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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 Etz Chaim 
Lombard, IL 60148-4931 
September 8, 2019 – January 26, 2020 
Sundays, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky, Rabbi Ricky Kamil 
15 sessions 
Tuition = $250

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Introduction to Judaism 
Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (Deerfield)Am Shalom (Glencoe)North Shore Congregation Israel (Glencoe)Temple Jeremiah (Northfield)
Deerfield, IL 60015 
October 21, 2019 – April 13, 2020 
Mondays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Ryan Daniels, Rabbi Jason Fenster, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, and Cantor Julie Staple 
20 sessions 
Tuition = $250

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Introduction to Judaism
Chicago Sinai Congregation
Downtown Chicago, IL, 60610
October 17, 2019 - April 2, 2020
Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Instructors: Rabbis of Chicago Sinai Congregation
16 sessions
​Tuition = $0

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Sholom of Chicago  
Chicago, IL, 60657-2869 
December 2, 2019 - May 4, 2020 
Mondays, 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. 
Instructors: Temple Sholom of Chicago clergy and educators  
18 sessions 
Tuition = $250 
Free parking; accessible on public transit  

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Introduction to Judaism 
The New Reform Congregation Kadima 
Deerfield, IL 60015 
January 5, 2020 – April 19, 2020 
Sundays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Instructor: Rabbi David Oler, Ph.D. 
16 sessions 
Tuition = $250 

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(Re)Introduction to Judaism 
Oak Park Temple 
Oak Park, IL 60302-1377 
January 26, 2020 - May 17, 2020 
Sundays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Instructors: Rabbi Max Weiss, Rabbi Daniel Kirzane, Rabbi Gary Gerson 
Contact person: Rabbi Daniel Kirzanerabbikirzane@oakparktemple.org
15 sessions 
Tuition = $50 

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Introduction to Judaism 
Temple Sholom of Chicago  
Chicago, IL, 60657-2869 
Starts March 2, 2020 (breaks for Summer and continues in Fall) 
Mondays, 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. 
Instructors: Temple Sholom of Chicago clergy and educators 
Contact person: Lori Curtis, lori@sholomchicago.org, 773-435-1531
18 sessions 
Tuition = $250
Free parking; accessible on public transit 

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