Adult Jewish Learning | Shalom Austin



Shalom Austin Adult Jewish Learning (AJL) is a series of high-quality Jewish learning opportunities that provide experiences for individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs.

All classes take place from 7-8:30 PM at the Dell JCC. Register for all five classes for $72 or individual classes for $18/class.

Spring Semester: Tough Topics & Conversations


Tough Topics & Conversations

Rabbi Dr. Eleanor Steinman (photo by David Finkel Photography)

January 22 | Rabbi Gail Swedroe

Personal Theology 

Is there a “Jewish” way of understanding God? Can I be Jewish if I’m not sure whether or not God exists? We’ll explore several different ways we might encounter God so that participants can begin to create or deepen their own personal theology and relationship with the Divine.

January 29 | Rabbi Ellie Steinman

From the Whirlwind: Searching for God When Life is Hard 

Together we’ll explore the Book of Job, the Hebrew Bible’s book about life’s most difficult moments and see how, if at all, the wisdom might be applied to our experiences. 

Rabbi Rebecca Reice

February 5 | Rabbi Dan Miller

Jewish Perspectives on Hell

Does Judaism believe in hell? If so, what is hell? Who goes? Who’s spared? How does the Jewish view differ from the views of other faiths? Where does this concept come from? Did modernity impact it? In this class, we will cover the views of numerous Jewish thinkers and texts in order to answer the question, “does Judaism believe in hell?”

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February 12 | Rabbi Will Hall

Jewish Life Today: What Modern Trends and Demography Can Tell Us About Serving Today’s Jews

Just as we study Jewish texts, we can also study Jewish people. Together we’ll take a look at several current trends and outlooks in Jewish life through recent journals, demographics, and articles.

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February 19 | Rabbi Kelly Levy

Marriage is What Brings Us Together Today

Come explore the topic of marriage, including the marriage between two Jews and the marriage of a Jew to a non-Jew. Why do some branches of Judaism allow these marriages, and some don’t? We will take a deeper look at the evolving Jewish community and why marriages between Jews and non-Jews matter. 

Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director