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Upcoming Adult Education Events

Oct
7

10.07.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Oct
8

10.08.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Oct
14

10.14.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Oct
15

10.15.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Oct
16

10.16.2017 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

We believe that learning is a central part of life for both adults and children, and our adult learning community is an integral component 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' and we provide bountiful learning opportunities that are accessible to learners at all levels of understanding. Scroll down to see detailed listings of all our current Adult Education offerings, or click the links below.

Financial Peace

Foundations of Jewish Family Living (Melton)

Intro to Judaism/Conversion Class

Liturgical Hebrew

Mussar

Torah Study

Wisdom on Wednesdays

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer? Contact Jayme Dale, Education Coordinator at Temple Beth Shalom, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you know that Judaism has a tremendous amount to teach us about financial management? This 9-session course, led by Anne Corn, is designed for couples and individuals interested in learning the basics of money management. In addition to videos and materials prepared by Ramsey Solutions and small group discussions, Rabbi Alan Freedman and Rabbi Amy Cohen will present Jewish perspectives on earning and using money. Between classes participants are given “homework” to put figures to paper and to apply the information for their families or for themselves.

Couples are encouraged to take the Financial Peace University course together and individuals are encouraged to select a financial accountability partner. Child care may be available upon request.

The course costs $100 (for Ramsey Solutions Materials) and will happen from 6:30-8:30pm at Temple Beth Shalom on Nov. 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20; and Jan. 3, 10, 17. 

To register or get more information, contact Marissa Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 735-8900.

foundations

What are the Jewish values you want your children to know? Foundations of Jewish Family Living is a learning opportunity for parents that provides a thought-provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism. At a time in a family’s life when a child is experiencing his or her own Jewish education, this rich learning experience provides you with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home.You'll also get meaningful connections to PJ Library books and the Shalom Sesame video series. Taught by Rabbi Amy Cohen.

This eight-week class will be held once a month Sundays, October 22nd through May 6th from 9:30am-10:45am in room 204 at Temple Beth Shalom. The class dates are: 10/22, 11/12, 12/10, 1/7, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, & 5/6.

The course is $60 for JCC/Temple Beth Shalom Members/Melton Graduates and $80 all others. This is part 2 of the series, so returning students will use same textbook as Part 1. New students will get a Student Reader for an addtion $33 dollars. Scholarships are available.

REGISTER ONLINE

For more information please contact Shelly Prant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 512-735-8086.

Intro to Judaism/Conversion Class is a great course for folks interested in converting to Judaism, non-Jewish family members wanting to learn more to support their Jewish loved ones, or for folks just interested in learning (or relearning!) the basics.

We are thrilled when folks to decide to explore Judaism within our Reform community and we know you will find our members eager to welcome you at Shabbat services and holiday celebrations throughout the year. Choosing a Jewish life is a huge step and we believe you will find deep meaning and a sense of purpose within Jewish rituals, traditions and our shared history.

Our conversion process is unique and we welcome students who are interested in learning more about Judaism, but who may not be ready to declare their intention for conversion. That is why we also call this class our Introduction to Judaism series. We strive to create a cohesive and supportive community of learners, and therefore we offer various points of entry throughout the year while encouraging all of our students to remain in each series for the duration of that topic.

Learn more by looking through our Intro to Judaism/Conversion pamphlet. To register for class or learn more, please contact Jayme Dale, Education Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are expanding our Hebrew partnership with the greater Austin Jewish community by offering an introduction to Hebrew class with a focus on the Friday night service, as well as an advanced conversational class, both in our building on Sunday mornings and afternoons. Participants in this class may have familiarity with the Aleph Bet but is not required. Hebrew Aleph will be taught at a faster pace than the Novice class and as part of building Hebrew fluency and understanding of Shabbat liturgy. This class will include understanding Hebrew roots and major words to increase your familiarity and comfort in Shabbat services. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am in Room 201.

To register or learn more, please check out ShalomAustin's website.

The World of Mussar is opening before you … and you are invited to enter!

The study of Mussar, an integrative experience of studying values through texts, meditation and personal practice began last fall and is continuing this year with two new groups forming immediately after the Holidays. Mussar offers a Jewish pathway and a set of teachings that will help you find your way toward becoming your best self, and our community to reach its higher potential. Mussar might best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics” and has been practiced for centuries by people who sought to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner mensch. Mussar has been undergoing a revival in the Jewish world, and we are fortunate to be able to offer this curriculum created by The Mussar Institute, the leaders in the field. This program is endorsed by the Union for Reform Judaism and is suitable for all, regardless of level of Jewish knowledge. There are no pre-requisites nor is Hebrew required.

Come join in small group study, led by Rabbi Cohen and Allison Kramer, both trained in Mussar practice, as we explore together, in a safe and caring environment, what the Jewish tradition has to teach us about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order and honor, among others – and discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life. 

You will receive a copy of the course textbook "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Morinis textbook, and in group meetings and personal study and practice, we will explore these soul traits together. 

The course, including the textbook, is $90. If you already own the book or don't want to purchase it through Temple Beth Shalom, the course is $75.

Registration info coming soon!

When: Shabbat Morning (Saturday) at 9am.

Where: Room 202/203 at Temple Beth Shalom.

What: The study of Torah, one of the 613 mitzvot, is of paramount importance in Judaism. Yet who knew the performance of this mitzvah could be such fun? Under the guidance of Rabbi Freedman, students learn Torah in a relaxed, highly interactive environment. Throw on your jeans and drop in any time to join in this meaningful Saturday morning experience.

Do you have questions about Israel, our core Jewish texts, Kabbalah or Jews in Rock and Roll? Visit us on Wednesday evenings for lay lead offerings designed to provide you with different scholars and topics to explore throughout the year.

Classes are held on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in Rooms 202/203 unless otherwise indicated. Double check our our Temple's Calendar for the most updated information and schedule.