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Introduction to Judaism: Fundamentals of Belief and Practice

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 8, 2021

One event on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm

One event on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:15 pm

All sessions are held virtually on Zoom until future notice. 

Thursdays, October 15, 2020 – April 8, 2021 (no class Nov. 5, Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 24, Dec. 31, 2020 / Feb. 25, 2021) 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., except as noted. (Friday, February 5, 2021, Learners Shabbat service at 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, Graduation Shabbat service at 6:15 p.m.)

Instructors: Beth Israel Rabbis

Fee: Beth Israel members $225 per individual, $250 per couple*; Nonmembers $275 per individual, $300 per couple*. The fee includes books and materials. *Couples are two people who register together and share a set of books.

This course is designed for newcomers to Judaism as well as those who wish to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Judaism. You will learn the fundamental concepts of Jewish belief and practice and become more comfortable participating in worship and ritual life.

Topics include synagogue geography, Jewish sacred literature, Jewish views of God, the Jewish lifecycle, worship and prayer, the High Holy Days and festivals, the Jewish home, Zionism and Israel, and much more.

Introduction to Judaism is a prerequisite for conversion candidates, Beth Israel members planning to become adult b’nai mitzvah, and couples planning an interfaith marriage with a Beth Israel officiant.

Complimentary High Holy Days tickets (for Fall, 2021) will be available to those who complete the course.

For more information, call Leanne Shawler, assistant to Rabbi Nevarez, at 858-535-1111, ext. 2520, or e-mail lshawler@cbisd.org, or contact Program Director Ilene Tatro at itatro@cbisd.org or call (858) 535-1111 ext. 2516. Registration is now closed for this class.


Thursday, October 15, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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