Introduction to Judaism: Miami-Dade
Introduction to Judaism: Miami-Dade
Introduction to Judaism is a 16-session course for those who are looking for a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. Open to all, this course is designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various faith traditions and cultural backgrounds, and for 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.
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.
Reform rabbis, cantors, and educators teach this in-depth course. Our Introduction to Judaism faculty are accessible, engaging, and caring teachers, and are open to the questions and concerns you may have along the way.
Introduction to Judaism is offered in partnership between the Union for Reform Judaism and local Reform congregations. The 16-session course is offered twice each year: in the spring and the fall.
The Miami-Dade Introduction to Judaism Course provides an opportunity to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. Participants will gain familiarity with the symbols, liturgy, music, traditions and Hebrew blessings that accompany Jewish celebrations in the home and synagogue. Reform rabbis, cantors, and educators teach this in-depth course.
Introduction to Judaism is designed for individuals and couples wishing to explore Judaism, as well as for those individuals considering becoming Jewish. Partners in interfaith relationships are encouraged to enroll together. Individuals are welcome to bring a friend or family member to support their learning at no additional charge.
The 16-week course is offered two times per year.
To supplement the class experience, each student is asked to work with a rabbi or cantor from a local Reform synagogue. If you need help finding a clergy member, please call Linda Levin at 212.452.6715, who is happy to recommend someone near where you live or work.
Please complete the form below, and have it signed by your rabbi or cantor. Your registration for this class will be complete once you have met with a rabbi or cantor and have registered on-line.
Registration and Books
The cost of all books is included in your tuition. Books will be distributed on the first night of class. We strongly encourage couples to attend together; register a learning partner at no additional cost.
The Miami-Dade Introduction to Judaism course is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators from the Miami area.
Read these blog posts by former students about how this course affected their Jewish journeys.
Finally Finding My Way to Judaism, the Faith that Beckoned
This class gave me deeper historical knowledge and cultural understanding of Jewish traditions – but most importantly, it filled the gap between what I had observed about Jewish life and how I am now living my own Jewish life.
My Reform Jewish Journey: Using My Brain and Finding My Faith
Although I had not been exposed to Jewish religion, language, food, humor, pride, or the like, I felt a pull for many years that finally found nourishment in the Introduction to Judaism class.
How a DNA Test and a Dream Led Me to Judaism
As the rabbi helped me define my personal and spiritual journey during our private meetings, my participation in a local Introduction to Judaism class provided the pillars I needed to shape my belief system.
About the Coordinator
Linda Lazere Levin has been a Jewish communal professional in Miami for more than 20 years. She has worked with temples, non-profit organizations and educational institutions in the areas of civic engagement and community service, membership outreach and recruitment, programming, and leadership training and development. Linda has a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Linda has coordinated the Miami-Dade Intro course for more than a decade, and is passionate about the learning that the course offers.