An introduction to the basic traditions and structure of Judaism.
Is this class for you? Are you —
Jewish and want a strong refresher course, haven’t learned much since Hebrew school, or feel like your kids are ahead of you?
Not Jewish but married to someone Jewish, or know someone Jewish, or considering conversion?
If you answered YES in any way to the above, or you are interested in a serious introduction to Judaism, then this class is for you.
This course serves as both an introduction to Judaism for Jews looking to deepen their knowledge, for non-Jewish partners of Jews, and as the required course for conversion students. It lays the foundation for participants to build a strong personal Jewish identity. The lead instructors are Ron DeChene and Robert Hovden with some classes also taught by Rabbi Rose and other guest instructors. We will study the essential spiritual, religious, ethical, legal, historical, and cultural elements that inspire a commitment to Jewish life and involvement. Participants will be encouraged to explore various forms of Jewish identity through practice.
Timing and Tuition
Class will meet Tuesday evenings, 10/19/21 through 5/24/22. Our COVID committee will be determining whether class will meet virtually or in person. The Living Judaism fee includes tuition for Hebrew I class, which meets on the same evening. Tuition is $500/member, $600/non-member. Take it with a partner for a discount: $700 for partners (members), $800 for partners (non-members). Note that only one partner needs to be a member.
Prior to the start of classes, join our Living Judaism teachers for free sessions to learn about the High Holidays. More details to come.
More Information and Application
For more information, please call the Beth Shalom office at 206-524-0075. View last year’s class syllabus here. You can register via the form below.