CJLL Classes

Jewish Education Class

Come for the Community, Stay for the Learning

You are invited to experience the joy of learning with Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning. We pride ourselves on our outstanding faculty, who engage our students and create a learning environment that is text based, pluralistic and welcoming to all.  

We offer a multitude of classes at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and we are proud to partner with other community agencies. If you can’t make it here, don’t worry, we will bring the classes to you. Check out our virtual offerings and class at Temple Emanu - El.  We also offer classes of various lengths, so choose what works for you!

As Director of the Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning, I invite you to try one of these exciting classes; I believe you will find the experience refreshing, renewing sand transformative.  

Rabbi Barry Gelman
Anyone who joins 2 or more classes (not including the free classes, 3M Lunch and Learn or Friday Torah study)  will be credited with a 20% discount on future CJLL offerings.

Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning
Local Educators Series 

We are blessed to have many talented educators in our community. The courses below have all been created by members of your community especially for you. Check out these wonderful classes taught by veteran teachers. 

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It's Never Too Late: Second Chances in The Bible
Taught by Mindy Pollak | Jan 17, 24, 31 & Feb 7, 14 | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM | VIRTUAL
Let's travel back in time to meet five sisters and a group of men who stood up to Mosses and spoke their minds in order to get their "second chance". What were they yearning for? How did Mosses respond to their protestations and what can we learn from these remarkable stories.

Contemporary Jewish Art and Visual Midrash 
Taught by Rona Lesser | Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 & Apr 4 |  7:30 PM - 8:30 PM | VIRTUAL 
Since the 1970’s there has been an amazing growth of Jewish Art and artists who work with text and create Visual Midrash. In this class we will be introduced to the world of contemporary Jewish artists and visual Midrash through images, discussion, and visits with some of the featured artists. Class attendees will be provided with a source list of artist websites and other resources for further exploration. Each week will feature at least 3-5 different artist's work. 


The Textual Foundations for Today’s Jewish Religious Communities
Taught by Rabbi David Rosen | Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5, 12 | 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Study of the texts which provide our earliest understandings of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism. We will also examine texts written by leading figures in each movement over the last century which can help us understand how each movement has evolved. 


Lunch and Learn
Taught by Rabbi Barry Gelman | Weekly | 12:00 PM
Each week we will examine a major theme of Judaism as related weekly Torah portion. Discover the wisdom and timelessness of the Torah. Order lunch in advance and join us for spirited discussion and debate. Topics will include: God, Providence, Prayer, Revelation, Reward and Punishment, Good and Evil, The Chosen People, Sin, Judaism and Other Religions.

Ayeka – Getting Unstuck in My Relationships
Taught by Rabbi Scott Haussman-Weiss | Jan 19, 26 & Feb 2, 9, 16 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | VIRTUAL
In collaboration with Congregation Shma Koleinu

Ayeka – Getting Unstuck in My Relationships will bring you into a deeper conversation with yourself and with others about the “meaning of life”. The goal of this discovery is to allow our relationship with God to enhance our lives, and to bring out the best in ourselves and in all our personal relationships. One does not need to be a “believer” in God, to study and reflect upon the central Jewish notion of God, and most especially what it means to see ourselves and all human beings as created in God’s image. Call it whatever you like – but our common humanity demands a greater calling that necessitates empathy, kindness, humility and embrace. And studying texts like these can make us wiser and better people. 

Food For Thought
Taught by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey | Jan 20, 27 & Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Utilizing a curriculum developed by Hazon, a Jewish organization that works toward a healthier and more sustainable world, this course will address the relationship between food, eating, health, the environment, and Jewish values.

3M  - Meditation, Music, Mi Shebeirach
Weekly | 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
In collaboration with Congregation Shma Koleinu
Led by Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss with music by Dan Nichols (Mondays) and Josh Goldberg (Thursdays). Take a midday break to take stock, find calm and experience joy.  


American Idol
Taught by Rabbi Oren Hayon | January 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Congregation Emanu El
In collaboration with Congregation Emanu El

The prohibition on idol-worship has always been a central idea in Judaism. But what exactly does this mean in today’s world, where the practice of worshiping inanimate objects is very rare? Together we will explore a wide array of sources, from the Bible to Jewish law codes to contemporary examples of “idolizing” athletes and celebrities. No background in Jewish studies is required, but you must come equipped with an open mind and a sense of curiosity!

ERJCC Local Educators Series on The Haggadah
Weekly | 11:00 AM
In collaboration with Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands, Houston Hillel, and Congregation Beth Israel
The Haggadah is more than a guidebook for the Seder. It contains Jewish ideas and teachings that can enrich our lives long after we have finished the last Matzoh Ball. Jon four popular local Rabbis as they share the wisdom of the Haggadah.

March 24 - Rabbi Sarah Fort - The Missing Voices of Women in the Haggadah 

March 31 - Rabbi Kenny Weiss - Pour Out Your Wrath 

April 7 - Rabbi Eddie Goldberg - Insights from The Moss Haggadah 

April 14 - Rabbi Adrienne Scott - The Four Children

Food For Thought
Taught by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey | Jan 20, 27 & Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Utilizing a curriculum developed by Hazon, a Jewish organization that works toward a healthier and more sustainable world, this course will address the relationship between food, eating, health, the environment, and Jewish values. 



Friday Torah Study
Facilitated by David Scott, RJE, Director of Lifelong Learning and Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel
Fridays | 12:00 PM | Congregation Beth Israel
In collaboration with Congregation Beth Israel

Ever wanted to learn more about the Torah but didn’t know where to begin? Join the Torah 101 class as we explore the basics of each week’s Torah portion. For login details and more information, email


Melton Classes - Never Stop Seeking 

We are proud to partner with the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning to offer university quality education using curricula from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for less than the price of university tuition. 

Each learner in a Melton class receives a professionally published text book and Melton teachers are the beneficiaries of ongoing professional development. 

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We Are What We Remember
Taught by Rabbi Dan Gordon | Jan. 18, 25 & Feb 1, 8, 15 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In collaboration with Temple Beth Torah

The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History Recollections from our past define not only who we are as individuals but who we are as a people and a community. Discover the meaning of memory and how it has impacted the Jewish experience in this 5-session survey course. Travel from the Golden Age of Jewry in Spain to the tales of the Polish shtetls, up to the modern State of Israel. We will also take a fresh look at the call to Never Forget and its power as a key to Jewish survival. We are happy to offer this course for FREE as an invitation to experience Melton and the great CJLL learning community. 

Love, Loss, Wisdom
Taught by Rabbi Dan Gordon |Feb. 22 & March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In collaboration with Temple Beth Torah

Discover, the Jewish responses and rituals that take us through mourning and arrive at a place of healing. When death inevitably enters our lives, Jewish wisdom and ritual can help us cope with heartbreak and loss, the anguish of why suffering exists. We will also seek to understand the big questions of what Judaism says about life after death and its understanding of messianic times. With a wider lens, we gain a context with which to better understand l our moments of anguish as individuals and as a community. 


OMG, Can You Believe?!
Taught By Rabbi Barry Gelman | Jan 20, 27 & Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 | 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll dive into the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. We’ll examine the many different understandings of God, free will, and mitzvot expressed by Jewish philosophers, rabbis, leaders past and present—and you. We’ll explore the divine, the prophetic, and even the supernatural, as we amplify and dissect your deepest God-questions. Just do not expect to leave with any final answers. 


For more information, please contact our front desk at 713.729.3200.


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning