Adult Learning


The Jewish Learning Project (JLP) is Congregation Beth Yeshurun's Adult Learning Program. Our JLP sessions offer a variety of spiritual, intellectual, and stimulating topics for you to choose from. Sessions are held mostly on Sunday mornings and are open to the public and free of charge. (Some classes may have materials fees.) Sunday classes will be held through December at the ERJCC. For information contact Lisa Unsell, or call at 713-666-1881


Fall 2017 Class Schedule

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UnOrthodox Jewish Belief Part II with Rabbi Steven Morgen (7-8:30pm: Beginning February 2018)

A Jewish-Christian Dialog with Rabbi Steven Morgen & Prof. Matthias Henze (7:00-8:30pm: Jan. 11, 18, 25) 



Invitation to Judaism for Adults with Rabbi Steve Morgen (9-10am: year long class)
Beyond the Aleph Bet Hebrew with Cantor Diane Dorf (9-10am: year long class)

Students will learn simple conversational Hebrew appropriate for tourists to Israel, as well as core vocabulary for basic Hebrew prayers. This class is especially for people who already know the Hebrew alphabet. The textbooks include the Hebrew University beginning Hebrew ulpan book (!), and a book especially designed for learning the meaning and vocabulary of our prayers. 



Pirkei Avot - Jewish Wisdom from the Past Made Relevant for Today with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10-11am: year long class)

Our Sages of 2,000 years ago lived at a time of great social upheaval. Greek philosophy had become part of the culture of most of the world. In the wake of the destruction of the Temple, the Jewish world was dealing with crises of faith and morality. Pirkei Avot is a collection of jewels of wisdom from our Sages of that time. Rabbi Horwitz will lead a discussion that will demonstrate their relevance for us today.

Begining Hebrew for Adults with Cantor Diane Dorf (10-11am: year long class)

Learn to read Hebrew and to recognize essential prayer vocabulary.  No prior knowledge is necessary. The textbook is Shalom Hebrew Primer, and can be purchased from Beth Yeshurun for $13.00. This course is open to everyone but is a requirement for Introduction to Judaism students. This is a year-long course. 

Understanding Genesis with Dr. Nahum Footnick (10-11am: year long class)

An ongoing class dedicated to learning valuable lessons from the Torah verse by verse.    



Where Heaven meets Earth - An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (11am - Noon: year long class)

Jewish mystics throughout the centuries yearned to come ever closer to our Creator, to penetrate the great mysteries of our world and the meaning of our existence. Using Rabbi Horwitz’s engaging new book, he will explore the various methods and opinions that the mystics uncovered in their quest for Ultimate Truth. Highly recommended to buy Rabbi Horwitz’s book: A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader (JPS, 2016).

Pirkei Avot [class taught in Spanish] with Rabbi Diana R. Siegel (11am - Noon: Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17)

En esta clase vamos a analizar en profundidad las enseñanzas éticas y morales, espirituales y prácticas de nuestros Sabios del Período de la Mishná. Nuestras discusiones interactivas y los comentarios clásicos y contemporáneos nos ayudarán a reconocer la intemporalidad y la relevancia de esta influyente y significativa compilación de máximas. In this class we will analyze in depth the ethical and moral, spiritual and practical teachings of our Sages in the Mishna Period. Our interactive discussions and classical and contemporary commentaries will help us recognize the timelessness and relevance of this influential and meaningful compilation of maxims


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