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Exploring Judaism

Registration is now closed for Exploring Judaism 2022

Led by Temple Israel’s clergy and master teachers, this course is for those born Jewish, interested in Judaism or contemplating conversion, or entering a marriage with a Jewish partner. We will explore Jewish belief and thought through the reality of a pluralistic Jewish world and consistent with historic Jewish tradition. 

Class meets on Wednesdays, January 5 – April 20 from 7 – 8 PM on Zoom.

Once you register, you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to purchase the required textbook, Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity, published by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Topics will include Jewish ethics and values, the principles of Reform Judaism, creating a modern Jewish life, understanding what is behind the High Holy Days and Jewish festivals, the cycle of Jewish life from birth to death and mourning, different understandings of God, prayer and liturgy, sacred Jewish texts, a timeline of Jewish history from the Bible through the Enlightenment; antisemitism and the Shoah, Israel and Zionism, the denominations of American Judaism and Reform Judaism in the 21st century. 

Please contact Judaic Program Specialist, Lynn Owen, at lynno@timemphis.org with any questions.

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