5780 Adult Education Classes

CAA is thrilled to offer a variety of Adult Education classes. Please see a list of our classes below. You can also click here to view our Adult Education brochure.

Sundays

 

Tolerance and Intolerance in the Tanakh

Rabbinic Judaism has a long tradition of tolerance and peaceful coexistence with regard to other cultures and beliefs. At the same time, it cannot be denied that the Tanakh, while offering some support for such a point of view, also contains passages which strongly challenge it. In this class, we will study eight passages, ranging from Genesis to Jonah, in order to determine what light they can shed on this frequently perplexing issue.

Instructor: Mark Long

Time: Sundays, 9:30 a.m – 10:50 a.m.

Dates: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5

Location: CAA History Room

Fee: No charge. Optional donation appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

Decoding the Siddur

Back by popular demand! Ever get lost in the flow of a service? Want to better understand the choreography – why we sit, stand and bend when we do? Want to be able to to figure out what prayer we’re on and what we’re singing? Learn why certain prayers were chosen for our services? The goal of this course is to help you get more meaning from your prayer experience.

Instructor: Davida Charney

Time: Sundays, 9:30 a.m – 10:50 a.m.

Dates: 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

Location: CAA Social Hall A

Fee: No charge. Optional donation appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

If you didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah as a child, or your Jewish journey began after the age of 13, perhaps you’ve decided that now is the time. This Adult B’nai Mitzvah preparation class commenced in November, with an expected completion date in the spring of 2021.

Instructor: Matt Levitt

Time: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Date: Class begins November 3

Location: CAA Education Building Library

Investment: $360 (payment can be made in installments if needed) + cost of 2 books

This class is currently full. To be contacted when the next cohort begins, please contact Teresa Lavender at teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org

 

Hebrew Reading Crash Course – Level I

(Continuing from Fall)

This introductory course is designed for those with little or no background in Hebrew and concentrates on the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading skills. FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS.

Instructor: Davida Charney & Cynthia Winer

Time: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Dates:  1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16

Location: CAA Social Hall A

Fee: No charge. Donations appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

Hebrew Reading Crash Course – Level II

Together we will build basic Hebrew vocabulary and reading skills. Developed by the National Jewish Outreach Program, this course helps participants begin to read Hebrew.

Instructor: Davida Charney & Cynthia Winer

Time: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Dates:  4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17

Location: CAA Social Hall A

Fee: No charge. Donations appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

V’Ahavta: Caring for our Community Training & Learning Sessions (8-week series)

Join Rabbi Swedroe and guest teachers from our community for this eight-week series on how to visit those who are ill, recovering from surgery, home-bound, have welcomed a new baby, or might just appreciate a welcome visit. As we seek to strengthen the efforts of our Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) and Yad Ezra (helping hand) volunteers, each week will feature an exploration of Jewish texts, questions and reflections offered as part of a curriculum designed by the Center for Pastoral Education as the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Participants will explore why this is a Jewish value, what they might experience at a visit, how to be a good visitor, family systems theory, appropriate boundaries, and the importance of self-care.

Instructor: Rabbi Gail Swedroe, Rabbi Kate Cook, Haggai Eshed,  Mike Hurewitz, Danielle Kaplan, Kim Schocket, Elissa Shapiro & Brooke Hersh-Thompson

Time: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dates:  2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19

Location: CAA Chapel

Fee: No charge. Donations appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

Beit Midrash Talmud Study

If you have wanted to dip your toe into the Sea of Talmud, this weekly class is for you. Students explore selected texts in large group and in pairs with guided questions. These will be an opportunity for participants to experience a small slice of the the 7.5 year cycle of Daf Yomi (daily Talmud study). It is fun, relaxed and the content is anything but ordinary.

Each session stands alone, and learners of all levels are welcome. Facilitated by Dr. Harvey Raben, CAA Director Emeritus of Congregational Learning.

Instructors: Various

Time: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Dates: 1/12 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26

Location: CAA Small Conference Room

Fee: No charge. Donations appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Dr. Harvey Raben at harvey.raben@gmail.com.


Tuesdays

Modern Hebrew – Advanced/Gimel Level

Gimel-level students will use contemporary Israeli poetry and literature to deepen Hebrew language skills, in addition to expanding skills in reading writing and conversation. This fun, engaging class will also incorporate contemporary media such as podcasts, video, music and modern texts.

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28

Location: CAA History Room

Investment: $120, including books and materials

Please click here to register! Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender at teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org.

 

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

Can’t make CAA’s evening classes because of the kids’ bedtime? Looking to connect with other parents? Join Rabbi Swedroe as we explore the spirituality of parenting with Jewish texts, conversation, and journaling. This year, we’ll be reading from Wendy Mogel’s book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Timeless Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. Feel free to bring your lunch. No need to have read the book. Each class stands alone. Babysitting available for $10 at Shalom Austin.

