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Madison Jewish Community Introduction to Judaism

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, February 29, 2024 20 Adar I 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMTBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom

2. Thursday, March 7, 2024 27 Adar I 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

3. Thursday, March 14, 2024 4 Adar II 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

4. Thursday, March 21, 2024 11 Adar II 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

5. Thursday, April 4, 2024 25 Adar II 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

6. Thursday, April 11, 2024 3 Nisan 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

7. Thursday, April 18, 2024 10 Nisan 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

8. Thursday, May 2, 2024 24 Nisan 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom

9. Thursday, May 9, 2024 1 Iyar 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Israel Center & Zoom
Past Sessions
Thursday, February 22, 2024 13 Adar I 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, February 15, 2024 6 Adar I 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, February 8, 2024 29 Sh'vat 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, February 1, 2024 22 Sh'vat 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, January 25, 2024 15 Sh'vat 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, January 18, 2024 8 Sh'vat 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom
Thursday, January 11, 2024 1 Sh'vat 5784 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - TBE (Frank Adult Lounge) & Zoom

Madison rabbis and educators will teach this biannual, cross-denominational Introduction to Judaism course. We will cover a wide range of topics concerning the fundamentals of Jewish thought, history, and practice over the 16 sessions we will spend together. This course is open to anyone who is interested in learning about the basics of Judaism. It's perfect for those thinking about converting to Judaism, interfaith couples, or individuals who would like to broaden their knowledge. 

Class begins on Thursday, January 11 and runs until Thursday, May 9, 7:00–8:30 pm. We will meet at Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Drive) for the first eight sessions and Beth Israel Center (1406 Mound Street) for the second eight sessions. There will be a remote Zoom option for this class, but we encourage everyone to come in person. Zoom information will be sent to registered participants. We will not meet on March 28 (spring break) or April 25 (Passover). 

Check out our class syllabus and schedule. https://images.shulcloud.com/13416/uploads/Adult-Education/IntrotoJudaismschedule5784.pdf 

Tuition: 

  • Members of a Madison synagogue: $100 per person, $175 per couple
  • Nonmembers: $150 per person, $250 per couple 
  • Undergraduate or Graduate students: $50 per person, $100 couple 

We have a 12-student minimum for the class to take place. Scholarships are available. Tuition does not include the cost of books. 

Reading list: We suggest reading these books throughout the course: 

  • Essential Judaism by George Robinson 
  • Thinking About God by Kari Tuling 
  • The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel 
  • Jewish History: The BIG Picture by Gila Gevirtz 

Other resources: 

Register for this course on the Shaarei Shamayim website. https://www.shamayim.org/form/introtojudaism2024

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