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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!


Special Event

Our Torah Journey

Temple Beth Shalom owns three beloved Torah scrolls, and they have shared many simchas, prayerful services, and holy journeys with us through the years. With this love and use, all three Torahs are now in need of cleaning and restoration. Some repairs are minor, such as cracked letters, while other repairs are more significant, like fading or discolored letters, flaking ink, and torn stitching.

On February 9, the temple will launch this holy work by hosting soferim (scribes) to begin repairing our Torahs. Be a part of this joyful experience by participating in any (or all!) of the sofer-led experiences.

Spread across three days (Feb. 9, March 31, and May 3), there are opportunities for everyone of all ages and life stages. Join us for one or both of our fundraising opportunities (a personal scribing session, and an educational dinner with the sofer); and/or our events that are free and open to all, including sofer-led educational workshops, a joyful opening celebration to welcome the soferim into our congregation, and a closing celebration to welcome our Torahs back into our arms.

See how to participate.


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

Stay tuned for future class dates.

Jewish Family Service and Temple Beth Shalom join together 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.  

 

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 yiddishkeit to future generations. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a great discussion! Contact Ruth Deitch for upcoming dates at 512-340-0403.

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

The signup deadline has passed for this trip. Temple Beth Shalom is planning a journey of inspiration, education, and connection. During this trip, we will experience Israel from ancient history to high-tech innovation. We'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.


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

Spring Hebrew classes start in February. Beginners' Hebrew meets Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. for 10 sessions. This fun and interactive class introduces the letters, basic vowels, and simple reading. For registration, contact instructor Rivkah Shieber at rshieber@gmail.com. If you already have some Hebrew and are interested in Beginners' II or Intermediate study, please contact Rivkah for details. 

 

Exploration of the Prayer Book

Are you ready to get deeper into the meaning of prayer? Join us for Exploration of the Prayerbook on Sundays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., starting January 26. 


This class is open to both readers and non-readers of Hebrew, as we work directly from the prayerbook using either the Hebrew or the transliteration. The spring class focuses on Shabbat morning prayers. Our wide-ranging discussion covers vocabulary, grammar, order, themes, history, and philosophy of the prayerbook. For registration, contact instructor Rivkah Shieber at rshieber@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 Introduction to Judaism

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

See our conversion document.

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!

 

  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!

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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