2022 Fall Basic Judaism Classes

I am beginning to compile a list of the Fall 2022 classes offered by San Francisco Bay Area synagogues and Jewish agencies. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you know of additional classes. (You can email me at dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org)

 Introduction to Judaism
Rabbi Booth’s Introduction to Judaism class will meet on Sundays this year. As always the class is open to everyone.

The schedule of topics is this:
From Sept 11 to Oct 9: Entering the Holidays: An Orientation to the celebration, theology, and liturgy of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot
From Oct 23-Nov 20th – Jewish Theology: This four week session will look at multiple theologies within Judaism as we explore our own relationship to the Divine.
From Dec 4 & 11 – Hanukkah! A look at the only story where we (sort)  won…
Jan 8-Feb 12 – Shabbat and Kashrut – How these most deep of Jewish practices can be meaningful today.
Feb 26-April 2nd – Purim and Passover. We will move from levity to hope as we explore how to practice a Seder of meaning and how to have a great Seder!!
April 16- May 14th – Entering the Siddur
May 21 – Shavuot

Dates:  Sundays, September through May 2023.
Time:   11:25am
Place:   Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto AND on Zoom. https://kolemeth.shulcloud.com/
Cost:    $36 for each unit or $180 for the year
Email Rabbi Booth at rabbibooth@kolemeth.org to receive the link.

Introduction to Judaism
Taught by Rabbi Mark Bloom this class open to anyone and everyone interested in learning about Judaism. Those interested in converting, those who are just exploring, or those who feel they have “gaps” in their Jewish learning are all welcome.  It will run for approximately 12 weeks and will cover Jewish texts, holidays, the Jewish life cycle, prayer, the Holocaust, Israel, and other topics within Judaism.

Dates are: 9/11, 9/18, 10/23, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12
Time:   8 to 9pm
Place:   Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Cost:    $36 (free for a significant other if they want to take it along with you), and one should purchase the book “How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household” on their own.
Medical masks, KN 95, N95’s or similar, are strongly recommended, though the indoor masking policy is subject to change.
For any questions and to sign up, please contact Rabbi Bloom directly, rabbibloom@tbaoakland.org

Introduction to the Jewish Experience
Rabbi Ruth Adar will be starting up her ongoing intro classes this fall. The details are not published yet, but you can learn more here about this Jewish Gateways  sponsored class.  Here is last year’s description which is pretty much what this year will be like also. Contact Rabbi Adar to be put on her email list – CoffeeShopRabbi@gmail.com.
Sunday mornings
Online Class

Miller Introduction to Judaism
The Miller Intro to Judaism strives to be the premier, innovative leader in educating, engaging and supporting Jews-by-Choice, interfaith couples, and those re-entering the Jewish community.
We are more than a collection of classes, we are an embracing community of welcome and inclusion for those who seek a home in the Jewish People. We will serve as a trusted and non-judgmental authority for blended-religion families looking for resources on how to celebrate holidays, educate children and cultivate knowledge of and respect for all the religions in the family.
We believe that the Jewish community is immeasurably enhanced by people of all backgrounds, and we work to reduce obstacles to those newcomers becoming integrated into our community. We envision a Jewish community that sees inclusion as its strength and serves as advocates for the values of welcome, dignity, and respect.
This class is taught by B’nai Shalom’s rabbi, Rabbi Stein.

Dates:  Sundays, beginning October 9 through May 2023
Time:   11am
Place:   In Person @ B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek and on Zoom
Cost:    The Miller program typically costs $550, but B’nai Shalom is offering it FREE.
To enroll email: OfficeAssist@bshalom.org
(Offered in Partnership with American Jewish University)

Introduction to Judaism:  Exploring Jewish Concepts and Practices
This survey course address four questions: how do Jews worship; what holidays do Jews observe; how do Jews approach life cycle events; what do Jews believe. This course at Sherith Israel, or its equivalent elsewhere, is an essential first step in the journey. Class registration opens in August

Free for Sherith Israel members. Class fee for nonmembers is $180 per person. Couples are encouraged to attend together. Scholarships available. No one turned away for financial reasons.  Questions? Give us a call: Gordon 415-349-5206.

Dates:  14 Wednesdays beginning October 19, 2022
Time:   6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place:   Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Cost:    $180
Details and registration here

Introduction to Judaism
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a Jewish partner, and those who are considering conversion to Judaism. Participants register for each trimester separately.

Dates: Fall 2022 – Oct 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec 6, 13
Winter 2023: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 10*, 14, 21, 28
Spring 2023: Apr 18, 25; May 2, 9, 12*, 16, 23, 30
*Shabbat Dinner experience at the Temple.
First session of each trimester will be held in person at Emanu-El; subsequent sessions will be on zoom for ease of accessibility.

Dates:  Tuesdays, Oct. 25 through May 30, 2023
There will be three 8-session trimesters.

Time:   7 to 9pm
Place:   Congregation Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco
Cost:    Per trimester for non-members is $118
Register here