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Intro to Judaism 2022-23


Thank you for signing up for our Introduction to Judaism class! We are so happy and grateful that you are here, and are looking forward to a year of deep, inspiring learning together.  

Are you interested in exploring the Jewish tradition from the ground up, with master Jewish teachers? Have you been wondering about the core beliefs and practices that animate the Jewish religion? Are you looking to deepen your experience of God and prayer into the rhythm of your life? 
This course is designed to give you the raw materials with which to appreciate and access the Jewish tradition. Whatever it is you may be seeking, we offer a safe space for acquiring the experiential and intellectual knowledge that allow you to deepen your own religious life.  Topics include, but are not limited to:
- The World of the Bible
- Ritual exploration
- Lifecycles (Birth, Marriage, Death) 
- Shabbat (The Sabbath)
- Prayer and Liturgy
- Jewish Holidays
- Israel
- Theology

Note: This class will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. Most sessions will meet on Zoom, with monthly in-person gatherings at Adas. 

*New this year! For those interested in celebrating an Adult B’Nai Mitzvah, this is the class for you. Every 4 weeks our ABM cohort will meet with a member of the clergy to learn the skills to read Torah, Haftarah and blessings with a culmination ceremony on Shabbat morning Smith service in the late Spring. 


We appreciate your filling out the information below. If you have any questions, or would like to talk privately about any of these matters, please feel free to make an appointment with a member of our clergy team. We are eager to get to know you and are always here to listen, advise and be in conversation. 

Note:  The plan is for the class to be a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. The course sessions themselves will be on Zoom. Several times throughout the class, we break from the official material for “small group in-person processing” sessions. These sessions give students the opportunity to reflect on their experience in the class and on how the material is showing up in their personal, spiritual and religious lives. It is possible to sign up for the class and only participate virtually; however, for those who are able, coming together in person for the small group sessions as well as the experiential components of the class (Shabbaton in the fall, Havdalah program in the spring) is highly recommended.  

Wednesdays, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM---September 14, 2022 - March 29, 2023
(Optional 7:00-7:30pm Hangout + schmooze)

This course is taught through a collaborative educational partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of American Jewish University. 

There is no rush on the decision to convert; anyone and everyone is welcome in the class. If you would like to talk to a rabbi about what conversion entails, feel free to reach out. If you are already undergoing a conversion process and have been working with a sponsoring rabbi, please let us know.
If you would like to sign up for the Hebrew reading class, please let us know above. If you are planning to convert but either have already learned to read Hebrew, or are planning to take a different class, please let us know that as well. 

Note: Hebrew will likely be offered on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings. If you are interested in taking Hebrew, let us know which of those times (or both or neither!) would work for you.
The fee for this class is: $350 per person; $450 per couple.
If the cost of the class is prohibitive for you, please be in touch. Finances will never preclude participation at Adas. We are happy to be in conversation with you. The cost of the course covers the required course books as well as the experiential components (Shabbaton in the fall, Havdalah program in the spring). 

Students in this class are eligible for the Michael Stern Torah Scholarship to help assist in cost.
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Sat, August 13 2022 16 Av 5782