Introduction to Judaism

Welcome to Introduction to Judaism!

  • This class is open to all interested persons, regardless of religious orientation or exposure. While various texts are used, this is a discussion-oriented program.
  • Dates are the following Sundays from 10:00am-Noon at the Federation office, 2130 21st St., Sacramento:
    November 18, 2018
    December 2, December 9, December 16, 2018
    January 6th, January 13, January 20 (NO CLASS/MLK Day Observance), January 27, 2019
    February 3, 2019 (NO CLASS/Super Bowl), February 10 (Early Start due to AIPAC Luncheon), February 17 (NO CLASS/President's Day), February 24, 2019
    March 3, March 10 (NO CLASS/Jewish Film Festival), March 17 (Class will run until 1:30pm because of S'udah and Purim Shpiel), March 24, March 31, 2019
    April 7, April 14 (Class will run until 1:30pm because of a Model Seder), April 21 (NO CLASS/Pesach and Easter), April 28, 2019 (NO CLASS/Yom Hashoah)
    May 5 (Class in the morning/Jewish Heritage Festival), May 12 (NO CLASS/Mother's Day), and May 19, 2019.*
  • Registration is required for all participants of the class. You may download and mail a registration form or email it to
  • Cost of the course is $180 per person (18 sessions -- extra time for March 17 and April 14 sessions equals one session). Please ensure check (preferred method of payment) is submitted prior to the start of class.
  • Partial scholarship may be awarded by sponsoring Rabbi on a case-by-case basis.
  • Full scholarship may be awarded to full-time college students. Copy of School ID/Class Schedule required.
  • Introduction to Judaism is co-sponsored with the Sacramento Area Board of Rabbis.

    Facilitated by Leslie Kuperstein, who brings a lifetime of experience in Jewish education and leadership to her teaching. Leslie studied in the Joint Program of Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary, finishing her degree at University of California, Davis. She has taught students aged preschool to adults in New York, New Jersey, Israel, and almost every synagogue in the Sacramento area at one time or another. She was the Director of Education at both Congregation Beth Shalom and Mosaic Law Congregation and has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the Shalom Day School for over 30 years. She currently teaches at the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

    Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. This book is an engaging and definitive overview of Jewish philosophy and theology, rituals and customs. Combining quality scholarship and sacred spiritual instruction, Living Judaism is a thought-provoking reference and guide for those already steeped in Jewish life, and a comprehensive introduction for those exploring the richness and grandeur of Judaism. Celebrating the pluralism of the contemporary Jewish community, Living Judaism acknowledges and honors the broad spectrum of Jewish thought and the wide variety of Jewish observance.

    A recognized Jewish Tanach (bible). JPS is good, so is Artscroll, The Torah (URJ Press), or The Gutnick Edition. Non-Jewish printings differ in their translations, interpretations, and even in chapter and verse breaks.

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