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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

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:

Introduction to Judaism - January 6-May 5
This January, Madison rabbis and educators will teach our bi-annual, cross-denominational Introduction to Judaism course. More information and registration here.

Coming this Winter/Spring
Strong Men, Crafty Women: The Book of Judith 
Register Here
Taught by Rabbi Rena Blumenthal, this 5-session class will explore the recurrent theme of strong men defeated by crafty women through the Book of Judith and its Biblical antecedents.

Tue, December 7 2021 3 Tevet 5782