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Introduction to Judaism: Illinois

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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: $275 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 jbwasserman@urj.org or (872) 256-1818.

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Beth Hillel Temple

6050 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI, US
Class begins September 17, 2017
Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m
Instructor: Rabbi Dena Feingold
Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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The New Reform Congregation Kadima
1020 Milwaukee Avenue, Deerfield, IL, US
Class begins November 12, 2017
Sundays, 9 –11 a.m
Instructor: Rabbi David Oler
Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, US
Class begins November 13, 2017
Mondays, 6:45 – 8:45 PM
Instructors: Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Scott Gellman, Cantor Sheerah Ben-David, Jay Rapoport, and Melanie Goldberg
Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Oak Park Temple
1235 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park, IL, US
Class begins November 13, 2017
Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m.
Instructors: Rabbi Max Weiss and Rabbi Gary Gerson
​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Temple Beth El

10001 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN, US
Class begins November 15, 2017
Wednesdays,  7 – 9 p.m.
Instructors: Rabbis Len Zukrow, Michael Stevens, Carmit Harari, and Ellen Dreyfus
​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Beth Emet The Free Synagogue

1224 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL, US
Class begins November 29, 2017
Wednesdays,  7 – 9 p.m.
Instructors: Marci Dickman, R.J.E.
​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Congregation Etz Chaim

1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL, US
Class begins December 3, 2017
Sundays, 12 – 2 p.m.
Instructors: Rabbi Fred Kamil, Rabbi Rebecca Kamil, and Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky
​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL, US
Class begins January 10, 2018
Wednesdays, 7 – 9 PM
Instructors: Rabbi Frederick Reeves and Cantor David Berger
​​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, US
Class begins January 22, 2018
Mondays, 6:45 – 8:45 PM
Instructors: Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Scott Gellman, Cantor Sheerah Ben-David, Jay Rapoport, and Melanie Goldberg
​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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North Shore Congregation Israel and Lakeside Congregation
1185 Sheridan Rd 60022-1207, Glencoe
Class begins January 22, 2018
Mondays, 7 – 9 PM
Instructors: Rabbi Lisa Greene, Rabbi Ike Serotta, Dr. Roberta Goodman, and Vanessa Ehrlich, RJE
​​​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

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Chicago Sinai Congregation
15 W Delaware Place, Chicago
Class begins April 12, 2018
Thursdays, beginning  6 - 8 PM
Instructor:  Rabbi Allison Tick Brill
​​​​Questions? mailto:jbwasserman@urj.org

 


Student Testimonial

Read a blog piece, 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
Tuition: 

$275/plus cost of books (for a single student or a couple)

Length: 
18 weeks
Contact
Joy Wasserman

872-256-1818