- Explore a modern take on Jewish life.
- Engage with Jewish values, celebration and spirituality.
- Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives, and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.
- Download the course flyer
Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience.
Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, theology and core beliefs, Hebrew, prayer, the Bible and other sacred texts, history, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and Israel, the American Jewish experience, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today.
The course reflects the approach of Reform Judaism and is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. Outstanding and experienced faculty encourage students to raise questions and engage deeply and personally with all topics.
Classes meet Sundays 2:00pm-4:30pm. For specific dates, see the course syllabus.
- $275 - individual
- $200 - individual (member of sponsor synagogue)
- $375 - couple
- $300 - couple (member of sponsor synagogue)
Sponsor Synagogues: Temple Beth David (Westwood), Temple Beth David of the South Shore (Canton), Temple Chayai Shalom (Easton), Temple Etz Chaim (Franklin), Temple Sinai (Sharon)
*Tuition rates include a $15 non-refundable administration fee.
- Rabbi Joseph Meszler, Temple Sinai (Sharon, MA)
- Rabbi Ken Carr, Temple Chayai Shalom (Easton, MA)
- Rabbi David Winship, Temple Beth David of the South Shore (Canton, MA)
- Rabbi Karen Citrin, Temple Beth David (Westwood, MA)
- Rabbi Micah Citrin, Temple Beth David (Westwood, MA)
- Rabbi Tom Alpert, Temple Etz Chaim (Franklin, MA)
|12/8||1||Welcome & Introductions; What is Judaism? God, Torah, & Israel||Westwood||Citrin|
|2||Shabbat; The Synagogue||Westwood||Citrin|
|1/5||3||Prayer, Music, and Hebrew||Westwood||Citrin|
|4||Shabbat Dinner and Worship Services||Easton||Carr|
|1/12||5||The Jewish Historical Experience||Westwood||Alpert|
|1/26||6||Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; Israel and Zionism||Westwood||Alpert|
|2/2||7||The American Jewish Experience; Streams of Judaism; Tapestry of the Jewish People||Westwood||Alpert|
|2/9||8||The Jewish Calendar; High Holy Days||Canton||Winship|
|2/23||9||The Jewish Holidays: Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot||Canton||Winship|
|3/1||10||Jewish Holidays: Purim & Hanukkah; the Jewish Life Cycle: Marriage, Partnership||Canton||Winship|
|3/8||11||Visit to Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh in Newton; Conversion (Special Location and Time)||Newton||Zupan|
|3/15||12||The Jewish Life Cycle, cont’d: Welcome Baby!; Raising Children and Lifelong Jewish Learning; End of Life, Death, and Mourning||Sharon||Carr|
|3/22||13||The Bible & Rabbinic Texts||Sharon||Meszler|
|3/29||14||Seeing Yourself in the Jewish Story; “Ask a Rabbi”; Next Steps – Being Part of the Jewish Community||Sharon||Meszler|
|4/12||15||Hebrew Marathon Day||Sharon||Meszler|
- Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity: A reader for the Union of Reform Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism Course (eds. Rabbis Rabbi Beth Lieberman and Hara Person)
Other Suggested Reading:
- The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living (Rabbi Daniel B. Syme)
- Living a Jewish Life, Updated and Revised Edition: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today’s Families (Anita Diamant and Howard Cooper)
To complete your registration by check,
make check payable to "Temple Sinai."
Attn: Introduction to Judaism - South Area
25 Canton Street
Sharon, MA 02067