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                                      Discovering Judaism                           

An engaging multi-session course for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Discover what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism!

Join us for a 20-session course presenting an overview of Jewish rituals, holidays, theology, and the civilization of the Jewish People. 

Judaism is both ancient and modern, a meshing of ideas and action. Using both sacred and secondary sources, you will be exposed to the breadth of Jewish thought, belief, and practice.

Discovering Judaism is ideal for non-Jews considering conversion to Judaism, non-Jews engaged or married to Jews wishing to learn more about Jewish culture, and Jews looking to amplify what they learned about Judaism as children. We’ll explore the Life Cycle (events and rituals), the Holidays, Jewish History, Jewish Prayer, Torah, Talmud and Sacred Texts, Israel, Ethics, and much more.

Who can attend?

Non-Jews who want to learn more about Judaism for general knowledge

Non-Jews engaged or married to Jews and wishing to learn more about Jewish culture

Non-Jews considering conversion to Judaism

Jews looking to amplify their knowledge of Judaism.

All people, perspectives, and questions are welcome!

When do classes meet?

Our first session takes place on Sunday, October 16th, from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.   Please note that, because we partner with congregations in California, the class times will change with Daylight Savings time. 

October 16- October 30 - Class will be held 10:00 am -11:30 am
Daylight Savings ends - November 6
November 6- March 5 - Class will be held 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Daylight Savings begins - March 12
March 12- April 23 - Class will be held 10:00 am - 11:30 am

What will I learn?

Graduates will acquire a foundational, working knowledge of Judaism focusing on the core areas of the Life Cycle, calendar, holidays, Torah, Israel, practice, values, and Jewish history

Graduates will become familiar with Jewish culture

Graduates will be aware of and able to participate in Jewish home practices

Graduates will have the necessary knowledge to decide whether they wish to convert

Who are our teachers? 

In order to bring multiple perspectives and experiences to our students, Temple Emanuel of Tempe is again partnering this year with both a Reform and a Reconstructionist synagogue out of San Diego, CA.  Along with our own Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein, we are proud and grateful to partner with the following spiritual leaders to lead as course instructors; 

Rabbi Devorah Marcus, Temple Emanuel of San Diego, CA 
Rabbi Benj Fried, Temple Emanuel of San Diego, CA 
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, Congregation Dor Hadash, San Diego, CA 

Additionally, Temple Emanuel sponsors a local cohort meeting, after each session, for our registrants which is facilitated by our Discovering Judaism Cohort-Coordinator, Shelley Stern.  In addition to processing what was learned in class online we will also be offering in-person experiences throughout the year, 

Is there a fee?

Yes, the class fee varies depending on membership and affiliation. 

Temple Emanuel Members - $54 per person* 

Non-Members - $250 per person*

*Registration fee includes access for 1 additional person who resides in the same household.

 

Discovering Judaism 5783 (2022-2023)
Registration Form

Dates: 
Sunday mornings over 20 sessions, Sunday, October 16, 2022 - Sunday, April 23, 2023

Course will be taught by:
Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein, Temple Emanuel of Tempe, AZ
Rabbi Devorah Marcus, Temple Emanuel of San Diego, CA
Rabbi Benj Fried, Temple Emanuel of San Diego, CA
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, Congregation Dor Hadash, San Diego, CA


Time*:
*Due to a shared schedule with our partners in California, those in Arizona will have the class time change with the Daylight Saving time change:

October 16- October 30 - Class will be held 10:00 am -11:30 am
Daylight Savings ends - November 6
November 6- March 5 - Class will be held 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Daylight Savings begins - March 12
March 12- April 23 - Class will be held 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Classes will be held Online Only.  A complete schedule and the Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the start of the class. 

Course Fees: 
Temple Emanuel Members - $54 per person
(which includes access for 1 additional person in the same household)

Non-Members - $250 per person
(which includes access for 1 additional person in the same household)


No one will be turned away for financial reasons.
If you are unable to pay the registration amount in full, please contact Angela Sanders at Angela@EmanuelOfTempe.org to discuss alternative arrangements. 

Student Information

Additional Participant
Each registration includes one additional participant from the same household at no additional cost. 
The course fee includes one additional participant at no additional cost. Please provide some additional information about the additional participant below.  

Optional Information 
The following questions are optional.  Please share any information you are comfortable sharing to help us help you with your journey.  

 

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