Jewish Life & Learning Classes for Adults

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 or would like additional information about any of these Jewish Life & Learning, classes contact Aliza Orent at (512) 735-8030.

Jewish Film Pairings NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us for Film Screenings and Conversations on themes and aspects of the American Jewish experience expressed in cinema. Bring your sense of wonder and curiosity (we already know you will have an opinion!) JCC 150-C.

The Jewish Image in American Film: A Century of Jewish Characters and Themes

Wednesday June 15: Gentleman’s Agreement with Gregory Peck
Wednesday June 29: Hester Street

Growing-Up Stories: Coming of Age in the Media and Literature

Tuesday July 5: Marjorie Morningstar
Tuesday July 19: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

American Jewish Comedy

Monday August 1: Animal Crackers
Monday August 15:  Annie Hall

Evenings will begin promptly at 6:30 PM with an introduction, a screening and followed by a break for refreshments with a post-viewing discussion. In partnership with the Jewish Life and Learning, the Senior Adult Dept. and the Jewish Heritage Video Collection: A Project of the Jewish Media Fund.

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Modern Living: Maintaining Balance. Discovering Ageless Answers in Timeless Jewish Texts

A recent survey asked full time workers from around the United States how important it would be for them to find a proper work/life balance. The results were astounding. A full 96% of survey respondents considered it a high priority to find a better work/life balance in the coming year.

Work-Life balance issues affect productivity and the overall satisfaction and loyalty of employees. Left unaddressed, work –life balance issues often lead to burn-out and a higher employee turnover rate. This is a Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning curriculum through Hebrew University of Jerusalem.




New classes starting Fall 2016! All sessions held at the JCC, 7300 Hart Lane

Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew.  A Taste of Melton offers the opportunity free of charge to try a class before signing up for the 2 year program. 

Melton offers a well-rounded and comprehensive course of study in a user-friendly format. You can anticipate spirited dialogue, meaningful study, and an appreciation for Judaism-past, present and future. Register today and join the great Jewish conversation.

“Taste of Melton” Sessions:

Monday June 20, 7 PM, Room 150D. Faculty: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Monday July 11, 7 PM, Room 150D. Faculty: Rabbi Alan Freedman

Tuesday August 23, 9:30 AM Room 150D. Faculty: Dana Baruch

Jewish Responses to Climate Change: Wednesday June 22  7 PM, CAA Multipurpose Room (upstairs) with Yaira Robinson

As awareness about climate change has risen over the last ten years or so, people of all different religions have looked to their traditions, seeking teaching and practices that might guide them through the unfamiliar wilderness of climate change that lies ahead. What teachings and practices have emerged in the Jewish community? How are Jews responding to climate change? How can we learn, engage, and act here in Austin? 

Yaira is the Associate Director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, where she coordinates Texas Interfaith Power & Light, one of 40 state Interfaith Power and Light programs that together offer a “religious response to climate change.” She joined the staff in 2008.

In addition, Yaira is a rabbinical student in the ALEPH Rabbinic Ordination program and holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has studied religiously-based environmental and food justice with Creation Justice MinistriesHazonGreenFaith, and the Siach network.

Drawn to Action ~ The Art of Arthur Szyk Wednesday July 13, 7 PM, ECP MPR

Gregg S. Philipson, Commissioner for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission will use images from the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive and talk about how the power of the pen was utilized to help the Allied victory and the Jewish people during and after the Holocaust.

The Philipsons have assembled a massive collection of holocaust artifacts including original Holocaust era art, WWII propaganda, Jewish related military artifacts and much more.

The collection is regularly utilized to further Holocaust and genocide education at major museums, universities, colleges, middle/high schools as well as U.S. military bases.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Jewish Life and Learning and the Senior Adult Department. RSVP to

The Mysteries of the 613 Commandments: Sacred Space in Torah and What It Might Mean For Us  

Wednesday July 20 and 27   12-1:30 PM   CAA History Room  $12

By tradition, there are 613 commandments, or mitzvot, in the Hebrew Bible. For Jews, these mitzvot - taken together - inform the life by which God calls us to live.  Jews have all sorts of differing ideas about which of these mitzvot should actually be followed and how. But rarely do we give them a fresh look to study and discuss how they might give guidance to how we live in our own time. This session will attempt to begin that discussion in our community by exploring a way of examining the mitzvot as classified by Maimonides. Taught by Sandy Kress. This is a lunch and learn, please bring only dairy, parve or veggie.

Israeli Folkdance          All Ages
Come be a part of the community. Israeli Dance is more than just fitness; it is socialization, 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 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 the Dance Studio. 

T I 7-9:30 PM I ongoing I $5m, students and seniors / $7nm per class. Drop in.

Rosh Chodesh Celebrations Adults and Teens

The first of each Jewish month, the celebration of the new moon, is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh, has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. ( This year, women from various communities have come together to create a new Rosh Hodesh group open to all Jewish women in Austin. This is a new opportunity for women to meet in a Jewish cultural milieu and enhance their knowledge, spiritual growth and creativity. Join us each month with this unique opportunity to study and celebrate together. Led by women clergy and lay leaders. Locations and dates will fluctuate. For more information, contact Ilene Gray at Meets in various locations in the Austin area.
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