Introduction to Judaism - South Area Boston

Introduction to Judaism - South Area Boston

Supporting Interfaith Couples & Individuals Exploring Judaism

  • Explore a modern take on Jewish life.
  • Engage with Jewish values, celebration and spirituality.
  • Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives, and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.
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Course Information
Required Reading

Course Information:
Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens.

Open to all, this 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.

Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, theology and core beliefs, Hebrew, prayer, the Bible and other sacred texts, history, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and Israel, the American Jewish experience, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today.

The course reflects the approach of Reform Judaism and is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. Outstanding and experienced faculty encourage students to raise questions and engage deeply and personally with all topics. 

Classes meet Sundays 2:00pm-4:30pm. For specific dates, see the course syllabus.

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    Discounted tuition rates for individuals/couples who are members of sponsor synagogues.

    •  $275 - individual
    •  $200 - individual (member of sponsor synagogue)
    •  $375 - couple
    •  $300 - couple (member of sponsor synagogue)

    Sponsor Synagogues: Temple Beth David (Westwood), Temple Beth David of the South Shore (Canton), Temple Chayai Shalom (Easton), Temple Etz Chaim (Franklin), Temple Sinai (Sharon)

    *Tuition rates include a $15 non-refundable administration fee. 


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    Classes meet Sundays, 2pm - 4:30pm

    Date Session Topics Location Faculty
    12/8 1 Welcome & Introductions; What is Judaism? God, Torah, & Israel Westwood Citrin


    2 Shabbat; The Synagogue  Westwood Citrin
    1/5 3 Prayer, Music, and Hebrew Westwood Citrin
      4 Shabbat Dinner and Worship Services  Easton Carr
    1/12 5 The Jewish Historical Experience Westwood Alpert
    1/26 6 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; Israel and Zionism Westwood Alpert
    2/2 7 The American Jewish Experience; Streams of Judaism; Tapestry of the Jewish People Westwood Alpert
    2/9 8 The Jewish Calendar; High Holy Days Canton Winship
    2/23 9 The Jewish Holidays: Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot Canton Winship
    3/1 10 Jewish Holidays: Purim & Hanukkah; the Jewish Life Cycle: Marriage, Partnership Canton Winship
    3/8 11 Visit to Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh in Newton; Conversion (Special Location and Time) Newton Zupan
    3/15 12 The Jewish Life Cycle, cont’d: Welcome Baby!; Raising Children and Lifelong Jewish Learning; End of Life, Death, and Mourning Sharon Carr
    3/22 13 The Bible & Rabbinic Texts Sharon Meszler
    3/29 14 Seeing Yourself in the Jewish Story; “Ask a Rabbi”; Next Steps – Being Part of the Jewish Community Sharon Meszler
    4/5   Make-up Class Sharon Meszler
    4/12 15 Hebrew Marathon Day  Sharon Meszler

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    Required Reading:


    Other Suggested Reading:

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    To complete your registration by check, 
    make check payable to "Temple Sinai." 
    Mail to:

         Temple Sinai 
         Attn: Introduction to Judaism - South Area
         25 Canton Street
         Sharon, MA 02067

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