Journey Into Judaism at CBI in 5780

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

I’m delighted to be able to share that I will once again be offering CBI’s Journey Into Judaism class in the coming Jewish year, in association with the Miller Introduction to Judaism program.

What is CBI’s Journey Into Judaism class?

Some people call this a ‘conversion class,’ and it can serve that purpose. Last year some who took the class were not Jewish when we began and chose to become Jewish by the time we finished! And, it doesn’t have to serve that purpose. You are welcome to take this class if you are already Jewish and “just” want to learn more about our traditions. And you are welcome to take this class if you are considering choosing Judaism, even if you don’t ultimately decide to “take the plunge” and join the Jewish people at the end of the year.

What are the logistics?

We’ll meet regularly for about nine months, starting after the fall holidays, culminating around Shavuot. Day and time will be determined by the scheduling needs of participants, to the best of my ability. If you are interested in taking the class, please tell the office (or me.) After the holidays we’ll reach to everyone who’s signed up, and will wrangle schedules together.

We will use the same textbook we’ve used in recent years, and will once again augment it with outside reading, hevruta (paired) study, field trips, and experiential opportunities.

If you are interested in taking part, please let us know as soon as possible. I look forward to beginning the new Jewish year by diving into this learning with y’all again!

Blessings as Rosh Hashanah approaches—

Rabbi Rachel

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