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Introduction to Judaism

Our Introduction to Judaism course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. The class provides a place for people of all backgrounds to deepen their understanding of Judaism, reconnect with their roots, or lay the foundations for pursuing conversion. It is accessible to those with any level of knowledge of Judaism—including those starting from scratch—without sacrificing a high level of intellectual engagement and sophisticated approaches to foundational topics such as Torah, history, Jewish identity, Israel, antisemitism, Shabbat, and kosher laws. 

Previous cohorts have joined us from around the country as well as many local to New York City. Our students are: of patrilineal Jewish heritage, pursuing affirmation of their Jewish identity, multi-faith couples taking the class together, spiritual seekers who are curious to learn more, and people of all ages who want to reconnect with their Judaism. 

The class takes place on Zoom and is supplemented with in-person events such as Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and cultural events. 

It has been a true joy to teach this class, and I look forward to working with our next cohort. The first class for the winter intake will take place on Tuesday February 8, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM, and the session will continue until September 2022. 

Registration for the winter intake has now closed. Contact Dani Kogan with any questions.  

Rabbinic Fellow Grace Gleason

Written By Grace Gleason

Grace Gleason is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to rabbinical school, she pursued her love of Talmud at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Yeshivat H...

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