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Introduction to Judaism at CBI

CBI’s Intro to Judaism course invites you to explore Jewish history, culture, traditions, and wisdom in an inclusive environment, where questions are always welcome. Whether you’re considering conversion, Jewish and want to get back in touch with your roots, learning about Judaism for the first time, or merely want to learn for the sake of learning – we welcome all.

Our class follows American Jewish University’s Miller Introduction to Judaism Program curriculum and covers the essentials of Judaism, including its holidays, rituals, ideas, and traditions. Classes are offered in-person on Sunday afternoons, from October 2023 through April 2024, and will be taught primarily by our CBI clergy, Rabbi Adam Greenwald and Cantor Amy Robinson Katz.

October 29, 2023 thru April 7, 2024
Sundays, 1-3pm
Non-Members: $180/individual, $250/couple
Members: $100/individual, $150/couple
Scholarships available for those who need

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Course Outline:

October 29. Torah: Our People’s Story

November 5 Ancient Israel: Kings, Priests, and Prophets

November 12 Two Jews… Three Opinions: Jewish Diversity

November 19 Holy Days: The Festivals of the Jewish Year

December 3 Shabbat: A Cathedral in Time

December 10 Prayer: Keva and Kavanna

January 7 God Wrestling

January 14 The Rabbinic Revolution

January 21 Days of Awe: Understanding the High Holy Days

January 28 Jews + Food

February 4 Under Crescent & Cross: The Jewish Middle Ages

February 11 Love: The Greatest Blessing

February 25 From Generation to Generation: Raising Jewish Kids

March 3 Life’s Hard Times: Walking the Mourner’s Path

March 10  Passover: Exodus and Us

March 17 Hatred and Heroism: Combating Antisemitism

March 24  Israel: A Great Dream

April 7  The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

Schedule and subjects are subject to change.