Open to all, Jewish or not
Designed primarily for unaffiliated Jews, non-Jews, intermarried couples and adult children of intermarriage, A TASTE OF JUDAISM® is a free, three-week course for people who have limited or no Jewish background but are interested in learning about Judaism. Many participants are Jews by birth who don’t feel that they know much about their religion, the adult children of interfaith couples, non-Jews who are interested in learning more about Judaism, and partners in interfaith relationships. All sorts of people take this class, including people who want to know more about their Jewish colleagues’ religion, and grandparents of children being raised Jewish who are not Jewish themselves.
Since 1994, A TASTE OF JUDAISM® has engaged nearly 100,000 individuals searching for an easy access point to liberal Jewish life. Rabbi Enid Lader, a knowledgeable and approachable teacher, has presented this course at Beth Israel – The West Temple since 1998, helping many participants gain an understanding of the Jewish religion, and often the desire to pursue further study.
The course covers three topics in two hours each: Jewish spirituality (God), Jewish ethics (Torah) and Jewish community (Israel). It is presented in the fall and spring.
For more information from the URJ on A TASTE OF JUDAISM® please click here.
A FEAST OF JUDAISM is a free six-part continuation of A TASTE OF JUDAISM. Written by local rabbis, these classes delve further into issues of living Jewishly. The course examines the Jewish concept of God, lifecycle events, holiness, holidays, and Israel. The final session is literally a “Feast,” celebrating the variety of Jewish foods and cultures. This program was created to serve as a link between the introductory course and further Jewish study.
The tent of Jewish learning is broad and open to the community to explore and experience. Both programs, sponsored by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, and offered at Beth Israel – The West Temple, are free, but registration is required. Call Sherri Kaufman at 216-371-0446 for further information. See our calendar for upcoming class dates and times.