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We warmly welcome attendance by anyone interested in advancing their Jewish education, regardless of CAA membership. Program fees are waived for CAA’s Kol HaKavod and Sustaining Members. 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 cameron.nudleman@caa-austin.org.

Please click on the class heading to register.

**Please note, all classes with an investment of $36 or more, will require a minimum of 4 participants registered by September 19th.**

Zoom links provided with registration.

Weekly

Sunday

We are building our new class of Adult B’nei Mitzvah learners!  Classes begin Sunday, October 3rd with an expected completion in Spring 2023. Prospective students can be from all levels of Jewish learning and backgrounds and should be a member of CAA.

Our most recent class was a shining example of celebrating a higher level of commitment to Jewish learning and living. Matthew Levitt is returning as the class instructor and guide through the process.

Class size will be limited to 12 students. Investment for the 18 months of study is $360.  For more information about the class, contact Matt at matthew.levitt@park.edu.

Instructor: Mark Long

Description:  The Tanakh provides more detailed biographical information concerning King David than it does for any other Biblical figure, including Moses and the Patriarchs.  Nonetheless, the legend of David has largely eclipsed the human being. Contemporary scholar Baruch Halpern has attempted a detailed, often adversarial re-examination of David’s personality in his study “David’s Secret Demons.”  We will study selected portions of this work in conjunction with relevant passages from I-II Samuel, I Kings, and the Book of Psalms.  In some cases, we will examine a few verses in the original Hebrew, but translations will always be provided and no previous knowledge of the language is required.

Time: Sundays, 9:30–10:50am 

Dates: Oct 3-Dec 12, (No class- 11/21, 11/28)

Online

Investment: Donation suggested.

Instructors: Davida Charney and Cynthia Winer

Description: Students will continue to draw from the Shabbat and Festival prayerbooks to gain facility with the Hebrew language.  Students will strengthen their ability to read prayers, gain more vocabulary, and begin learning Hebrew grammar.  New students are welcome; however, some facility with basic Hebrew reading is a prerequisite.

Time: Sundays, 11:00-12:20pm 

Dates: Oct 3-Dec 12, (No class: 11/21, 11/28)

Online

Investment: Donation suggested

Instructor: Dr. Harvey Raben

Description: Beit Midrash students will explore and study selections from Seder Moed (Talmudic material discussing Jewish festivals) and will include both information as to how festivals were/are to be celebrated as well as interesting rabbinic stories and tangents. Students will gain an appreciation of the Talmudic system of questioning and a deeper understanding of traditional Jewish learning. We will continue to follow the general rhythm of Daf-Yomi  (a world-wide practice of studying one page of Talmud per day) by highlighting the “best” of that week’s scheduled learning. Be part of a larger movement of Jewish learning! No prior background necessary, texts studied primarily in English.

Time: 11am-12:30pm 

Dates: 10/3- 12/18 (No class: 11/21, 11/28)

Online

Investment: Donation suggested

Monday

Instructors: Stacey Glazer & Wendy Tomlinson

Calling all writers and creative spirits!   This experience will bring together veteran and emerging writers and poets using their talents to explore Jewish themes. The group will meet every other week to discuss and share their work in a safe and supportive space. At the end of the semester, there will be an optional open-mic event where participants will be warmly invited to share their work with the community.

Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm 

Dates: (Every other Monday) Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13

Online

Investment: Donation suggested

*New students welcomed upon conversation with instructor to confirm level.

Instructor: Sharon De Koning Kessel

Description: Students will expand fluency through conversation. Each class will focus on a different topic and will be focused primarily on conversing in Hebrew around specific topics. Contemporary media, as well as Israeli poetry and literature, will be integrated.  Each class session will be followed by a custom newsletter summarizing the material covered, with links to resources, and suggested practice tasks.

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Class Dates:   October 4-December 13 (no class: November 22)

Online

Investment: $120 + cost of any texts

Tuesday

Instructor: Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe

Join us every Tuesday afternoon at noon (Central) for an enlivening conversation exploring the riches of our Jewish textual tradition.  All backgrounds welcome.  Texts provided (online).  Add your voice to our rabbinic discussion with joy and steady guidance.  

