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Doing Jewish at the J

Judaism is about doing – action, practice, ritual, learning, engaging, exploring, and so much more. The J is the place to explore and engage in the myriad of possibilities of “doing Jewish?” Discover the J in you. Not Jewish? No problem, just by being part of the J, consider yourself Jewish Adjacent. Any and everyone is more than welcome to learn and find some way to participate in  “Doing Jewish at the J.” Do more than just browse the choices – ENGAGE!

BookFest

The mission of BookFest is to celebrate the written word brought to us by Jewish authors and books with Jewish content. Each year we seek the very best authors and books to provide a window to the Jewish experience and give our community members the opportunity to engage with the person behind the book while discovering what inspires the author in his or her creative work.

Film Fest

The Jewish Film Festival of Dallas provides a window to the Jewish experience and allows us to explore contemporary and historical themes in many different global settings. Some films will make you laugh and others will make you cry…all will provide you with a life lesson.  After many films, we will have a Talk Back with an expert on the subject matter to enhance the viewing and learning experience for our audience and to strengthen our sense of community.

Adult Experiential Learning

At the J, we strive to enhance the quality of Jewish life in and around our community. We empower people to embrace Jewish culture by participating in Jewish Learnings and Israel engagement.

Because there’s more to it than kugel and kosher – If you’re looking for answers to your biggest questions about Judaism, you’ve come to the right place.  The Dallas J offers a variety of Jewish experiences designed for adults.   Offerings include learning experiences that put you into the experience:   Write an Ethical, Will,   Discover Jewish Values to Live by,  Create Jewish Ritual Objects (spice box, Hanukkiah, seder objects, etc.), Write Your Own Midrash, Discover Jewish History through Making Choices and more.   Experiential learning is about doing so come to create, cook, act, sing, write, and more.

Family Holiday Programs

Bring the whole family together to get ready for each Jewish holiday through songs, stories, crafts, and drama.   Find out about our NEWIST K’ilu Adventures – enter into the holiday with the family and friends.   Under the banner of ‘HOLIDAY ON THE GAN”, we will gather outdoors to go through multiple stations for learning and experiencing each holiday.- find new ways to celebrate all the wonderful holidays from Hanukkah to Passover to Rosh Chodes to Tu B’ Shevat and, of course, Shabbat.

Family Learning Beyond Holidays

At the J, we strive to enhance the quality of Jewish life in and around our community. We empower people to embrace Jewish culture by participating in Jewish Learnings and Israel engagement.

There’s a lot more to “Doing Jewish” besides holidays for families to celebrate and learn together.  Join us for Jewish Pet Blessings, Mitzvah Projects for the Whole Family, Parent/Child Jewish Book Club, Movie Time for Families, and more.   Plus spend time together creating a Family Brit, making Jewish ritual objects and designing/creating/playing Jewish games.

Adult Learning

At the J, we strive to enhance the quality of Jewish life in and around our community. We empower people to embrace Jewish culture by participating in Jewish Learnings and Israel engagement.

If you’re looking for answers to your biggest questions about Judaism, you’ve come to the right place. The Dallas J offers a variety of Jewish education classes, including Jewish Mindfulness, Chocolate Hebrew (yep, a class with chocolate!), and Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab Israeli Conflict. At the Florence Melton School, adults can enroll in courses that delve deep into Jewish history, culture and fundamentals. The Gesher  Program is a life-changing Jewish learning opportunity designed for, but not limited to, graduates of the Melton School.

Funded in part with a generous grant from Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

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Jewish Learning

The Melton School

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a global network of 60 community-based schools that offer adults an opportunity to gain Jewish literacy in a non-denominational, intellectually-stimulating learning environment.

The curriculum, created by scholars at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explores the texts of Jewish tradition, both ancient and contemporary. Join us for spirited dialogue, meaningful study, and the opportunity to gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish.

The Gesher Program

The Gesher Program is a dynamic, engaging and life-changing Jewish learning opportunity at the J! Gesher courses are developed by the Dallas area Rabbis and Educators for JCC Dallas.