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Questions? Please contact Joy Zotalis at or 257-2944.

Sponsored by Beth Israel Center, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, and Temple Beth El.

This January, Madison rabbis and educators will teach our bi-annual, cross-denominational Introduction to Judaism course. We will cover a wide range of topics concerning the fundamentals of Jewish thought, history, and practice over the 16 sessions we will spend together. This course is open to anyone who is interested in learning about the basics of Judaism. It's perfect for those thinking about converting to Judaism, interfaith couples, or individuals who would like to broaden their knowledge. 

Syllabus and Dates
Class begins on Thursday, January 9 and runs until Thursday, May 14. It meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Eight sessions will be held at Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, and eight sessions at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street. In addition to the Thursday class sessions, we will organize special excursions around Jewish Madison. 

Check out our class syllabus and schedule.

Members of a Madison synagogue: $100 per person, $175 per couple 
Non-members: $150 per person, $250 per couple
Undergraduate or Graduate students: $50
*We have a twelve student minimum for the class to take place. Scholarships are available. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Reading List
We suggest reading these books throughout the course:

- Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant and Howard Cooper
- The Jewish Holidays by Michael Strassfelsd
- Finding God by Rifat Sonsino and Daniel Syme
- A Short History of the Jewish People by Raymond P. Scheindlin

Other Resources


Tue, May 26 2020 3 Sivan 5780