Instructor: Rabbi Gail Swedroe

Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dates:  2/11, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12

Location: CAA Education Building, Room 147

Fee: No charge. Optional donation appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender (teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org).

 

Downtown Study Group

Come and join a thriving monthly discussion with facilitator Dr. Harvey Raben. We will continue to explore the enigmatic David in the first classes of the semester using Rabbi David Wolpe’s text, David: The Divided Heart, and the book of Samuel. Then, we will select a new text to study. All are welcome. Bring your lunch!

Instructor: Dr. Harvey Raben, CAA Director Emeritus of Congregational Learning

Time: Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dates: 1/21, 2/18, 3/24, 4/21, 5/19

Location: Austin History Center; 810 Guadalupe St.

Fee: No charge. Optional donations appreciated.

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact harvey.raben@caa-austin.org

 

Modern Hebrew – Intermediate/Bet Level

Bet-level students will expand Hebrew vocabulary, reading, writing, and level-based conversation skills, as well as orient to Hebrew slang and Israeli culture. This dynamic class also incorporates contemporary media such as podcasts, video, music, and modern texts.

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Time: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Dates: 1/15, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28

Location: CAA History Room

Investment: $120, including books and materials

Please click here to register! Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender at teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org.

 


Wednesdays

 

Modern Hebrew – Beginner/Aleph Level

Take a break and immerse in Hebrew learning. Aleph-level students will build Hebrew vocabulary, level-based conversation, and reading and writing skills. The class also includes exposure to Hebrew slang and Israeli culture, contemporary media, podcasts, video, music, and modern texts. FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS. 

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/22, 4/29

Location: CAA History Room

Investment: $96, including books and materials

Please click here to register! Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender at teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org.

 

Living Judaism: A Guide to Jewish Awareness and Practice

Join Rabbi Blumofe for this dynamic class, which will introduce or refresh many areas of Judaism and Jewish life, including history, holidays, life-cycle events, philosophy, theology, and Israel. This class is for anyone who wishes to learn more about Judaism, including those who are Jewish and those who are not.

Instructor: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (following minyan at 6:00 p.m.)

Dates: September 4 – April 22 (No class: 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15)

Location: CAA Social Hall

Investment: $150 ($200/couple) + books

For more information or to register, please contact Jane Weiss at 512-735-8404 or jane.weiss@caa-austin.org.


Thursdays

 

Mahjong for Beginners

All skill levels are welcome! Each player will need to have a current card. If you have a Mahj set, bring it. If not, don’t worry!

Instructors: CAA Sisterhood Members

Time: Every other Thursday, 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.

Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/14, 5/28

Location: CAA Social Hall

To register, please click here. Questions? Contact Ellen Singer at elleville00@gmail.com


Fridays

 

Friday Morning Learning

Following Shachrit minyan, please join us for study of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch—Blessings.

Instructor: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Time: Fridays, 7:40 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., following minyan

Location: CAA Chapel

Fee: No charge. Donations optional to cover food costs.

 

 

Modern Hebrew – Beginner/Aleph Level

Take a break and immerse in Hebrew learning. Aleph-level students will build Hebrew vocabulary, level-based conversation, and reading and writing skills. The class also includes exposure to Hebrew slang and Israeli culture, contemporary media, podcasts, video, music, and modern texts. FOR NEW STUDENTS. 

Instructor: Sharon de Koning Kessel

Time: Fridays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24

Location: CAA History Room

Investment: $120, including books and materials

Please click here to register! Questions? Contact Teresa Lavender at teresa.lavender@caa-austin.org.


Saturdays/Shabbat

 

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. Led by Rabbi Blumofe. All are welcome to join!

 

Deep Dive into Prayer: Interested learners are led through a deep exploration of prayer within the Shabbat morning service. All are welcome to join!

Facilitators: Rabbi Gail Swedroe and Yaira Robinson

Time: Saturdays, 9:40 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Dates: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9

Location: CAA Chapel

 

Hebrew Through Torah

Hebrew Through Torah continues! It is now at the appropriate level for people who can sound out Hebrew words and have basic vocabulary. This is an informal, organic approach to the Hebrew language using verses from the weekly Parsha an snippets of the Siddur. We’ll explore the connection between Hebrew words that may look very different from each other, as well as with related words in other languages. expect to learn interesting connections between Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish, English, Spanish and more. Class will be conducted in a Shomer Shabbos fashion.

Instructor: Gail Tosto

Time: Saturdays, 1:15 p.m – 2:15 p.m.

Dates: Every Shabbat

Location: CAA History Room

Fee: No charge. Optional donations appreciated outside of Shabbat.

For more information, please contact Gail Tosto at gailtosto@gmail.com.

To register, please click here.