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Explore a modern take on Jewish life.

Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality.

Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives, and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens.

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. Many communities offer tuition discounts for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.   

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Introduction to Judaism 
Congregation Kol Ami 
West Hollywood, CA 90038-1024 
September 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020 
Sundays, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Denise Eger, Rabbi Max Chaiken, Rabbinic Student Noah Diamondstein 
18 sessions 
Tuition = $360 individual, $500 couple 

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Introduction to Judaism 
University Synagogue 
Los Angeles, CA 90049-4228 
October 15, 2019  March 10, 2020 
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
18 sessions 
Tuition = $360 

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Introduction to Judaism 
Congregation Beth Israel 
San Diego, CA 92122-1222 
October 17, 2019 - April 17, 2020 
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Instructors: Beth Israel Rabbis 
21 sessions 
Tuition $275 individual, $300 couple, $50 discount for Beth Israel members 

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Beth Israel 
Pomona, CA 91767-1511 
October 22, 2019 - March 10, 2020 
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz and Cantor Paul Buch
18 sessions 
Tuition = $180

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Introduction to Judaism 
Congregation Sherith Israel 
San Francisco, CA 94115-2814 
October 23, 2019 - February 12, 2020 
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf, Cantor David Frommer, Rabbi Abby Phelps, Gordon Gladstone and Lisa Erdberg 
15 sessions  
Tuition = $180 

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Introduction to Judaism 
Congregation Emanu-El 
San Francisco, CA 94118 
October 22, 2019 – May 26, 2020 
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Congregation Emanu-El clergy plus guest educators  
26 sessions 
Tuition = $75 per trimester, $21 discount for members of Congregation Emanu-El 

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills 
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
October 30, 2019 - March 18, 2020 
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Temple Emanuel Clergy 
18 sessions 
Tuition = $280, $80 discount for members of URJ congregations   

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Menorah 
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-4531 
November 5, 2019 - March 31, 2020 
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Leah Lewis, Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman 
18 sessions 
Tuition = $180 

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Jewish Seekers 
Temple Beth Tikvah 
Fullerton, CA 92831-1207 
November 6, 2019 - June 17, 2020 
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Nico Socolovsky and Rabbi Daniel Levine 
18 sessions + experiential learning 
Tuition = $180

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Emanu-El 
San Diego, CA 92120-4632 
January 15, 2020 – May 20, 2020 
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Devorah Marcus and Rabbi Benj Fried
19 sessions 

Tuition = $250, $50 discount for members of URJ congregations

Support for Introduction to Judaism is provided by the National Center to Encourage Judaism.