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The Center for Jewish Learning (CJL) invites everyone to discover the richness of Jewish learning through our 2019-2020 Adult Education courses.

CJL, a division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, offers a wide selection of courses for adults with varied interests and backgrounds. All classes are taught by experienced teachers who welcome and value every Jewish learner.

What’s New?

A new play reading and discussion course is being offered by Kathleen Sitzer, the Founding Artistic Director of the New Jewish Theater. Other new courses include “Israel’s Foreign Policy,” with Dr. Elai Rettig of Washington University in St. Louis; and “Jewish Responses to Life’s Most Challenging,” a Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning mini-course that will be co-led by Rabbi Tracy Nathan and Dr. Harold Braswell. Rabbi Mark Shook will return to teaching at CJL with a course on “Reading the New Testament through a Jewish Lens.”

The CJL Spring community-wide scholar-in-residence will be Dr. Hankus Netsky, a leading figure in the revival of Klezmer music and the musical director for Itzhak Perlman’s Jewish music projects.

CJL will also be offering courses in both Modern and Biblical Hebrew, as well as Melton courses, an overview of the history of Zionism and the modern State of Israel, and other Jewish text-learning courses.

Important Information

  • To view courses and to register, go to
  • To pay in person or over the phone, contact Kathy Schmeltz at or 314-442-3761.
  • Some courses have a minimum or maximum enrollment, so please register early.
  • Scholarships are available, and it is an easy and discrete process. Contact Rabbi Tracy Nathan to learn more at or 314-442-3757.