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Introduction to Judaism: Chicago and Suburbs

Introduction to Judaism: Chicago and Suburbs

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Note: If you are looking for our 3 free Taste of Judaism® classes, please visit the Chicago area Taste of Judaism® page.

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 18-session course for those who are looking for a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. This course is designed for interfaith couples, adults raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience.

The program is built around three themes:  Living in Jewish Time, the Cycle of Jewish Life, and the Jewish Story. Together we explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish beliefs and values, prayer and Jewish texts, the Holocaust, modern Israel, the American Jewish experience, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today. There are opportunities to enjoy a class Shabbat dinner, to meet with program alumni, and join special gatherings for those students who are exploring Judaism towards conversion.

Our Introduction to Judaism faculty are accessible, engaging, and caring teachers and are open to the questions and concerns you might have along the way.  

New courses at a variety of locations start year-round at Reform congregations throughout Chicagoland.  

Introduction to Judaism is cosponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Associate of Reform Rabbis.

Fees: $295 per individual or couple for 18 weeks of classes. (Does NOT include textbooks - a list will be provided before class begins).

For more information please contact Joy Wasserman, Coordinator, Introduction to Judaism and A Taste of Judaism®, Chicago at or (872) 256-1818.

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Temple Sholom of Chicago,
3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL  60657 
Mondays, beginning November 5 from  6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Instructors:  Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Scott Gellman, Cantor Sheerah Ben-David, Jay Rapoport and Melanie Goldberg

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New Reform Congregation Kadima, Deerfield

1020 Milwaukee Avenue Suite 118, Deerfield, IL  60015
Sundays beginning December 2 from 9:00am-11:00am
Instructor:  Rabbi David Oler

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KAM Isaiah Israel, Hyde Park

1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago, IL  60615
Wednesdays, beginning December 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructors:  Rabbi Frederick Reeves and Cantor David Berger

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Temple Sholom of Chicago,  Chicago

3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL  60657 
Mondays, beginning January 7 from 6:45-8:45p.m.
Instructors:  Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Scott Gellman, Cantor Sheerah Ben-David, Jay Rapoport, and Melanie Goldberg

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Beth Emet, EVANSTON and Temple Beth Israel, Skokie

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60067 (847) 675-0951 (sessions 1- 9)
Beth Emet, 1224 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202 (847) 869-4230 (sessions 10- 18)
Tuesdays, beginning January 8 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Marci Dickman R.J.E. and Rabbi Michael Weinberg

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Oak Park Temple, Oak Park
1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park, IL  60302
Mondays beginning January 14 from 7:00 - 9:00pm
Instructors:  Rabbi Max Weiss, Rabbi Daniel Kirzane and Rabbi Gary Gerson

Student Testimonial

Read a blog post, written by a former student, about how taking Introduction to Judaism in Chicago impacted his Jewish journey.


About the Coordinator

Joy Wasserman serves as the Coordinator of Reform Jewish Chicago, overseeing both the Introduction to Judaism and A Taste of Judaism® programs. Joy is grateful for the opportunity to guide and accompany individuals, couples and families, on their spiritual journeys. She brings much experience, warmth and sense of humor to her work. Joy graduated from the College-Institute’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education with a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education and earned a B.A. (Honours) in Jewish Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada. Joy has served the Reform Jewish community for more than three decades. For fun, Joy and her family love to explore the National Parks across the country.

General Information

$295/plus cost of books (for a single student or a couple)

18 weeks
Joy Wasserman