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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 Feb. 8, 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.

Project Zug Online Learning

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer Project Zug courses to our members! Connect with your community through weekly 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. Contact us about future Project Zug classes.

 

Recipes & Reminiscing

Upcoming Class: Purim, Hamantaschen, and Mishloach Manot

Wednesday, Feb.24, via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Please join us for another Recipes & Reminiscing class! Together we will schmooze, share stories, and bake hamantaschen. This dairy-free recipe requires no chilling or rest time before rolling, so you will be able to have finished cookies in a couple of hours from start to finish! If you don't want to bake, please still join us to visit. Register here.

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

 

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.

Upcoming selections in 2021:
February: The Pity of it All, Amos Elon
March: House of Gold, Natasha Solomons
April: America's Prophet, Bruce Feiler
May: Mother Country, Irena Reyn

For questions or to RSVP, email shalom@bethshalomaustin.org.

 

One-Time or Short-Term Education Offerings

 

Introduction to Hebrew--Class Full

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

Sundays 3:00-4:15 p.m.


Part 1: Friday night service and Shema section, beginning Jan. 10, for 10 sessions--Class full


Part 2: Saturday morning service and Tefillah section, beginning April 18 for 10 sessions 

Register Now for Part 2

Students can register for either or both; Part 1 is not prerequisite for Part 2. 


This class is open to 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.

Cooking in Community

Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

In 2021 we start our new cooking series--a collaboration among Temple Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel, and Congregation Agudas Achim. Details about and registration for our May 4 session coming soon!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 Marissa 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.

 

The Rainbow and the Tent: Exploring LGBTQ+ in Jewish Life

Feb. 23 & March 2
7:00 p.m.

Led by Rabbi Steinman
RSVP Here


Join Rabbi Steinman in a two-part session exploring the topic of LGBTQ+ experiences through a Jewish lens. Rabbi Steinman will create a safe space to ask questions related to connecting with the LGBTQ+ members of our family, community and beyond Join. Topics addressed will include “How to be a good ally” and “why using preferred pronouns matter”. Whether you have personal connections within the LGBTQ+ community or not, these session provide the foundation to learn, grow, and explore together. If you are interested in a more intimate setting to explore you or your family’s personal connections to the LGBTQ+ experience, contact Marissa for information about follow-up sessions specifically geared to those who have a personal connection with this topic.

 

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion: Where we are, where we want to be, and what this means for our community

Rabbi Eleanor Steinman 
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 p.m. 

This presentation is for Temple Beth Shalom members. Register here.

Rabbi Steinman will lead a discussion with Rabbi Anna Beroll and Rabbi Amy Cohen about what Jewish tradition teaches about inclusion, new opportunities and things to learn about inclusion, and ways we can widen our inclusion at Temple Beth Shalom. 

We encourage you to prepare for this session by participating in other educational opportunities. However, we welcome all participants to this session regardless of their participation in other sessions. 

 

Grandparent Group


First and Third Sundays
11:00-11:30 a.m.
Members Only, Via Zoom

Register

Join fellow grandparents in an informal setting to connect about being a Jewish grandparent in today’s world. 

 

 

 

 

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