Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism is a hands on course that teaches beginners about the basics of Jewish thought and practice. The class presents a mix of study, discussion, and practical experiences designed for all interested in exploring a Jewish life for themselves-interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and Jews looking for adult-level basics. Topics include Jewish holidays and life cycle events, theology and prayer, Israel, and history.

Contact Betsy Zalaznick for more information on classes.

Becoming A Jew: Questions & Answers

Each year in North America thousands of people convert to Judaism. While each person's path into Jewish life is unique, there are many shared questions. This page is intended to answer some of these basic questions and to point the way to additional sources.

Please contact Rabbi Forman if you would like to explore this topic further.

First Person Perspectives on Becoming a Jew

This page is a collection of first person perspectives written about becoming and being a Jew. Read the heartfelt stories and poetry these people have chosen to share. Please feel free to pass along these perspectives to friends and loved ones.

Glossary & Bibliography

Judaism is more than just a religion: it's a culture, a language, and a way of life. Integrated fully into Jewish tradition are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings resonate throughout the Jewish community. The glossary will introduce you to some of the more common sayings appropriate for lifestyle and holiday events.

Learn about the Jewish holidays and explore the customs and traditions of Reform Jews throughout North America. Click to see how our Reform congregations weave celebration and tradition into their communities. This site includes a calendar and explanation of all holidays.

Interested in doing some further reading on Jewish topics? See our Bibliography.