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Upcoming Adult Education Events


07.01.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am


07.08.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am


07.15.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am


07.22.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Special Courses

Below are extended descriptions of multi-part special series' being offered by Temple Beth Shalom, not including Wisdom on Wednesdays. To see the topics being covered by our Wisdom on Wednesday Adult Education series, you can download our projected Wisdom on Wednesday calendar to get a sense of the upcoming year. Always double check our Temple's Calendar for the most updated information and schedule.

The following is a description of the free Yoga series being offered through Temple Beth Shalom and taught by Shona Gilbert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Feel free to email the instructor, Shona, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with questions or to RSVP.

When and Where are these classes offered?
These classes are offered from 12:20pm - 1:20pm in the JCC Group Fitness Room on the following dates:

December 4, 2016
January 22, 2017
February 12, 2017
March 5, 2017
April 2, 2017

Want to know more about the instructor?
The courses are taught by Shona Gilbert. Shona teaches chair yoga to special populations specifically in recovery with multiple disabilities and they love it! The Temple Beth Shalom congragation / meditation group will too! 

What is the format of the class?
The classes are free and open to both Temple Beth Shalom members and the broader Austin community. Shona encourages everyone to join her no matter what experience (including no experience!) with yoga. Yoga is truly for everyone at any age. All classes will begin with breath work, Mayofacsia release, a mini-flow warm up, followed with a “core" exercise. Then we will do standing postures beginning with Sun Salutations, moving seamlessly into Vinyasa that match the theme (i.e: opening heart and or hips, shoulders etc.) and a 15 minute cool down with seated postures. The class ends with 5 minute Savasana and self meditation. Below are themes for sessions throughout the series:

Standing Poses with Breath
The class will work with Surya Namaskara A and B. These sun salutations are the back bone of all yoga practices and embrace the historical tradition of yoga. Foundational poses that create stability, like Triangle, and work on mobility while exploring balancing and grounding postures such as Single Legged Mountain or Eagle poses.

Forward Bends with Breath
Building off of the previous class and keeping the same format we will emphasize forward bending postures. Not only do forward bends improve all over body efficiency, they improve circulation of the spine and lengthen the back line of the body.

Backbends with Breath
Taking shapes that extend the front line of the body and flex and arch the spine is rejuvenating. This shape encompasses simple and approachable poses such as starting the class lying supine (on their back) with a block under the rib cage to gently open the collar bone and heart. Incorporating this shape through the class will energize everyone.

Inversions with Breath
We won’t be standing on our heads!

Through the class we will be incorporating postures that bring our head below our heart. This is technically an inversion. Building on the strength gains from previous classes we will explore approachable inversions like dolphin, and wide legged standing fold with our heads resting on a block or in our hands.

Restore with Yin and Deep Breath
This class is structured a little differently in that we will start with 30 minutes of our previous format but moving more slowly. We will spend the last 30 minutes of class with Yin stretching to specifically work on flexibility, while taking down the nervous system with breath and meditation.

If we have six sessions together then I will insert “twists” after inversions and before Yin.

Is your life unfolding so fast that is seems as if you are running on perpetual acceleration?

Do you wish for a more full sense of presence during Shabbat services, at home, during work, with your kids and loved ones?

Are you facing challenges, chronic illness, grief, loss and wish you could find inner quiet and stillness?

Have you been interested in learning meditation?

Do you practice meditation and wish you could infuse it with Jewish spirit?

Prepare to live a more vibrant, full life by cultivating the ability to attend with complete awareness and without judgment to every thought, feeling and sensation as it arises moment to moment.

Where and When:
Sunday mornings
JCC Group Fitness Room

December 11, 2016
January 29, 2017
February 26, 2017

Bring yourself… no props necessary (but welcome if you use them already).

Please RSVP to Rosa Schnyer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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, who was trained last spring 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.

Click here to register now!

Mussar Group Dates and Times

Two mussar groups are beginning this fall. If you would like information about these groups or about future offerings, please contact Rabbi Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jewish Values for Parents to Share with Their Children

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 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.Taught by Rabbi Amy Cohen. In partnership with The PJ Library and Shalom Sesame.

This nine-week class will be held once a month Sundays, September 18-May 7 from 9:30-10:30AM at Temple Beth Shalom.

The course is $90 for JCC/Temple Beth Shalom Members/Melton Graduates and $125 all others (plus $33 for Student Reader). Scholarships are available.


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