(Re) Introduction to Judaism

(Re)Introduction to Judaism Course

 This year-long course taught by Rabbi Drorah Setel is an exploration of Judaism as an adult tradition and practice. It is intended both for those new to Judaism and those who would like a more contemporary and nuanced understanding of Jewish experience. Each class will combine historical, spiritual, and visual sources for study. Participants may take Unit 1, Unit 2 or both as desired.

The course will be offered Sundays from 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Unit 1 beginning 

  • Judaism or Jewishness? A religion, race, ethnicity or all of the above and more?
  • In The Beginning: The Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Israel
  • By the Waters of Babylon: Diaspora and Return
  • Paradise is in the Sages: The Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism
  • Philosophers and Mystics: Medieval Jews in Muslim Lands
  • In the Shadow of the Cross: Medieval Jews in Christian Lands
  • The Emergence of Modernity: Judaism becomes a Religion.
  • To Bigotry No Sanction; To Persecution No Assistance: Jews in the United States
  • To Be a Free People in Our Own Land: Zionism and the State of Israel
  • Out of the Whirlwind: The Shoah and its Continuing Aftermath
  • In Every Tongue: World Jewry Today

Unit 2:

  • Being or becoming a Jew: Who is a Jew and who decides?
  • Lifecycles I: Birth and B’nai Mitzvah
  • Lifecycles II: Gender, Sexuality and Marriage
  • Lifecycles III: Aging, Death and Dying
  • Holidays I: Shabbat
  • Holidays II: The Days of Awe
  • Holidays III: The Three Pilgrim Festivals
  • Holidays IV: Minor Holidays and Fast Days
  • Jewish Prayers and Prayerbooks
  • Looking Ahead: Trends in Contemporary Jewish Life

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