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Conversion to Judaism

Interested in converting to Judaism? Email Rabbi Laurie at for more information. We have an ongoing monthly group for those who are interested.

Adult Bnei Mitzvah
Interested in celebrating an adult bnei mitzvah? Email Joy at to sign up. We will convene our next cohort in April 2021.

Past Classes

  • Beginning Hebrew
  • Raising the Sparks: An Introduction to Kabbala
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Beginning Yiddish
  • There are No Strangers Here: Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation
  • Exploring the Structure and Meaning of Jewish Prayers
  • Building Confidence with Prayers
  • A Moment of Moral Clarity? Understanding the B'Tselem Report on Israeli Aparthei
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Reading The Book of Israela – A Course with the Author
  • Out of the Whirlwind: The Book of Job
  • Strong Men, Crafty Women: The Book of Judith

Take a Class, Join a Group
Shaarei Shamayim offers a variety of adult learning opportunities each year. These classes are a great way to learn something new, meet others in the community, and engage with new ideas. All are welcome. You do not need to be a member to participate. All classes are currently taught on Zoom. 

Current Offerings:

Finding New Ways to Talk About God - August, 2022
In preparation for the High Holidays, this class will explore innovative ways to talk about the divine with Rabbi Rena Blumenthal.  Our High Holiday liturgy is dominated by the theme of “God as King.” But this metaphor feels anachronistic and irrelevant to many contemporary worshippers, and can turn us off to the profound spiritual quest at the heart of the High Holiday experience.  This will be an experiential class; no prior knowledge assumed.  NOTE: We will partially use Toba Spitzer’s new book, God is Here, as a guide for our exploration.  Reading the book in advance (or during the class) is recommended but not required.

Reconstructionists Expanding Our Conversation about Israel/Palestine - September, 2022
Please join us for a new series, which will begin in September. Check out our last series to get a sense of the program.

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782