Center for Jewish Living and Learning


The Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning (CJLL) offers classes, lectures, programs, and other meaningful Jewish experiences for the Houston community.

CJLL Classes

Rich, in-depth Jewish studies courses designed by local faculty as well as the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

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2018-2019 Season Highlights

This year’s theme is Jewish Time & Memory. Look for this theme in various classes, lectures and programs throughout the year.

10th Annual Rice University Jewish Studies Lecture Series
Oct 21, 23 & 28, 2018
Preserving Our Past: Stories from the Houston Jewish History Archive

Jewish CultureFest
Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 
Music, art, food & fun!

Friday Night Lights
Nov 9, Feb 1, March 29
Shabbat dinner in a sophisticated setting along with some high quality entertainment.

The J is proud to partner with the National Center for Jewish Film to offer several rare and relevant documentary films throughout the year.

Chapter and Verse
Sundays | 10:30 AM | February 10, March 17, April 14, 2019
Sunday brunch and conversation with contemporary Jewish authors

Weekly Torah
Fridays, Ongoing | 12:00 PM 
A discussion of the week’s Torah portion using classic and modern commentaries. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. FREE and open to the public. Check our list of summer guest instructors. 


Upcoming Melton Travel Seminar for Texans
Old New Land: Herzl's Dream Revisited
A Melton Travel Seminar accompanied with students and graduates from across Texas. 
Dec 2-13, 2018

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Jewish Family Programs

Mishpacha & Me
Jewish Experiences for Young Children & Families
Celebrate Judaism with us through creative family activities all over town. This program is specifically designed for Jewish families with children ages 0-5 years. 

Mishpacha NEXT
This program brings families with children in grades K-5 together for meaningful and fun-filled activities. 

Connect with Israel

Our Israeli Shaliach works to expand education, understanding and engagement with Israel throughout the Houston Jewish and greater community.  

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Ethical Foods Co-Op

Take part in our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and our Meat Buying Club. 

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Meet the Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning staff. 

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