Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a Jewish partner, and people who are considering conversion to Judaism. This class touches on many aspects of Judaism, from birth to death, including Jewish diversity and identity, and American Judaism and Israel. Introduction to Judaism is taught by Congregation Emanu-El Clergy. Graduates of the class are encouraged to continue learning in the Tauber Jewish Studies Program.

Conversion students must complete all three trimesters of Introduction to Judaism before entering the mikvah (ritual bath for conversion). Introduction to Judaism meets on Tuesday evenings over three trimesters and has rolling admission. A student can begin in any of the trimesters. Trimesters do not have to be completed in a particular order. Refreshments will be served. 

Fall: Time: Seasons of Joy

October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

Winter Space and Place: The Holy Land, Diaspora, and Community

January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24

Spring: Peoplehood: How We Think of Others and Ourselves

March 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12

$36 members, $50 non-members (per trimester)
One-time book fee: $65 (for members and non-members)

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for the upcoming Fall Semester will open by August 15, 2014.

Introduction to Judaism is part of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.

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