Jewish Culture & Education
Fall 2017

JCC Austin represents an aspect of the Jewish community, which our members define in very personal ways.  Below, you will find new cultural classes as a part of our Adult Programs and Classes division. If you have questions or would like additional information about any of our Jewish Culture & Education programs, please contact Shelly Prant at (512) 735-8086.

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History L'Chaim!                               Adults

Are you interested in and passionate about Jewish history? We're looking for adults who can be occasionally available during daytime hours to work with fourth graders as history sleuths, helping students learn about Texas Jewish history. Students will be researching the Jewish people and Jewish places that help tell the story of the great state of Texas, and these adult volunteers will be part cheerleader, part helper/guide, always encouraging the students to find the 'why'! This new program is in cooperation with the Texas Jewish Historical Society.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org

Varies I  Free of Charge I  JE4130F17

Texas Jewish History Talks                                       Adults

One Wednesday evening each month, come to the JCC for a free lecture to learn about the rich and vibrant history of Jews and Jewish communities in Texas, featuring a different scholar or author each evening. Co-sponsored by the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Coffee and conversation after each lecture. RSVPs appreciated. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC community hall stage.

W I 7 - 8:30 PM I 9/6, 10/25, 12/6 I 1x mo I Free of Charge I  JE4131F17

Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Part 1                                       Adults

Part 1: A Year of Values: Exploring Values Through The Jewish Holidays
This 10 week Melton course provides the learning, language and confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home through the structure of the major Jewish holidays and celebrations. The course also provides meaningful connections to PJ Library books and Shalom Sesame videos to incorporate at home with your family. Class will be led by Rabbi Rebecca Epstein  For more information, contact Shelly Prant at 512-735-8004 or shelly.prant@shalomaustin.org.  Meets in Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Drive. Drop in for $10 members/$12 non-members!

M I 8:30 - 9:30 AM I 9/11/17 - 11/20/17 I 10x I $80m, CBI, and Melton Grads/$100nm I  JE4133F17

Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Part 2                                       Adults

Part 2: Day to Day Values: Exploring Values For Everyday Family LIving

This 8-session Melton course provides more learning, language, and confidence to be a teacher of your own children and support Jewish learning at home through the lens of core Jewish Values. You may take this class stand-alone, concurrent with Part 1, or as a continuation of your studies if you already completed Part 1. Class meets once a month from Oct. - May at Temple Beth Shalom, led by Rabbi Amy Cohen.

Sun I 9:30 - 10:45 AM I 10/22/17 - 5/6/18 I 8x; 10/22, 11/12, 12/10, 1/7, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22,  5/6

$80m, CBI, and Melton Grads/$100nm I  JE4134F17

The Star and The Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism & Islam               Adults

Jews and Muslims have co-existed, at times peacefully at times contentiously, for more than a millennium. And although there were moments of strife, during the first 1000 years after the founding of Islam it was actually better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than a Christian one. This Melton Scholars course explores the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims. Come broaden your understanding and challenge your assumptions at a time in our own era when tensions are high in the Middle East, Europe, around the world and here at home. Class will be taught by Rabbi Alan Freedman with occasional guest instructors.   For more information, contact Shelly Prant at 512-735-8004 or shelly.prant@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Temple Beth Shalom, 7300 Hart Lane.

Tu I 7 - 8:15 PM I 9/12/17 - 11/14/17 I 10x I$150m & Melton Grads/$175nm  I  JE5133F17

Modern Israeli Poetry                                Adults

From the creation of the state of Israel to today, this course will explore the poets and poetry of Israel. Each week will focus on a different decade. Ability to read Hebrew is not necessary to take this class, and fee includes reading materials for the course. Instructor is David Hazan.  For more information, contact Shelly Prant at 512-735-8004 or shelly.prant@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Austin Jewish Academy Classroom #222.

W I 7 - 8:15 PM I 10/18/17 - 12/13/17 (no class 11/22) I 9x I $120m & Melton Grads/$135nm I  JE5132F17

BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended                                  Adults

This Melton Scholars course surveys the dramatic events of the fourth book of the Torah, BeMidbar (Numbers) through analysis of biblical texts, artwork, and related commentaries old and new. Course will consider the Torah's view of leadership, rebellion and societal change and reflect on how those views can guide us today for the challenges of the present and the future.  For more information, contact Shelly Prant at 512-735-8004 or shelly.prant@shalomaustin.org.  Meets in Congregation Beth Israel board room.

M I 12:30 - 1:45 PM I 1/8/18-3/19/18 I 10x I $125m & Melton Grads/$150nm  I  JE5135F17

The Holocaust As Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs                                    Adults

In this Melton Scholars course, students will explore the profound record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered in the years since the Holocaust, including some lesser known, and gain remarkable insights into the struggle for life as both young and old writers describe day-to-day life coping in the ghettos, imprisoned in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives.

For more information, contact Shelly Prant at 512-735-8004 or shelly.prant@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Congregation Agudas Achim History Room. Member price is also for JCC members and Melton graduates.

W I 4:30 - 5:45 PM I 1/24/2017 I 10x I $125m & Melton Grads/$150nm  I  JE5134F17

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