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Introduction to Judaism: Greater Washington, DC

Introduction to Judaism: Greater Washington, DC

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Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 16-session course created in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and Reform congregations in the DC area. 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.

Courses are held at a variety of locations in the DC area from September through June. 

Online Registration Open Now:

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Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043
Starting September 6, 2018
Thursdays, 7-9 pm

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Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Starting October 15, 2018
Mondays, 7 - 9 PM

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 connecting with a rabbi or cantor, please email Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein at  or call 301-229-6008, and she will be 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 your rabbi or cantor, returned the clergy form below, and registered on-line.

Course Expectations as Related to Conversion

Introduction to Judaism is not a conversion course, but many Reform rabbis and cantors in the DC area strongly encourage those considering conversion to take the course. The course provides a basis from which those pursuing conversion can continue their individual studies with a rabbi or cantor.

We give a certificate of completion to those who successfully complete the course. Those students who want a certificate of completion can miss a limited number of classes as long as they make up the work for the missed classes with either the class instructor or their rabbi or cantor.

What you can do until your Introduction to Judaism course begins

About the Coordinator

Coordinator and teacher Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein has been teaching Introduction to Judaism for more than ten years, and it is her privilege to be part of the Jewish journeys of her students.  Rabbi Bernstein received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2009. Prior to becoming a rabbi she was a psychotherapist for over twenty years. Rabbi Bernstein is a rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.

General Information

$310 couple

$285 single

URJ Congregation Member Discount: $25

16 weeks
Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein



"Thanks to one Introduction to Judaism course, I overcame hesitation and self-consciousness to confirm wholeheartedly that conversion is the right choice for me. Soon, I will enter the mikveh (ritual bath) and join the Jewish people, and I know that the transition from using “they,” “them,” and “you” to using “we,” “us,” and “I” in my conversations about Judaism will feel completely natural."

"Our teacher was warm and approachable... She presented viewpoints on each of the topics, complementing the diversity of experience within our group."

Dan Albano, Why I Chose to Embrace Judaism