Ongoing Classes

Deep Dive into Prayer

The “Deep Dive into Prayer” is an opportunity for those learning the Shabbat morning service and desiring a deeper understanding of its structure and meaning to meet with Rabbi Gail Swedroe monthly at 9:40- 10:15AM in the CAA Chapel. People of all levels are welcome.

Living Mitzvah (Chai Mitzvah)

This fall Congregation Agudas Achim will join the national Jewish adult education movement known as Chai Mitzvah (Living Mitzvah) . Living Mitzvah spans the spectrum of Jewish practice and is for people of any background or level of Jewish knowledge. Living Mitzvah builds community, bringing people together across generations and /or similar ages and stages of life, such as empty nesters, Jews by Choice, early childhood parents. To learn more about the components of Living Mitzvah check out the web site at or contact Dr. Raben at 512-735-8420.

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 25th and will continue through May. Class begins with minyan at 6 pm in the Chapel.

Tuition is $150/person ($250/couple) plus books.

For information on either class or to register, contact Jane Weiss at 512-735-8404 or

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

If you’ve never had the opportunity to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a child of 13 for any number of reasons, this is the class for you. Studies will include Hebrew reading, key word understanding; Torah text study and preparation to lead the Shabbat Morning service and give divrei Torah. This learning process will take about 15 months and will offer you a chance to share your accomplishments with a community of people who also seek to become B’nai Mitzvah. $180 Tuition. Teachers: Lori Kline, Yaira Robinson and Chris Aguero.
Sundays 9:30 a.m. (Upstairs Library) Currently Ongoing

Hebrew on One Foot

A series of ten units, organized around readings from the first 11 chapters of Genesis (Bereshit). The emphasis will be on fundamental vocabulary and grammatical concepts of Biblical Hebrew. No previous acquaintance with the language beyond knowledge of the alphabet (and basic pronunciation skills) is required, but we will move fairly quickly and there should be much that more advanced students will find useful. Language materials will consist mostly of handouts, although a supplemental reference grammar may be suggested. No fee.
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ( History Room) Currently Ongoing

What Happened at Sinai (and in Moab)

A ten-session study of the two Torah traditions concerning the handing down of the law. We will be concentrating on texts from the latter part of Exodus and from Deuteronomy, supplemented by a few passages from Leviticus and Numbers. The longer-range goal is to explore Jewish notions of inspiration and revelation. Although supplementary readings may be suggested, participants will need no textbook other than a Chumash. No fee.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (small Conference Room) Currently Ongoing

Beginner’s Hebrew

Ivrit l’matchilim is a basic Hebrew language program for adults taught by Iris Kohn-Wiener, a native Israeli. By the end of the course you will be able to recognize and decode the letters and vowels of the Hebrew aleph-bet, learn how to read and write Hebrew, as well as having a deeper look at some of the Hebrew words. At this course you will explore the prayers in the siddur (prayer book) and learn the deeper meaning of some of our tradition’s most famous prayers. Wednesdays beginning October 25th. Fee: $52 for 8 sessions.
Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (History Room) Currently Ongoing

Downtown Study Group

Downtown Study Group is held from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and will meet at the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe St. 78701). Remaining Dates for this year are 12/19, 1/23, 2/27, 3/27 & 4/24

Online Learning

To help all become more knowledgeable about their traditions and to increase their participation in Jewish life, Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe has recorded prayers, blessings, Torah cantillation and sacred readings. Visit our Online Learning page by clicking here.