Introduction to Judaism


Classes are from 10:00am-Noon at the Federation.

Welcome to Introduction to Judaism!

  • This class is open to all interested persons, regardless of religious orientation or exposure.
  • Dates are the following Sundays from 10:00am-Noon at the Federation office: December 3 (note-the first class will be from 1:00-3:00pm), 10 & 17, 2017; 2018 Dates: January 7, 21 & 28; February 4, 11 & 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25; April 1 & 8; June 3.
  • Registration is required for all participants of the class. You may download and mail a registration form or submit the electronic form below.
  • Cost of the course is $180 per person (18 sessions). 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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