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Intro to Judaism: 16 week series begins

Thursday, October 11, 2018 • 2 Cheshvan 5779

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMTemple Emanuel Sinai, Worcester

This course is for all who wish to learn more about Judaism, or get a refresher on the basics. It is for Jews and non-Jews. The course can provide a foundation for those interested in conversion to Judaism, when accompanied with additional learning and practice as determined with your sponsoring rabbi. It is being team taught by Rabbis Gurevitz and Eiduson of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough, along with Rabbi Swarttz of Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Westborough), Rabbi Fellman of Beth Israel (Worcester), and Rabbi Cohen of Temple Emanuel-Sinai (Worcester). Classes will be held in Worcester and Westborough - please check the calendar listing for the location of each session. The course is free for members of the four sponsoring congregations (Temple Emanuel-Sinai, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation B’nai Shalom, and Beth Tikvah Synagogue). The course fee is $150 for all others, payable in full online or by check on November 10 (However, no-one will be turned away for financial reasons; please speak privately with one of the rabbis if a financial accommodation is needed). Dates and locations of sessions are at the bottom of this page.

The sponsoring congregations are Congregation B'nai Shalom, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel and Temple Emanuel-Sinai.

Introduction to Judaism Curriculum

 

Date

Topic

Location

Intro

10/11/18

Introductions/Telling our Stories/Overview of the Jewish Story

Temple Emanuel Sinai           661 Salisbury St, Worcester

1

10/18/18

Jewish Time I: The Calendar (overview), & High Holy Days

Temple Emanuel Sinai

2

10/25/18

Jewish Time II: Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot

Temple Emanuel Sinai

3

11/1/18

Jewish Philosophy and Theology

Temple Emanuel Sinai

4

11/8/18

The Jewish Canon (the Hebrew Bible)

Congregation Beth Israel         15 Jamesbury Drive Worcester

5

11/15/18

Rabbinic Aggadah and Halacha (an overview of the sources)

Congregation Beth Israel

6

11/29/18

Hanukkah, Purim, and other holidays

Congregation Beth Israel

 

12/2-10

Festival of Hanukkah

Celebrate at one of the sponsoring congregations!

 

7

12/6/18

Jewish History I: Ancient History through 70CE

Congregation B'nai Shalom   117 East Main St. Westborough

8

12/13/18

Jewish History II: 70CE through today

Congregation B'nai Shalom

9

12/20/18

Shabbat

Congregation B'nai Shalom

10

1/3/19

Prayer, Spirituality, worship

Congregation B'nai Shalom

11

1/10/19

Jewish Lifecycle I (Birth-Marriage)

Congregation B'nai Shalom

12

1/17/19

Jewish Lifecycle II: Illness, Death and Dying

Congregation B'nai Shalom

13

1/24/19

Mitzvot, Ethics, and Social Justice

Congregation B'nai Shalom

14

1/31/19

American Judaism (including denominations)

Congregation B'nai Shalom

15

2/7/19

The Modern State of Israel, and anti-semitism

Congregation B'nai Shalom

 

2/14/19 and/or 2/28/19

Snow date make up dates

TBD

 

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