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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.

Temple Beth Shalom members, want to be added to the Lifelong Learning email list? Log in to your account and add lifelong learning to your subscriptions.

Non-members, complete our Membership Inquiry Form for information about membership and congregational life.

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

Updated Oct. 12, 2021

All opportunities below are offered online and by phone through Zoom. See how to use Zoom.

Ongoing Education Opportunities

Torah Study

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Whether you have the Torah memorized, or you haven't read the Torah for years, or you've never read it, this group is open to those interested in delving into the text. Learn what the Torah says and how it is relevant in our daily lives. The group is guided through an insightful and lively discussion led by one of our rabbis, educators, or lay leaders. It is helpful but not at all necessary to have your own Torah. Contact us to receive more information about taking part in Torah Study. Free for members and non-members.


Recipes & Reminiscing

Stay tuned for our next class!


Want to view the recipes compiled from each meeting? Check them out here!



Cooking in Community

Next offering: 

From Baghdad to Calcutta: Delight in a Taste of Jewish India, with host Rahel Musleah

Tuesday, November 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m., via Zoom

Register here

Cook and learn along with Rahel Musleah in a delightful program about her Baghdadi-Indian-Jewish culinary heritage, a delicious hybrid of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. She will show you how to make cheese samboosaks, a classic comfort snack of golden pastries with a melt-in-your mouth cheese filling. She will also share food-based memories that recreate a rich Indian Jewish cultural world.

The Cooking in Community series is a collaboration between three of the synagogues in Austin: Congregation Agudas Achim, Congregation Beth Israel, and Temple Beth Shalom.

Temple Beth Shalom Book Club

Join other Temple Beth Shalom congregants online as we explore a Jewish-themed book every month. No time to read the book this month? Join us anyway for the great discussion.

For this month's book info, visit our calendar event page. For other questions or to RSVP, contact us.



One-Time or Short-Term Education Offerings


Scholar in Residence Weekend With Rabbi Barry Block

Friday, Oct. 29-Saturday, Oct. 30

Join us for an engaging weekend of study and education with our scholar in residence, Rabbi Barry Block. Rabbi Block leads Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Houston native, Rabbi Block has long served Reform Judaism and the communities in which he has lived, taking on several leadership roles. He is the editor of The Mussar Torah Commentary and The Social Justice Torah Commentary, and his writing appears in several other CCAR Press anthologies and other publications. See the full schedule of services and events, including registration forms.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program includes 15 months of study, Hebrew language learning, and the opportunity learn alongside fellow members, clergy, and Jewish educators. This first cohort will conclude with the simcha of a shared b’nai mitzvah on March 19, 2022.  Interested? Contact us for information about future opportunities.


Conversations on Judaism & Civil Society

Hebrew Union College presents conversations that bring social scientific rigor as well as a Jewish lens on pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues. Explore the offerings.


Introduction to Hebrew

Current class is fullContact us to express interest for the next class.

This is an interactive class so students are expected to participate with video and audio. This class introduces the letters, basic vowels, and simple reading. Class is limited to 10 students but we will wait list if there is higher demand and consider adding a second section. Class cost includes a packet of support materials that can be picked up from the instructor or mailed. Students will be expected to purchase the textbook Shalom Uvrachah separately.

Exploration of the Prayerbook

Current class is fullContact us to express interest for the next class.

This class is for both readers and non-readers of Hebrew! This class will be useful both for those who've had "Intro to Judaism: Liturgy," and those who haven't.

Are you ready to get deeper into the meaning of prayer? This class explores the details of Hebrew prayer either in the original or transliteration--you can read along in either alphabet. For those who've had the Liturgy section of the Intro to Judaism class, this class goes into more detail, and focuses on the Hebrew. The class also covers the special features of our prayerbook, Mishkan Tefilah, and choreography and common melodies of basic prayers at Temple Beth Shalom. 

We will examine the meaning of prayer as found in:
--basic vocabulary and grammar
--order of and inter-relationships between the prayers
--Jewish history revealed in prayers and the history of the prayerbook
--Reform Judaism's philosophy as seen in changes and choices in our prayerbook

The first class focuses on Friday night prayers and the Shema prayers. The second class covers Saturday morning prayers and the Tefillah section, the Torah service, and as time allows, holiday Hebrew.


Opportunities to Engage and Connect

Lunch and Schmooze for Congregants Living Alone

Led by Cantor Gostein 
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom members, please contact us to obtain the password to join this meeting.

Join by Zoom (video)
Join by phone (audio only): Call 346-248-7799 and enter meeting ID 722-036-738 when prompted.





Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782