CJLL Classes

Jewish Education Class

Come for the Community, Stay for the Learning

The Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning (CJLL) is a pluralistic community of Jewish adults who come together each week to learn, socialize, and add meaning to their Jewish lives and identity. Join us for rich, in-depth Jewish studies courses designed by local faculty as well as the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

Fall Jewish Learning


Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany
Instructor: Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn Potvin
8 Tuesdays, Oct 13–Dec 8 I 11:15 AM–12:15 PM I ONLINE

How did Jews transform Jewish culture in Germany during the challenging period between the wars? We'll look at important changes in Jewish life as well as Jews' contributions to German culture. How do we relate them to our experiences today?

Jacob & Esau: And the Elder Shall Serve the Younger?
Instructor: Ms. Mindeleah Pollak
8 Thursdays, Oct 15–Dec 10 I 9:45 AM–10:45 AM I ONLINE

Jacob and Esau, the first set of twins born in the Torah, are opposite personalities. Patriarch Isaac, weak in the eyes and getting old, decides it’s time to bless his elder son. Rebecca tries every way to make sure the prophecy only she received comes to fruition. But who was really the blind one at the end of this story? Come and explore this famous biblical story.

You and The Talmud: A Perfect Pair!
Instructor: Rabbi Barry Gelman
8 Thursdays, Oct 15–Dec 10 I 11:15 AM–12:15 PM I ONLINE

Join the worldwide program of Torah study and dip your feet into the world of Talmud! This class will survey one Talmudic topic per week being studied by hundreds of thousands people worldwide. This class is an opportunity to connect to the intellectual and spiritual mood of our day in real time.

Lunch at the Museum: An Exploration of Jewish Artifacts from the Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica at Congregation Beth Yeshurun
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Musher
4 Thursdays, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 I 12:30 PM–1:30 PM I ONLINE

Come and explore even more fascinating and unique artifacts from the Museum with Dr. Daniel Musher. Lectures will cover High Holiday objects, works of art, master Judaica craftsmen, and unusual pieces.


For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at or 713.595.8163.


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning