In this course, students are introduced to Judaism in a friendly, pressure-free environment. While a conversion candidate would be expected to attend this class, it is open to all of those interested in learning more of the basics of our religion. Even those who are Jewish but want to strengthen their educational foundation are encouraged to attend!
These classes are currently offered in our Social Hall on the Saturdays we have a Rabbinical visit. Please see our bulletin or calendar for specific dates and times. Since we utilize the resources of visiting Rabbis and Rabbinical students, the material covered in these courses can vary depending upon who is instructing. It is very common for the students in the class to express personal strengths, weaknesses, and areas of interest to help create a curriculum that best serves everyone. Some of the areas you will be exposed to include:
- The sacred texts of our religion (Torah, Talmud, Mishnah, etc).
- The history, meaning, and customs associated with the cycle of Jewish holidays.
- The history, meaning, and customs associated with life cycle events.
- The basic tenets that make up the core beliefs of Judaism.
- An introduction to blessings, prayers, and rituals that make up Jewish worship and observance.
There is no “typical” participant in these classes. The students come from a variety of racial and religious backgrounds and have various interests. If you have more questions or are interested in attending, please contact us.