Time: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm 

Dates: Oct 5-Dec 14 (No class Nov 22)

OnlineNo Pre-Registration

Investment: Donation suggested

NEW COURSE!

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Description: In this course we will learn the grammar basics of the language, read short texts, listen to recorded songs and dialogues, speak with one another, write, and even watch movies. Prerequisite: Ability to read and recognize Hebrew letters (comprehension not required). Practice material will be sent to participants in advance.

Course / Module aims: Learning the basics of grammar of the modern Yiddish language. Acquiring basic vocabulary and learning how to use the dictionary. Developing reading skills. Familiarity with the diverse culture created in Yiddish.

Time: 4-5:30pm

Dates: Oct 5-Dec 14 (No class Nov 22)

Online

Investment: $120

Wednesday

*Please note this is the same class that is taught on Shabbat morning

Instructor:   Gail Tosto

Description: Are you able to sound out Hebrew words but wish you knew what you were saying? Join us for an informal, organic introduction to the Hebrew language using verses from the weekly Parsha and snippets of the siddur as study texts. We’ll explore how words that look and sound very different are actually related. We’ll build upon the knowledge of Hebrew you already have, whether you know it or not! Expect the instructor to interject fun and surprising facts about language in general and about Hebrew’s interconnections with Arabic, Yiddish, English, Spanish, and more. 

Time: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Class Dates:   October 6-December 15 (no class: November 24)

Online

Investment: Donation Suggested

*New students welcomed upon conversation with instructor to confirm level.

Instructor:   Sharon DeKoning Kessel

Description: Class will expand Hebrew literacy and conversation skills in a fun, dynamic way. Contemporary media as well as Israeli culture and slang will also be incorporated into the learning experience. Each class session will be followed by a custom newsletter summarizing the material covered, with links to resources, and suggested practice tasks.

Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

Class Dates:   October 6-December 15 (no class: November 24)

Online

Investment: $120 + cost of the text

Students to purchase texts individually:

1.       Hebrew: A Language Course Level 2  by Ora Band

2.      Oxford Dictionary: English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English (Hebrew Edition)

*New students welcomed upon conversation with instructor to confirm level.

Instructor:   Sharon DeKoning Kessel

Description: Students will deepen Hebrew fluency through expanding skills in reading, writing, and conversation. Contemporary Israeli poetry, literature, and media will also be incorporated into the learning experience. Each class session will be followed by a custom newsletter summarizing the material covered, with links to resources, and suggested practice tasks.

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

Class Dates:   October 6-December 15 (no class: November 24)

Online

Investment: $120 + cost of the text

Students to purchase texts individually:

1.       Hebrew: A Language Course, Level 3 (English and Hebrew Edition) by Ora Band

2.       Oxford Dictionary: English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English (Hebrew Edition)

Instructor: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Join Rabbi Blumofe for this dynamic class which will introduce or refresh many areas of  Judaism and Jewish life including history, holidays, lifecycle events, philosophy, theology and Israel. This class is for Jews and non-Jews. Class is held 3-4 times per month and will continue through May and is a course for anyone interested in learning more about Judaism — theological, practical, historical, liturgical, etc.  Everyone is welcome to be a part of this class — those looking to choose Judaism, those who would like a refresher, interfaith, and all who are curious.

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm 

Dates: Oct 6-May 4 (no class: November 24, December 22, December 29, January 5, March 16)

Online

Investment: $180 ($240/couple) + books

NEW COURSE!

Instructor: Aaric Eisenstein

Description: Inspired by the Shavuot learning session, we’ll begin by studying and discussing The Avian Rebbe’s weekly drashot – reflections on that week’s Torah portion as gleaned through CAA Family Member Aaric Eisenstein’s photography of birds. This will be an interactive dive into both the substance and the process of how they come together. Towards the end of the series, students will be encouraged to find their own approach to experiencing Torah out in the world: through writing, dance, painting, etc. We all have our own lens, and we’ll work together as a class to find one(s) through which to explore. Zero prior knowledge required. Brief readings of the upcoming week’s Torah portion will be assigned each week.

