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Introduction to Judaism: New York City

Introduction to Judaism: New York City

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Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 18-session course created in partnership between the Union for Reform Judaism and local Reform congregations. It is for anyone who wants to gain 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 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.

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.

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 Manhattan. 

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Temple Shaaray Tefila
250 East 79th Street, New York, NY
February 5 – June 25
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Instructor: Cantor Josee Wolff

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East End Temple

245 E 17th St, New York, NY, US
March 6 – July 24, 2019
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:45 PM
Instructor: Cantor Dana Anesi

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Temple Emanu-El/Streicker Center

1 East 65th Street New York, New York 10065
March 19 - July 30, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
​Instructor: Rabbi Janet Roberts

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Temple Israel of the City of New York

112 E 75th St, New York, NY, US
April 16 - August 13, 2019
​Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
​​Instructor: Rabbi Hayley Siegel

Course Expectations

Classes meet once a week for two hours on weekday evenings. Students are also expected to attend at least one class Friday night Shabbat program.

Tuition for the 18-session course is $320, which includes a non-refundable $50 administrative fee. We strongly encourage couples to attend together; register a partner at no additional cost. Members of URJ congregations receive a tuition discount. 

Before the course begins, students will receive detailed course materials by email, including a list of required course books. Please acquire the course books prior to the first session.

Connect with a Rabbi or Cantor

To supplement the class experience, we recommend that you work with a rabbi or cantor from a local Reform congregation. Those exploring conversion are required to connect with a rabbi or cantor prior to beginning the course. 

General Information

$320 including a $50 non-refundable deposit
$295 for URJ Congregation Member

18 weeks



How I Found My Spiritual Home - and More - in Judaism

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

“The class provided a warm and welcoming environment. My classmates came from varied backgrounds; many will be friends for life."
Kristina L., New York, NY