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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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East End Temple

245 E 17th St, New York, NY, US
October 10, 2018 – February 27, 2019
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:45 PM
Instructor: Rabbi Hayley Siegel

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Temple Israel of the City of New York

112 E 75th St, New York, NY, US
November 6, 2018 – March 26, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Instructor: Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

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Temple Emanu-El/Streicker Center

1 East 65th Street New York, New York 10065
November 29, 2018 - April 11, 2019
Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:45 PM
Instructor: Rabbi Peter Weintraub

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Temple Israel of the City of New York

112 E 75th St, New York, NY, US
January 17 – June 6, 2019
Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:45 PM
Instructor: TBD

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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: TBD

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. Please reach out to Frieda Hershman Huberman, fhuberman@urj.org, who is happy to help you make that connection.

About the Coordinator

Frieda Hershman Huberman served as the URJ Manager of Introduction to Judaism and A Taste of Judaism® for 4 years and is excited to be working as the New York/New Jersey Manager. For 16 years prior to coming to the URJ, Frieda worked as the Director of School Services at the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. She also has served as a congregational program director, synagogue education director, day school associate principal and as an Instructor in Jewish education at the University of Judaism (American Jewish University). A Mandel Foundation TEI Fellow, Frieda holds an M.A. from Brandeis University (Hornstein) and undergraduate degrees from Gratz College and Temple University.  She is grateful for the opportunity to guide individuals and couples in their Jewish journeys and passionate about empowering them to find meaning in Reform Judaism. 

In her spare time, Frieda likes to travel, volunteer for social justice and political campaigns and spend time with her growing family.

General Information
Tuition: 

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

Length: 
18 weeks
Contact
Frieda Hershman Huberman

212-650-4241

Testimonial

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