Jewish Life & Learning Classes for Adults


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If you have questions or would like additional information about Jewish Life & Learning, contact Aliza Orent at (512) 735-8030.

Food: A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine and You? Adults

Through lenses that are universal and Jewish, intellectual and emotional, artistic and nutritional, literaryand just plain fun, this is an interactive and joyful class with elements of eating, drinking, text study andlaughter. The 6 classes will cover 3 main themes: A Loaf of Bread – The Bounty of Bread & Bread as a Universal Symbol and Jewish Bread & Knead Challah?A Jug of Wine – The Taste of Wine/Separate and Holy and When Do We Drink, with Whom and Why? And You: Memory, Meaning & Eating – Food Choices and Systems of Meaning and The Holy Meal, Elementsof a Se’udah (a festive meal).This is a JCC Journeys: Adult Jews Living and Learning program from the Mandel Center for JewishEducation at JCC Association designed to strengthen adult Jewish engagement and identity. Led by Vicki Blachman, Aliza Orent and special community guests. Meets in Jewish Federation Conference Room.

W I 10-11:30 AM I 10/14-11/18 I 6x I $75 Melton Graduates/$100 All Others I JE4160

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Jewish Values for Parents to Share with their Children What are the Jewish values you want your children to know? This class 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, language and confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home. Led by Cheryl Hersh, AJA Head of School and offered in partnership with Austin Jewish Academy, The PJ Library and Shalom Sesame. Developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University, the curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey. Price includes textbook, which also includes spring session curriculum. For more information, contact Meets in Room 147, Education Building Annex.

W I 8:15-9:30 AM I 10/21-12/2 I 6x I $128m, AJA parents & Melton graduates/ $148nm JE4134

From Midrash to Make-Believe: A Fables & Fairy Tales Creative Writing Class

Hebrew Letters and Vowels Adults

This class is for those with zero to little knowledge of Hebrew. Learn in a joyful way how to sound outand combine all the basic letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet. This KabbalaHebrew study methodavoids the use of nonsense syllables and starts off right away reading real Hebrew words found in theTorah and elsewhere. Perfect for those who have been looking for a way to increase their ability to reador follow along in the Siddur or Hebrew Bible. Class size is limited to 10 people.Meets in Room 224 in the Education Building.

W I 6:30-8 PM I 10/14-12/2 I 7x I $100m/$125nm I JE4111

Israeli Folkdance Teen to Adult

Come be a part of the community. Israeli Dance is more than just fitness; it is socialization, dancing andbeing a part of what is happening worldwide. When you learn Israeli Dance, you can go anywhere in theworld and dance the same dances. Led by Teresa Pomerantz. Get ready to learn and have fun doing it. All levels are welcome. For more information, contact Teresa Pomerantz at 903-513-4095 or Meets in Dance Studio.

T I 7-9:30 PM I ongoing I $5m/$7nm per class

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity Adults

Examination of Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and socialchange of the past 300 years. Gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments ofthe major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalismon the movements and the Jewish people. This is a Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish LearningScholars curriculum. Class is open to all and you do not need to be a Melton Graduate to participate. Taughtby Rabbi Amy Cohen.  Meets in Temple Beth Shalom, Room 202.

Th I 10-11:30 AM I 10/15-12/10 I 8x I $112 Melton Graduates/$140 Non-MeltonGraduates (Plus $45 for student reader) I JE4163