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Center for Learning

Center for Learning Learning is an opportunity for discovery: discovery of the past, discovery of all that is around us, and discovery of our inner selves. At the Jewish Congregation of Venice, learning is explored in many ways. We spiritually learn through our services. We learn through meeting others from around the country and international locations. We learn through participation in adult education guest lectures or dedicated study with the Rabbi. Many of us learn through reading, sharing books from our library, and subsequent discussions. Our children learn through family activities and life cycle events. We learn about history, music, faith, and more. As we learn, we grow.

Our programs are open to all. Some special events required additional fees. Please view our Calendar to learn more about the happenings in the Center for Learning.



Lifelong Learning

The Jewish Congregation of Venice offers a variety of lifelong learning opportunities. Learning is captured in many ways at the JCV but one of the favorites is Adult Education, which brings many diverse speakers to the JCV.

Specific Wednesdays at noon; bring your lunch, listen, and learn.

Once a month on Sunday morning, join us for a hearty breakfast with special guest speakers.


Our Family Program for children ages 6-12 meets one Sunday each month. The group learns Hebrew, explores Jewish traditions and symbols, sings songs, discovers recipes, and more. We also study Jewish holidays and ethics.

Bar and bat mitzvah preparation is offered on an individual basis.


Universal Jewish study and learning

You can visit the JCV Library whenever the building is open. You are welcome to browse and borrow books. The library is a comfortable room where JCV members can come and spend some quiet time. We have a large collection of books shelved by category.

In addition to a section for books written by JCV members, some of our categories are:  Art, Biography, Cookbooks, Fiction, Holocaust and Holocaust Memoirs, Israel, Jewish and Israeli History, Jews in America, and Music.

When you borrow a book, just sign it out in the logbook on the desk. When you return the book, please place it on the library desk and note the date of return in the same logbook. We order new books whenever something of interest becomes available.  We welcome suggestions from our members. The only requirements are that books are written by a Jewish author or about a Jewish subject.


During weekly sessions on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm, the rabbi leads a lively discussion of each week’s Torah portion. The sessions begin with the rabbi’s blessing of Torah study, reminding the participants that these studies are the fulfillment of a mitzvah, connecting us to God and one another in love. The rabbi then presents passages from the Torah portion for study and reflection, utilizing traditional Jewish sources and relevant modern-day film and music. Though Hebrew terms are introduced, no knowledge of Hebrew is necessary to participate in Torah study.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

Weekly Discussion

The JCV women’s discussion group, Kol Isha (literally “the voice of a woman”), began out of a conversation that was initiated at a JCV Women’s Retreat. The group wanted to continue the discussion, so we started meeting monthly. A wide range of topics have included preparing for death, spirituality, mothers’ favorite recipes, and women of the Bible. We meet every other Tuesday from 10:30am-12:00pm.

If you would like to join us, contact Cantor Marci at

Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781