Adult Education

We warmly welcome attendance to anyone interested in advancing their Jewish education, regardless of CAA membership. Program fees are waived for CAA’s Kol HaKavod Members (email shari.frank@caa-austin.org for more info). We offer weekly, monthly and quarterly classes.

CAA seeks to provide an inclusive, accessible, and affirming community for all our learners. If you need accommodations to participate in our programs, please inquire. Any questions?  Email shari.frank@caa-austin.org.

Note: All paid courses require a minimum of 5 participants in order to run.

This semester, we have divided the classes into categories. To view all classes in a particular category, please click on the appropriate button below.

Climate Awareness and Action

Follow-up information from our most recent program on May 1st, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:  Regarding the impact of our consumption on climate, the three most meaningful themes from the talk seemed to be:  1.  Buy less stuff!  2. Avoid “wish” cycling – get right material to right place (Lots of opportunities in Austin),  3. Invest in quality over quantity and/or products with environmentally-friendly packaging.

We are so grateful to our presenters, Bruce Spierer (Hazon) and Amy Moosman Boggan (Austin Resource Recovery).

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In addition, want to highlight a few other resources:

1.  The Story of Stuff  –  https://www.storyofstuff.org/ – Groundbreaking 2007 online documentary which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture. In the decade plus since the first film, award-winning animated movies have garnered more than 50 million online views around the world and encouraged viewers to support hundreds of environmental projects and campaigns with their time, energy and money.

2. Hazon’s Shmita Sourcebook –  https://hazon.org/resource/updated-shmita-sourcebook/ – The Hazon Shmita Sourcebook presents a guided exploration of the history, concepts, and practices of Shmita, from debt forgiveness to agricultural rest, economic adjustment to charitable giving.

3. The Art of Frugal Hedonism – https://www.frugalhedonism.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ArtOfFrugalHedonism2020preview-2.pdf

A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically.

4. Austin Zero Waste Lifestyle FB page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/austinzerowastelifestyle

5. Compost Bin Buddy Coordination  –  docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZoKAQP45LU02gC_HM9Qi0XGfHq0__p0iXX9Gn3PIAzFKe5g/viewform

Finally, our fourth and final event in this series will occur at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program, June 4-5th.  Stay tuned for more info!


Spring 2022 Adult Education: At a Glance

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