Introduction to Judaism

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

URJ and Reform congregations provide classes to help you explore and understand Judaism. Use the location search below to find a congregation near you, or view a list of all classes →

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Explore a modern take on Jewish life. 

Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality. 

Ask questions and discover multiple perspectives. 

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

Open to all, this course is designed for interfaith couples, adults those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience. 

Wherever you are on your journey with Judaism, this class is designed to be a safe and welcoming place for you to explore. 

Our programs welcome people from all backgrounds and are LGBTQ-friendly.  

Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, core beliefs, prayer, the Bible and other sacred texts, history, antisemitism and the Holocaust, Israel, the North American Jewish experience, and the diversity 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. Many communities offer tuition discounts for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.   

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