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. Register

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. Register

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. Register

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. Register

Collecting Political Memorabilia: A Quick and Fun way to Learn American History with Dr. David Fairbanks, Professor Emeritus, University of Houston-Downtown

Wednesday, Feb 12 | 10:00 AM
Before advertising on television and social media, presidential campaigns relied heavily on objects such as buttons; ribbons and various trinkets of get their messages across to voters. These items from earlier campaigns provide interesting reminders of how presidential campaigns have changed and of the people who led them. Professor David Fairbanks, who has been teaching courses on the American presidency and campaign. Register

American History with Wesley Wright

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


$8 Member | $12 Public per class

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For more information, please contact Esther Bethke at 713.595.8186 or