Jewish Life & Learning Classes for Adults

Register now for Summer courses! See Listings below.

Our classes are designed to inspire and enable you to:
• Be a life-long learner. We offer opportunities for Jewish and interfaith learning intended to bring meaning, wellness and joy to your life.
• Reflect upon your personal values and traditions and make decisions that are informed by both. We emphasize the meaning and relevance of Jewish values and traditions in today's world while opening our minds and hearts to the contributions of our diverse participants.
• Deepen your connection to and support for a community that represents your spiritual and moral beliefs.

You don’t have to be Jewish to love our Jewish Life and Learning programs and classes!
The JCC welcomes and respects people of all ages, backgrounds and religions.

JCC Austin represents an aspect of the Jewish community, which our members define in very personal ways. To stay informed about great JLL programs, make sure you're receiving the Limmudnik E-news. If you have questions, contact Aliza Orent at (512) 735-8030.

Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Are you looking for a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish? Join us to explore the texts of our tradition and discover how they relate to us today. The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. With 50 locations in North America, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, the Melton School sets the standard for high quality,text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspire adult learners from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.
Registration for the 2014 Melton School year will open May 2014. For more information and room location, contact Aliza Orent at 512-735-8030 or

Bordering on Legitimacy  Summer 2014 Lecture Series –Starts June 2

Series led by Dr. Menahem Merhavy, FulbrightPostdoctoral Fellow, Center for Middle EasternStudies, University of Texas at AustinThis summer’s course examines thedevelopment of the relations between Israeland some of the prominent countries in the Arab World over a 4-week period. Topics of discussion include the role of territory inthe configuration of national spaces, past, present and future, as well as the dynamicsbetween Arab countries and their effect onthe development of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Classes are held in the Jewish Federation Conference Room.

Summer Series Schedule:
Monday, June 2 | Sh’I Islam
Monday, June 9 | Iranian Identity
Monday, June 16 | Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution in Perspective
Monday, June 23 | Iran and Its Satellites –Towards a Shiite Crescent?

10:30 AM-Noon 6/2-6/23 $68/ $56 Melton Graduate  JE3613SU14

Modern Living: Maintaining Balance

Discovering Ageless Answers in Timeless Jewish Texts

A Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Summer Learning Opportunity.Searching for ways to find balance in our lives is a recurring theme in modern living.  Throughout this course texts will be studied related to the various elements of our lives that are constantly hanging in the balance.  During this class we will focus on four areas:
1.  Family
2.  Work and Community
3.  Self
4.  Finding the Balance

We will have an opportunity to delve into a variety of Jewish texts that provide much food for thought in terms of prioritizing and balancing our lives. Taught by Melton Faculty Dana Baruch.
Sun. 4- 5:30 PM l 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 l Melton Grad $56/General Admission $72 JE3615SU14
Location to be provided following registration.

Fiddler on the Roof Summer Series

Fiddler on the Roof celebrates 50 years in 2014 and the JCC of Austin is proud to present a summer series focusing on this classic production.Come learn about the historical background of this magnificent and groundbreaking work at four fun and enlightening opportunities.Three lunch and learn sessions:  noon-1:15pm. Bring your lunch. We will provide beverages.

Tuesday, July 22 The ‘Real’ Shtetls of Eastern Europe  REGISTER

Virtually every Jew today has a mental image of the shtetl, the small villages in which Jews lived for centuries in Eastern Europe. These images are informed by the portrayal of shtetl life in a variety of media, from fiction to film. Sholem Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman (which most of us know better as Fiddler on the Roof) and artist Marc Chagall's whimsical depictions of Ukrainian Jewish life (with images of floating fiddlers) contribute to the contemporary vision of the shtetl as a small Jewish town in in Eastern Europe where a population of poor but industrious Jews worked and studied, all the while seemingly accompanied by a klezmer soundtrack. It doesn't take a professional historian to realize that such a static representation of the populous and geographically disperse Jewish communities of eastern Europe doesn't reflect historical reality. The popular "fiddlers" image of shtetl life neglects the great diversity of ideas and experiences that characterized these communities. Come learn about the “real” shtetl in this informative session.
Location: 150D | Code: JE 4065SU14

