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.)  For information contact Lisa Unsell, or call at 713-666-1881


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A Jewish-Christian Dialog with Rabbi Steven Morgen & Prof. Matthias Henze Videos



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. 



Begining Hebrew for Adults with Cantor Diane Dorf (10:00-11:00am: 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. 

Book of Genesis with Dr. Nahum Footnick (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)

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

Five Jewish Spiritual Figures with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4)

Learn about some of the most inspiring teachers in Jewish spirituality, the challenges they faced, and how they impacted their followers and others. Meet Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, Nachman of Bratslav, Menachem Mendel Morgenstern (the Kotzker Rebbe), Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the seventh Chabad rebbe).

Five Types of Rabbinic Literature with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: November 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16)

What do we mean when we refer to different kinds of Jewish teachings? Learn what we mean by Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Responsa, and Codes.

Insights in Jewish Prayer with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019: January 6, 13, 20; February 10)

In-depth study of key prayers you know: Kiddush and Havdalah, the Torah service, Eyn Keloheinu and Aleinu, and early morning blessings (Birkot Hashahar).

Three More Jewish Spiritual Figures in Jewish Spiritual Life with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019: February 24; March 3, 10)

Learn about the Maharal of Prague, Isaac Luria (the Ari), and the Ba’al Shem Tov (founder of Chassidism).

Houston Jewish Funerals Lecture Series various special guests speakers (10:00am-11:00am: Dates TBA)

Houston Jewish Funerals is proud to sponsort this 8-week series. Our focus will be to provide education by professionals on various topics to include; Elder law issues, Pre-planning guidance, Spirituality, Hospice and several other topics. 

Women and War in Israeli Culture with Melisa Weininger  (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)
Israeli Poetry and Politics with Melisa Weininger  (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)
Deborah, Delilah, and Beyond: Women in the Book of Judges with Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (10:00-11:00am: Spring 2019: February 24; March 3)
Exploring the Beth Yeshurun Collection with Dr. Joshua Furman (10:00-11:00am: Spring 2019: April 28; May 5)


From Moses to Moses: Maimonides, the Greatest Jewish Thinker with Rabbi Danny Horwitz  (11:00am-12:00pm: October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4)

This class will discuss: (1) an overview of his life and work, (2) his 13 principles of faith, (3) his struggle to teach the law, (4) his philosophical teachings, and (5) his personal challenges

Five Great Jewish Concepts with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (11:00am-12:00pm: November 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16)

Learn some of the great ideas which formed Jewish hearts and attitudes: Yirah (fear or awe), Kiddush ha-Shem (sanctifying God’s Name), Neshamah (the soul), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and Derekh Eretz (proper behavior).

Rebuilding Judaism after Destruction with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019:January 6, 13, 20; February 10, 24; March 3, 10)

The formative period of Jewish tradition as we know it today occurred in the centuries immediately following the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE. Pirkei Avot – “Chapters of the Fathers” is a collection of wisdom statements by the rabbis of this period – whom we might very call the “Founding Fathers” of Judaism. Chapter Three of Pirkei Avot especially focusses on the period of rebuilding Jewish life in the aftermath of the destruction. This class will examine the wisdom of the Sages in that historical context. 

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