Explore a modern take on Jewish life. Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality. Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives, and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.
Beth David is delighted to partner with our neighboring Reform synagogues to offer Introduction to Judaism in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism. Each year, the 16-session course meets at one of our synagogues, and clergy from all congregations co-teach. In 2017-18, the class was held at Beth David. A new class will begin in October 2018, held at Main Line Reform Temple, and Rabbi Kalisch and Cantor Goodlev will teach alongside clergy from Main Line Reform Temple and Temple Shalom.
Open to all, this course is meant for individuals and couples from Jewish and various faith traditions and cultural backgrounds and those who have had no religious upbringing. The 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, 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.
For more information, or to be added to our prospective student list, contact the Introduction to Judaism Coordinator, Elana Shaw, or 212-452-6745. You do not need to be a synagogue member to take this class or any other class at Beth David, but if you are enrolling because you are considering converting to Judaism or becoming part of the Beth David community, Rabbi Kalisch and Cantor Goodlev would love to connect with you so they can support you in your learning; make an appointment.