Tuesday, July 29 Fiddler @50: Universal Themes of a Cultural Icon  REGISTER

The musical Fiddler on the Roof debuted on stage at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in 1964, making 2014 its fiftieth anniversary. Fiddler on the Roof was written by Joseph Stein, with music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production featured Broadway legends Zero Mostel as Tevye and Bea Arthur as Yente the Matchmaker.In the decades since, it has become an undisputed cultural icon. It won nine Tony Awards, spawned four Broadway revivals, and became the first musical production in history to surpass 3,000 performances. "You don’t have to be Jewish to love Fiddler," Its themes are universal. It speaks about changing circumstances, family dynamics, and the tension between old and new. Join us as we explore this classic tale.
Location: 150D | Code: JE4066SU14

Sunday July 27 Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long 4:30 PM  REGISTER

Join us for the greatest Jewish-themed musical of all time. Sing, l’chaim, to life! Be a part of a musical tradition and sing along with one of the most beloved musicals of all time. It’s the Sing-a-long Fiddler on the Roof! Join the Fiddler cast in this special one-time-only live event as they sing with you and some of your favorite Broadway show tunes, “Tradition”, “Matchmaker”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Sunrise, Sunset” and many more. Don’t know all the words? Don’t worry. We’ll present the lyrics for the total audience participation experience, suitable for “fiddlers” young and old. Sure, its three hours long but we will have food for sale and popcorn galore!
Location: ECP MPR | Code: JE4068SU14

Thursday July 31 Sholom Aleichem and his World of Yiddish Literature REGISTER

Who was Sholom Aleichem and how did the Tevye Stories Come Alive in his world of Yiddish literature. In this session we will look at original text in Yiddish and discuss how his life informed his writing style. Led by Shula Weiner who grew up learning Yiddish so that she could understand her parent’s secrets.
Location: 150C | Code: JE4067SU14

Registration is kindly appreciated.This series is free and open to the community
Transportation may be available to attend these events.  For info, contact JCC Transportation Coordinator Julia Sparks at 512-735-8024 or

August 20214 Fiddler on the Roof Performances

Taking cues from the Chagall painting that inspired the Fiddler's title, the Visual Arts League selected artists Clara Foster Newby, Lyle Adair, Barbara Forrister, Hank Waddell, Melanie Lewis, Lydia Apelgren, Richard Ewen, and Tatiana Nikolova-Houston to create works of art to be part of the Fiddler's set design.  The production, directed by Adam Roberts, runs from August 2- August 31. Thursdays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

Location: First Austin, 901 Trinity Street, in collaboration with Trinity Street Players
Performances: Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 8 PM | Sundays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 2 PM | Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 8 PM
Free Admission - RSVP RESERVATIONS* & Donations Encouraged

*Although Trinity Street does accept walk-ins, their shows fill up fast! Don’t wait until the last minute and find yourself on the waiting list. Go ahead and reserve now to guarantee a seat. If you have trouble, you can email us at or call and leave a message at our reservation hotline at 512-402-3086. (Please NOTE: If you don’t see the date you want listed on their reservations page, it is because that date is full, and there are no seats still available. You can email or call and leave a message to have your name added to the waiting list.)

Israeli Folkdance

Open to All Ages Come be a part of the community. Israeli Dance is more than just fitness; it issocialization, dancing, and being a part of what is happening worldwide. When you learn Israeli Dance, you can go anywhere in the world and dance the same dances.  Led by Melinda Torrence and Teresa Pomerantz. Get ready to learn and have fundoing it! All levels are welcome. For more information, contact Teresa Pomeranz at 903-513-4095 or Meets in JCC Dance Studio.

T I 7-9:30 PM I ongoing I $4 members, students & seniors/ $6nm per class

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