Ongoing Classes


Chag in the Home: Chag in the Home is a series of monthly classes geared towards parents of children ages 3-10 to learn how to observe Jewish holidays and traditions at home in a kid-friendly way. The discussion will be led by members of CAA’s Young Families Committee and will include ideas for crafts, activity sheets, Torah discussion, and children’s books. Light refreshments will be provided.  Classes are offered one Sunday per month in Social Hall A from 9:30 am—10:30am.

Coordinated by Jen Rubin. Classes are free and open to the entire community! Check back soon for more dates!



Talmud on Tuesdays: 12-1 p.m. with Rabbi Blumofe: Berachot-Blessings; A close look at selections from the Babylonian Talmud from the beginning. Focusing on key concepts from this opening book to the Talmud. Check back soon for more dates. Taught by Rabbi Blumofe. 


Downtown Study Group: will be meeting on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm at The Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, 78701.  Come and engage with facilitator Dr. Harvey Raben on the topic, “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor” – a book on the future of Palestinian-Jewish relation, in Israel through the eyes of Yosi Klein-Halevi. You are invited to bring snacks and a drink with you to class. Check back soon for more dates. Taught by Dr. Harvey Raben. 


Parenting as a Spiritual Practice with Rabbi Swedroe:  Can’t make CAA’s evening classes because of the kids’ bedtime?  Looking to connect with other parents?  Join Rabbi Swedroe one Tuesday a month from 12-1 pm in Room 147 as we explore the spirituality of parenting with Jewish texts, conversation and journaling.  This year, we’ll be reading “Nuture the Wow:  Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg as our guide; copies available for purchase through the synagogue.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  $5 babysitting available through the J.  Check back soon for more dates. Taught by Rabbi Swedroe.



Living Judaism: A Guide to Jewish Awareness and Practice with 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 beginning Wed, October 10 and will continue through May. Class is held in the Social Hall following minyan at 6:30 p.m.  Tuition is $150  ($200 per couple) plus books. Taught by Rabbi Blumofe.

For information on any of these classes or to register, please contact Jane Weiss at 512-735-8404 or





Friday Morning Learning with Rabbi Neil Blumofe: Join us for studies of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch—Blessings at 7:40 – 8:30 a.m.  (A donation is requested). Taught by Rabbi Blumofe. 



Shabbat Limud:  Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Shabbat mornings, congregants gather in the CAA Chapel to study Torah, verse by verse with Rashi commentary and lots of discussion. All are welcome to join!


Deep Dive into Prayer: Rabbi Gail Swedroe and Yaira Robinson lead interested learners in exploring prayer within the Shabbat morning service. The class will meet in the Chapel once a month at 9:40 a.m. All are welcome to join! Dates: 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11. Taught by Rabbi Swedroe & Yaira Robinson.


Shabbat Shmooze: Middle and High school students are invited to join monthly study with Rabbi Blumofe ,Rabbi Swedroe or Dr. Raben  as they explore current trends and traditional sources in understanding 21st century Jewish identity and practice. Students are encouraged to join in Shabbat services , the Kiddush lunch, or arrive in time for class at 1:15 PM-2:15. The class will meet in the Chapel . All are welcome, current or past CAARS students, AJA students or those interested in a good conversation of sharing and learning. No cost-it’s free.  The group will meet the second Shabbat of each month through May. For more information call Dr. Raben at 512-735-8422.


Hearts Of Hope Havurah  – Hearts Of Hope Havurah: 70 Faces Of Torah and Kabbalah. We begin with an illuminating shiur (class), followed by an enriching and engaging discussion of our subject matter. We provide an expansive Jewish learning experience for progressive Jewish adults, within a peaceful, harmonious and supportive environment. We are a place to deepen your relationship with Jewish spirituality, connect and belong. We meet in the AJA/CAARS education building on Saturday afternoons. For more information on joining us please contact me at