Wednesday Morning Talmud Study 
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 AM, at CBI

Plunge into the depths of wisdom found in the Talmud with Rabbi Rose.  What could be a better way to start your Wednesday!  Talmud talmidim(students) learn from the new Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud, Tractate Berakhot.  No Talmud experience required.  Extra copies of necessary materials are provided each session; once you become a devotee, you can purchase a digital copy of the text here: or a hard copy here:  

Free; open to members and non-members

Monthly Jewish Mindfulness Practice Group
Thursdays 12-1:15pm
Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 6, May 11

Intended for those who already have a meditation or other, regular mindfulness practice, this monthly check-in group will offer community, support and shared Jewish mindfulness teaching to help support those practices. Members of last year’s Jewish Mindfulness Class, regular attendees at the Weekday Meditation Service and participants in our Thursday Night Meditation Group are all welcome and eligible to attend. Other interested individuals should contact Rabbi Folberg directly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Awake, Loving & Present: A Jewish Mindfulness Workshop
Tuesdays 12-1:30pm, Jan 10,17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 21, 28

Kindness, awareness, and intention: Judaism offers many teachings and practices to help us live our lives with greater authenticity and wisdom. Rabbi Folberg is delighted to be offering this 8 session, lunch hour class, incorporating text study, meditation practice and individual work outside of class. No prerequisites, but participants are asked to commit to all 8 sessions prior to registering. 

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Doing Jewish 101 
Sundays, 9-10am, Sept 18, Oct 30, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 29, Feb 12, Mar 26, Apr 23

Calling all beginners!  A series for those who would like to become comfortable doing foundational Jewish rituals - because they became Jewish later in life, because they grew up Jewish but not doing rituals, or for any other reason.  Come to any one class, or all of them!  Join our rabbis, teachers, and Sisterhood members in hands-on basic practice of rituals and traditions.  


Sept 18 – Jewish Bedtime Rituals
Oct 30 – Shabbat Dinner
Nov 13 – Chanukkah
Dec 11 – Torah Study at home, with scholar-in-residence Matt Bar of Bible Raps
Jan 29 – Gratitude for Food
Feb 12 – Shabbat Dinner
Mar 26 – Passover 
Apr 23 – Havdalah 


Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Ken Kanter - March 10 & 11, 2017
Join us for a FABULOUS weekend celebrating the contribution of Jewish composers to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.

Rabbi Ken Kanter

Kenneth A. Kanter serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. In June of 2005, Rabbi Kanter concluded thirteen years as Founding Rabbi of Congregation Micah of Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rabbi Kanter received his B.A. degree in Jewish and American History from Harvard University in 1974, his M.A.H.L. degree from Hebrew Union College in 1978, was ordained in 1980, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR in May, 2005.

Rabbi Kanter served for ten years as Rabbi of Chattanooga’s Mizpah Congregation. Previously he served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Ohabai Sholom, in Nashville, Tennessee, as Jewish Chaplain and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University. Kanter is a popular lecturer and author of books, journals and articles focusing on the Jewish contribution to American popular music from the 1840’s to the 1940’s. His first book, The Jews on Tin Pan Alley, was published in 1982. He contributed to several journals in the field of Jewish history and religion. Kanter’s second book to which he contributed, Jewish-American History and Culture, was published in 1992. His third encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture, was published in 2009


Friday, March 10 – 7 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat services including a Broadway sing-along

Saturday, March 11 – 9-10:15 am - Torah Study “From Torah to Debbie Friedman”

Saturday, March 11 – 8:30 pm - Adult Purim, “The Music of Tin Pan Alley: Jews in Popular Music”  
(Following our usual Purim shenanigans with Haman’s Hotdog Hangout at 5 pmwith our service and Shpiel at 6:30 pm.)

All events will take place at Congregation Beth Israel and are open to the greater Austin community.