Lifelong Learning Classes at the J

We offer monthly opportunities to hear from a variety of top thinkers and innovators in intimate conversations that connect, enrich, and inspire.

Join us on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM for the following topics:

David KrohnHistory of Opera with David Krohn

Wednesday, Oct 30 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Join Brith Shalom Hazzan-in-Residence and Houston Grand Opera Director of Development David Krohn for an exciting trip through Opera History. Whether you’re an opera newbie or die-hard aficionado, there’s a premium orchestra seat waiting for you at this lecture.

In just one hour, we’ll travel from the roots of opera in Ancient Greece through its humble beginning in Florence, right up to the operas being composed today all over the world, filling our hearts and ears with glorious music all the while.

Sperm Uncovered with Judy Rosenstock

Wednesday, Nov 20 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Advances in reproductive science and technology have raised numerous ethical issues from genetic testing on embryos to anonymity versus non-anonymity of sperm donors.

Judy Rosenstock presents an overview of some of these issues.

Jews of Elephantine and Other Audacities with Aaron Howard

Wednesday, Dec 11 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Elephantine, on the southern border of Egypt, was the site of a Jewish colony. The inhabitants were Jewish mercenaries who fought for the Egyptians and the Persians at different times.

Explore this little-known aspect of history with Aaron Howard. We’ll also look at the time when a Jewish king ruled Yemen. 

Apollo: Missions to the Moon with Frances “Poppy” Northcutt

Wednesday, Jan 15 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
NASA engineer Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was the first woman to work in an operational support role in the Mission Control Center in Houston during the Apollo program and a passionate advocate for women’s rights.

Hear firsthand about her experience with the different Apollo missions as well as how she got to NASA and what it was like to be a woman at that time working in NASA.

Political Memorabilia with David Fairbanks

Wednesday, Feb 12 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Details coming soon!

American History with Wesley Wright

Wednesday, March 11 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Details coming soon!


Online registration coming soon!


For more information, please contact Esther Bethke at 713.595.8186 or