The Union for Reform Judaism sponsors this Introduction to Judaism course taught by Rabbi Devorah Marcus at Temple Emanu-El. It offers a basic foundation in Judaism in 18 sessions beginning in January each year. The first class for the 2017 cycle is January 18th. The course is required for persons considering conversion to Judaism, but it is also very helpful to Jews-by-birth who seek a refresher course in the principles and practices of Judaism, as well as interfaith couples.
Why take the course?For some things in life, it is never too late. Somehow, when you were younger, maybe you didn't learn what you'd like to know about the culture and religion of the Jewish people. Perhaps, you grew up in a place where there was no synagogue. Perhaps, you weren't quite ready to appreciate the Jewish education you were offered. Perhaps your parents didn't think you needed a Jewish education. Perhaps you now seek a way to live a fuller and richer Jewish family life. Perhaps you now want to narrow the cultural gaps between you and your children. Perhaps you are seeking conversion to Judaism. Whatever the reason, URJ Introduction to Judaism offers you a time and place to broaden your Jewish awareness. URJ Introduction to Judaism can launch you on a path to authentic personal Jewish identity. This course can help you acquire a basic Jewish vocabulary. You can gain intellectual and experiential knowledge of Judaism as well as the skills necessary to "do Jewish." Intro is designed to be a meaningful, educational experience for any person interested in knowing and understanding Judaism and Jewish life. The course is organized around the major themes of Judaism, and around the holidays and events in the Jewish life cycle. Included in the URJ Introduction to Judaism course are the following concepts:
Course RequirementsTo earn a Certificate of Completion for the course, you must fulfill the following requirements:
ShabbatonOne requirement of the URJ Introduction to Judaism program in the West District is your attendance at a Shabbaton. The word Shabbaton is related to the word Shabbat. Shabbatonim (plural) take place on Saturdays on various dates and at various locations. The Shabbaton usually runs from 10 am until 3 pm. Time, location and other specifics will be publicized on the registration site and e-mail notifications to students enrolled in Intro. Although the specific programs of each Shabbaton will vary somewhat, you can expect to enjoy yourself experiencing prayer, study, singing, and discussion about Judaism with a group of rabbis and your peers.
TuitionTuition for the 18-week course is $280. A non-refundable $50 registration fee is included. The tuition fee allows for either one or two people to attend, and couples are encouraged to attend together. If you are yourself a member of a URJ-affiliated Reform congregation, the tuition is $200. Classes meet once a week for two hours on Wednesday evenings.
RegistrationRegistration is through the URJ website. Click here for a link to the registration page.
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