Zoom into Jewish Learning This August

Zoom into Jewish Learning This August

By Cathy Schechter

The final, sultry hot days of summer will be here. Along with the heat, the dog days of summer bring a sense of the coming new year — a new school year for children and once again, the renewed “crazy busy” times for parents who work, fight traffic, and juggle hectic schedules. How is it possible to strike a healthy balance of “crazy busy” and time for personal reflection, so necessary to maintain sanity in an insane world? 

Zoom in to learn!  

Longtime Melton teacher Dana Baruch will offer what Jewish wisdom has to say about finding balance with a four-part course, “Modern Living: Maintaining Balance.” To make it easy for parents, working folks, those who do not live close to the Dell Campus, and those who simply like distance learning from a home office, couch or the kitchen table, the course will be offered online in a Zoom Room.  

Using a Zoom Room is simple. Download the Zoom app to your computer or cell phone, and when it is time for class, the teacher sends a link via email. At class time, 8 p.m., click the link to join the class. Your face will show up in your virtual classroom alongside the faces of your classmates, similar to the old Brady Bunch on television. Materials for class will be sent in advance by email.

The class begins August 7 and will meet for four consecutive Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. for an hour and a half.

Developed for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, “Maintaining Balance,” is one of several shorter offerings.   

Also in August, Shalom Austin will offer a four-week Melton course for adults entitled, “We Are What We Remember.” This highly interactive course explores how memory shapes our beliefs, the intersection of memory and history, and how memory shapes our personal and national identities.

Led by Cathy Schechter, participants will meet on campus from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Hebrew classes and Melton Core classes will continue the first week of October, after the High Holy Days, so be on the lookout for registration information. ■

For registration information, visit shalomaustin.org/jewishlearning.

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