Introduction to Judaism Classes

Taste of Judaism: Everything you wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask, Sunday afternoons, 1-3 pm at the Jewish Community Centre, December 1st, 8th and 15th: $50. Please contact Rabbi Lynn through Kolot Mayim to register.

Introduction to Judaism classes, Sunday afternoons, 1-3 pm at the Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Avenue: $200. Please contact Rabbi Lynn through Kolot Mayim to register.

1.     January 5th:  Jewish History: Introductions, Overview of why, what to read.  Biblical to CE; Canon, Temple, Egyptians/Assyrians/Greeks/Romans: Mishnah/Talmudic period, development of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity, early medieval period

2.     January 12th Medieval –Emancipation and Enlightenment Movements to Modern era: Language of exile: blood libel, pogrom, shtetl, Pale of Settlement, exile and a language of survival. Lachrymose vs Positive Historical viewpoints.

3.     January 19th  Shoah and State of Israel: 20th century Judaism.

4.     January 26th 11 am:  Jewish Emancipation (Haskalah) and the emerging Reform Movement

5.     February 2nd, Rabbinic Judaism: What we do, when? Learning Torah: Halachah, Mitzvot, Pirke Avot

6.     February 9th, Purim, Hannukah, Tu B’shevat, Tisha B’Av: basic history, premises, food, celebrations

7.     February 16th, Shalosh Regalim: Sukkot, Pesach, Shavuot, how, when, where, what

8.    February 23rd,  Jewish Calendar: Holidays and Festivals: Yamim Noraim, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – teshuvah, food and fasting, Shofar, atonement, observance

9.     March 1st, (In front room – Sharon Kobrinsky using deli) Making a Jewish Home: Making a home Jewish: emphasis of family, education, ethical life, tzedakah, mezuzah, Kashrut, dignity

10.   March 8th,  Passover Seder

11.   March 15th Marriage, Jewish home: mezuzah, candles, the stuff, Children, Mikvah, Conversion

12.    March 22nd No class.

13.   March 29th Children: Bris, Baby naming, Hebrew school/education, B’nei Mitzvah

14.   April 5th End of life: Illness, death, Chevra Kadisha, Levayah, shiva, sheloshim, yartzeit

15. April 12th Jewish values and ethics: Hachnasat orchim; Bal tashit; Shalom Bayit, Lashon ha-rah, chesed, gemilut Hasidim, Mussar movement

16.    April 19th, Shabbat at home: Making Shabbat, shamor v’zachor, Tefillah, candles, table, zemirot

17.    April 26th Synagogue and Prayer: Keva and kavanna, Hebrew, tallis/tefillin, learning Hebrew

18.   May 3rd, Reform Judaism: Basic precepts, non-Halachic, brief comparison to Halachic Judaism, continuity of changing views and practices, patrilineal descent

Introduction to Judaism classes, Sunday afternoons, 1-3 pm at the Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Avenue

Cost:$180 for Kolot Mayim members $10 a session including a complimentary entry to the KM community Seder. ($35 value)  $275 for non-members ($15 per session and complimentary entry to the KM community Seder)($50 value) 
Interfaith couples (couples in a committed relationship and living together) are 2 for the price of 1.