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Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism - Intro Module

Introduction to Judaism Classes

Introduction to Judaism classes

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 18-session course for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens.

Open to all, this course is meant for individuals and couples from Jewish and various faith traditions and cultural backgrounds and those who have had no religious upbringing. The 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.

Join our class where everyone and their questions are welcomed. Created in partnership between the Union for Reform Judaism and local Reform congregations, Introduction to Judaism is a course for anyone interested in exploring Judaism.

The course, which reflects the approach of Reform Judaism, is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. Our outstanding and experienced faculty encourage students to raise questions and engage deeply and personally with all topics. In some communities, the course is team-taught by local clergy. Find a class in your area using the links located at the right.

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.

Intro to Judaism - Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

"I would highly recommend this course to anyone seeking more knowledge and understanding of Judaism... I have also been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people that I now consider to be friends."
Erin B., LA

Jeff"My fellow students came from various faith traditions and backgrounds. All of our questions were encouraged, and our discussions were robust."
Jeff S., Miami, FL

 

dan.png"Our teacher was warm and approachable... She presented viewpoints on each of the topics, complementing the diversity of experience within our group."
Dan A., Washington, D.C.

 

Julia K"The intimate atmosphere allowed for asking questions and sharing personal stories."
Julia K., New York, NY

Intro to Judaism - Faculty Testimonials

Faculty Testimonials

Cantor-Caitlin-Bromberg_0_0.jpg"I love the diversity of the students in my Introduction to Judaism classes.Each person raises such thought-provoking questions and adds their unique perspective to our lively class discussions."
Cantor Caitlin O’Sullivan Bromberg, NY/NJ

rabbi-eric-gurvis-1.jpg"I love working with our Intro groups. I have the opportunity to open Jewish tradition, history and values to the group members. I also learn myself from their question and insights. Over the years these programs have been among my favorites in which I have the privilege of teaching."
Rabbi Eric Gurvis, Newton, MA

Marci_Dickman_300RGB_0.jpg"Teaching URJ Introduction to Judaism courses has been inspiring.  Creating safe space for adults to explore Jewish values, customs and history allows participants to reflect on their own beliefs, practices and yearnings. It maybe an introductory class, but it is truly an exploration of meaning in the midst of one's life journey."
Marci Dickman, Chicago, IL