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Introduction to Judaism: St. Louis

Introduction to Judaism: St. Louis

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Overview: 

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 18-session course created in partnership between the Union for Reform Judaism, the Association of Reform Rabbis of St. Louis, and local Reform congregations. The class is for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. Open to all, 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, Jewish family and home life, prayer and Jewish texts, Jewish history including the Holocaust, modern Israel, the American Jewish experience, interfaith family considerations, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today. The course includes a tour of the Holocaust Museum and a Friday night Sabbath program at United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield.

Our faculty are rabbis and cantors from St. Louis area Reform congregations. They are accessible, engaging, and caring teachers who are open to all questions and concerns. Join our class where everyone and their questions are welcomed, and open and honest discussion is encouraged.

All students are asked to connect with a rabbi or cantor to discuss this course and your interest in Judaism. If you have not already connected with a rabbi or cantor, please contact Steve Sorkin at (314) 727-3015 or ssorkin@urj.org, who will be happy to help you find a rabbi or cantor near you.  (There is no charge for this.)

Before class begins, students will receive detailed course materials by email, including a list of required course books.

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October 9, 2018 — February 19, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman at Kingshighway- in the Central West End
St. Louis, MO 63108

The 18-session course includes a tour of the Holocaust Museum and a Friday night Sabbath program at United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield. Before class begins,  students will receive detailed course materials by email, including a list of required course books.

Tuition: $275/individual
$350/couple

 

About the Coordinator

Steve Sorkin is the Midwest class coordinator for the Union for Reform Judaism. He also currently serves as an associate for the St. Louis Rabbinical Association and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Steve has worked in the nonprofit sector his whole adult life, in the fields of public health, environment, consumer rights, campaign management, and Jewish community relations. He has served as an advocacy and community relations consultant to many national and local nonprofit organizations. Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, and has lived there all of his life except for his college years, when he received a BA in Urban Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is married to Jeane Vogel, an artist, and has a son age 26 and a daughter age 22. His outside interests include oldies music and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Contact:

Steve Sorkin
ssorkin@urj.org
(314) 727-3015

General Information
Tuition: 

Tuition: $275/individual
$350/couple

Length: 
18 Sessions
Contact
Steve Sorkin

(314) 727-3015

Testimonial

The rabbis who taught Intro were excellent in their approach to each topic, every person and all questions. I really enjoyed the very open approach.