Jewish Life & Learning Classes for Adults

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Melton Adults

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, contact Aliza Orent at 512-735-8030 or aliza.orent@shalomaustin.org.
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Passover Lunch and Learn Adults

Part One: Pesach in Tanach, History and Archaeology—The Exodus played a vital role in the religion of Israel. In this class we explore key biblical references to the event, and examine and evaluate biblical and extra biblical evidence for the Exodus.

Part Two: The Structure of the Haggadah—In this class we trace the development of Pesach home service from late Second Temple times to the modern period. We will also discuss the organization, meaning, and objectives of the composite work known as the Haggadah. Taught by Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ph.D. 
For more information, contact Aliza Orent at 512-735-8030 or aliza.orent@shalomaustin.org. Meets in 150D.

T I 12:10-1:15 PM I 4/1 & 4/8 I 2x I $10m/$14nm I JE4010

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 teresa@pomeranch.com. Meets in Dance Studio.

T I 7-9:30 PM I ongoing I $5 members, students & seniors/ $7 nm per class

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity Adults

Challenges of Modernity combines religious history with political science and sociology for a fascinating look at the extraordinary changes in contemporary Judaism as reflected in its denominations. Students will embark on a fresh examination of Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdropof dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Participants will gain new insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements through exploration of the impact of gender issues, assimilation, the State of Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements themselves and on the Jewish people in the modern age. This Melton Scholars Curriculum is open to all individuals—Graduates and others. This class is taught by Rabbi Steven Folberg and held at Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 inthe Board Room. Registration is through the JCC of Austin.$36 Student Reader required. Couples may share materials. For more information, contact Aliza Orent at 512-735-8030 or aliza.orent@shalomaustin.org.

W I 11:45 AM-1 PM I 1/22-3/26 I 10x I $140 Melton Graduates/ $175 Non-MeltonGraduates I JE4139

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