Time: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm

Class Dates:   October 6-December 15 (no class: November 24)

Online

Investment: $36

Thursday

Instructor: Rabbi Gail Swedroe

Description: What a year and a half it has been! This 6-week cohort will give participants a renewed sense of community and opportunity to reflect on how to parent with intentionality. Give yourself the gift of friendship, adult conversations, personal learning so that you can bring your best self forward when engaged in the sacred act of parenting. 

This curriculum, published by Hebrew College, will focus on Judaism in our homes with an eye towards:

*Joyful Jewish parenting

*Infusing our lives with meaning

* Finding peace in our homes

*Reconnecting and recharging

*Parenting at a time of loss

*Parenting for kindness

Participants will engage with relevant and accessible Jewish texts, be empowered with parenting strategies and approaches derived from both Jewish and secular sources, participate in rich and important conversations sharing their own experiences and insights on parenting, connect with other parents and to enjoy the benefits of community. 

Participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 6 week series as each session builds upon itself and we are seeking to build intentional community. 

Time: 12-1pm 

Dates: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11

Online

Investment: $18 per parenting team (whether the team consist of 1 or more adults)

Instructor:   Bobbie Nehman

Description: Enhance your week with Shalom through meditative, body-mind awareness movement.  This approach lowers stress and increases energy.  We will explore the following questions:  How can I move in a way that feels easier and freer?   What can allow me to experience the flow of life in a more positive way?  We learn to recall and re-experience helpful ways to move in our daily life that foster greater peace.

Wear comfortable clothes and bring your curiosity.

Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Dates: Oct 7 – Dec 16 (No class: Oct 15 and Nov 25)

Online

Investment: $36

Friday

Instructor: Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe

Description: After our morning minyan (8:00-8:30 am), get some quick learning from our tradition.  Each week, we dive into various commentaries on the weekly Torah portion as we start our day.  All are welcome.

Time: 8:30-9:00 am

Dates: Oct 8-Dec 17 (no class on Nov 26)

Online – No Pre-Registration

Investment: Donation Suggested

NEW COURSE!

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Description: This class give participants an opportunity to explore and understand Jewish art both for its own uniqueness as well as an expression of Jewish identity. How do we reconcile the second commandment’s prohibition of making images with the richness of Jewish visual art? We will explore different and diverse expressions of Jewish art, while emphasizing the mutual relationship and impact between it and the culture in which it was created.

Time: 12-1pm

Dates: Oct 8-Dec 17 (no class on Nov 26)

Online

Investment: $72

Saturday

*Please note this is the same class that is taught on Wednesday afternoons

Instructor:   Gail Tosto

Description: Are you able to sound out Hebrew words but wish you knew what you were saying? Join us for an informal, organic introduction to the Hebrew language using verses from the weekly Parsha and snippets of the siddur as study texts. We’ll explore how words that look and sound very different are actually related. We’ll build upon the knowledge of Hebrew you already have, whether you know it or not! Expect the instructor to interject fun and surprising facts about language in general and about Hebrew’s interconnections with Arabic, Yiddish, English, Spanish, and more. 

Time: Saturdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Class Dates:   October 9-December 18 (no class: November 27)

Online

Investment: Donation Suggested

Monthly

Instructor: Dr. Harvey Raben

Description: Join us as we learn from Simi Peter’s book: Learning to Read Midrash. What is Midrash and how do we understand it as we interpret Biblical text? We will explore 2 genres of Midrash, the parable and the Midrashic story. This will give us a framework of interpretation as we encounter Biblical text. 

Time: Thursdays 12-1pm

Dates: October 21, November 18; and December 16

Quarterly

Description: Join your CAA friends for a quarterly (with a special summer bonus edition!) discussion of fiction and non-fiction books. Book selections feature both new and distinguished Jewish authors and cover a variety of Jewish themes. Look for the book listings and specific dates at www.theaustinsynagogue.org/bookclub. Please email jennifer.rubin@caa-austin.org with book suggestions. October’s selection will be shared before the High Holy Days.

Registration available soon!

Dates: October 28, 2021; January 6, 2022

The next Cooking in Community session will meet on November 2nd. Check back soon for more updates!

Registration available soon!