learning Opportunity

Temple Beth Shalom Trip to Israel, June 2-12, 2020

Join us for a journey of inspiration, education, and connection. Experience Israel from ancient history to high-tech innovation. You'll explore the wonders of Jerusalem, the energy of Tel Aviv, and the serenity of the north. Also included are outdoor adventures and Tikkum Olam encounters. Learn more.


Other Opportunities in Alphabetical Order:


Beginner's Hebrew

Introduction to the Aleph Bet 

Sundays 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Dates: Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15; Jan. 12, 19 (10 sessions)
Location: Room 201 at Temple Beth Shalom
Investment: $72.00

 The focus of the fall class is decoding of Hebrew letters, vowels, and simple syllable reading. The format is fun and interactive, with plenty of opportunity for practice. The class is designed for beginners but open to those seeking a review of rusty Hebrew skills as well. Although the focus is on prayerbook Hebrew, the reading skills will transfer to conversational or Israeli Hebrew. Learn more and register.

Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship

Are you curious about the relationship between Judaism and Christianity and want to learn more? Are you troubled by the often violent history—past and present—that has plagued that relationship and yet hopeful for pathways of peace between these traditions? Do you seek deeper relationships with your neighbor as you grow together in understanding? Austin Seminary’s Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship is designed to explore these questions, to increase interfaith understanding, and to foster friendships across traditions. Courses are team taught on-line by clergy (including clergy from Temple Beth Shalom) and professors from both traditions who model collaborative and creative learning through relationship. Learn more.

Exploration of the Prayer Book

Dates:  Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15; Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 23; March 1, 8, 29; April 5, 19; May 3 (20 sessions)

Location: Classroom at the Early Childhood Center at Shalom Austin (specific room tbd)

Investment: $154.00 

Take a deep and meaningful dive into the meaning of prayer and feel more comfortable during services at Temple Beth Shalom and in other communities.

* Open to both readers and non-readers of Hebrew

* Suitable for those who have or haven't had Intro to Judaism: Liturgy, and Beginning Hebrew Courses

Learn more and register.


Financial Peace University

Did you know that Judaism has a tremendous amount to teach us about financial management? This course, led by Temple Beth Shalom congregant Anne Corn, is designed for couples and individuals interested in learning the basics of money management: savings, budgeting, getting out of debt, buying insurance, building wealth and whole host of other money topics. Learn more.


Mussar Chaburah (advanced study and practice) 

Thursdays from 10:00am-11:15am at Temple Beth Shalom, facilitated by Rabbi Amy Cohen.

Dates: Beginning on October 24th and continuing twice a month through May.

Investment: $240 for the year

Chaburah is an intermediate to advanced-level course that is open to The Mussar Institute Chaverim who have completed previous courses with The Mussar Institute and are ready to build awareness of middot with a negative valence. This focus is appropriate, as awareness and practice will build a bridge to the “positive.” Students cultivate a sharpened awareness of the play of inner traits in life, which provides both the opportunity and strength to exercise choice. They report that they, their relationships, and the context of their lives change and transform. For this reason, it is important to have a foundational understanding of many middot before embarking on this course. The Chaburah program focuses on one middah per month. For more information, please contact Marissa Wright.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Oct. 30-Dec. 11, 2019 at Temple Beth Shalom

Jewish Family Service and Temple Beth Shalom are pleased to present this 6-session workshop for couples to learn evidence-based relationship skills with additional Jewish perspectives and wisdom. This workshop is a fun, interactive way to learn skills to improve your marriage.  Learn more.


Torah Study

Torah Study is held every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Led by one of our rabbis, educators, or lay leaders. Free for members and non-members; just show up! 


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