Basic Judaism Classes: Winter 2022

It’s 2022, a good time to start a basic Judaism class! Here are the ones I’ve been told about so far. I will continue to add to these as more come in.


Intro to Judaism
Maybe you have always wanted to better understand the Aleph-Bet? Perhaps you don’t quite understand the difference between Torah, Talmud, Mishnah, and Midrash? This course might be for you! The course will be taught on a rotating basis by the Peninsula Temple Sholom clergy. Each session will consist of one hour of Judaic learning and one hour of Hebrew learning. Your registration fee includes a Hebrew workbook and all other materials for the course. We are excited to dive deeply into Jewish learning with you!

Tuesdays 7-9 pm beginning January 12th
Continuing for 13 sessions minus February 22nd and March 29th
Via Zoom for the time being
Cost is $100
Register Here:
Hosted by Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
If you have questions contact Rabbi Liora Alban at


Introduction to Judaism​
Rabbi Mark Bloom will be starting an Introduction to Judaism 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.

Cost is $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.

Vaccinations and well fitting masks preferably medical masks, KN 95, N95’s or similar, are required.

Begins Wednesday, January 19
Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, in the Baum Youth Center
For any questions, contact Rabbi Bloom directly at


A number of synagogues run a basic Judaism class from October through the spring. You can scroll through the fall-starting classes here to see if there is one near you that you would like to join.  Contact the hosting synagogue to see if they are adding students. Ask if there is a good time/session to join in. If you are converting, talk to your sponsoring rabbi about joining a class midstream.