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Lifelong Learning for Adults

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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Have ideas for a class you'd like to lead? Submit our proposal form!

Featured Learning Opportunity

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

Sign up deadline is January 1, 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.

Our Experiments

These programs are brand new and we are really excited about them!

Project Zug Online Learning

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer Project Zug courses to our members! Connect with your community through weekly one-to-one paired (havruta) or small-group learning. Together, Temple Beth Shalom and Project Zug offer self-paced, relevant learning on a wide variety of topics, from the songs of Leonard Cohen, to Jewish philosophy, to social justice. Learn more.


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.


Yiddishkeit Group: Lunch & Learn

Join this lunch-time meet up as congregants come together to share memories, family experiences, traditions and feelings that have been passed down from generation to generation. We will begin by exploring the definition of yiddishkeit and we will discuss why Judaism is much more than a religion, but also a culture that defines us and connects us to one another. Connect with your roots and explore the challenges as well as the hope we have in transmitting yishkheit to future generations. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a great discussion! Contact Ruth Deitch for upcoming dates at 512-340-0403.

Who We Are

These classes and opportunities are well attended and always requested. Don't be the only person at the temple who has never attended!

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! 




Beginner's Hebrew

Introduction to the Aleph Bet 

 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. Regiistration closed for Fall 2019. Stay tuned for future classes.


Exploration of the Prayer Book

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

Registration closed for Fall 2019. Stay tuned for future classes.




 Introduction to Judaism

Join these classes whenever a new series begins. Jews, converts, and individuals who simply want to learn more are all invited! Contact Marissa Wright for details.

Living a Full Jewish Life

These classes are not offered all the time, but we are listening to your requests and trying our best to meet them!

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.


Learning Series: Jewish Ethics

Sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom, Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service, and The Village at the Triangle

Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2

1:00 p.m.

The Village at the Triangle, 4517 Triangle  Avenue, Austin TX 78751

Explore the impact of Jewish ethics on modern life with Rabbi Freedman.

Open to the greater Jewish community and Village at the Triangle residents. Class is free of charge, but space is limited. Register at
Contact:, 512.250.1043


Mussar Chaburah (advanced study and practice) 

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

Dates: Start date to be determined

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.


Temple Beth Shalom Library

Our library offers over 1,000 books on all aspects of Judaism. Learn more about how to use this resource.

What's Happening in Austin

Because there are opportunities for learning everywhere and we don't want you to miss them!

J-Spin is Back!

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 9:00 a.m.
JCC Group Fitness Studio
Our own Rabbi Cohen (a Schwinn-certified instructor) invites you to celebrate Chanukah in an entirely new way! This one-class event is free to all JCC members and non-members with a suggested donation on the day of class. Learn more and register.

Check Out Shalom Austin's Adult Jewish Learning

Choose the topic, instructor, and time that works for you! Each month from November-May brings a new topic and a new teacher presenting a month-long module around a specific theme. Learn more.

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.


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