Practical Judaism Class

//Practical Judaism Class
Practical Judaism Class 2017-09-12T14:02:09+00:00

Join us! 

  • Are you Jew curious?
  • Were you born Jewish but you want to know more?
  • Are you interested in finding out about conversion?
  • Is your partner Jewish and you want to participate more fully?

If any of these describe your interest, then this class is for you!

CLICK HERE to Register!

Join Rabbinic Student Debi Lewis (Debi Scott) for an introductory look at the fundamental practices of Judaism. This class will be an experiential take on how to “do Jew.” We will meet once a week and we will take a hands on approach to exploring the fundamental practices and rituals of Judaism. This class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as people looking for a fresh take on a timeless tradition.

Topics Include: “Prayer: What’s with all the bowing?” “Tzedakah, how to begin and sustain the practice”,”Blessings for Shabbat”, “How to make a Challah” and many more.

Enrollment remains open throughout the year, and a yearlong commitment to this class s a basic requirement for anyone considering conversion. The cost of class is included in CBB membership, or $180 for unaffiliated community members.

*Classes are subject to minor changes. The best way to stay up to date with last minute changes is by signing up for our e-newsletter. You may email in order to sign up for our e-news, which is available to all community members.

Practical Judaism Class Schedule 17/18

***Handouts will be provided unless otherwise noted.

Date Topic Information
Oct 18 Introductions – Practical Judaism on one foot An introduction to who we are and why we are all together on this transformative journey.
Oct 25 What is with all the bowing? Jewish Prayer – Choreography (sitting, standing, bowing, shuckling) when we do what we do.
Nov 1 Jewish Prayer Continued It is a big topic folks. We will continue our discussion about Jewish Prayer
Nov 8 Jews by Choice: A guest panel Join us as we host a panel of “Jews by Choice” who will share tell their own stories of conversion and answer any questions that you may have.
Nov 15 Shabbat: Palace in Time The greatest Jewish invention– a weekly vacation from ordinary time, a chance to unplug from our distractions and reconnect with each other and ourselves.
Nov 22 No Class
Nov 29 Understanding Jewish Ritual Objects From Torah and Tefillin to Mezuzot and Tzedakah boxes: We will explore the many ritual items found in the synagogue and in the homes of the Jewish people.
Dec 6 Hanukah: Festival of Lights There are many ritual objects that we associate with Hanukah; tonight we will learn how to light the Hanukiah (and why it is not called a Menorah). We will spin some driedels and snack on some Gelt. We will also spend some time talking about how to navigate the other winter holidays with family and friends.
Dec 13 No Class
Dec 20 Never Again: A Story from the Holocaust Hear first-hand testimony from a survivor of the Holocaust and recommit to building a world where such horrors will someday be impossible.
Dec 27 Starting Over: The High Holy Days We will take a hands on approach to renewal rituals and what we do during this season
Jan 3 The Jewish mission to Heal the World In this class, we will talk about social justice, arguably the essential Jewish mission. We will explore key concepts like tzedakah (righteous giving) and Tikkun olam (healing the world).
Jan 10 A Time to Mourn: Traditions for Death, Grief & Healing Judaism teaches us to approach life’s hardest moments with compassion and community. Explore the practices that help us navigate grief and heartache, and move from sadness to renewed life.
Jan 17 Minor Holidays We will discuss the observance of the minor Holidays such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu B’shevat, Shavu’ot and Tisha B’Av.
Feb 7 Music with Cantor We will enjoy some fantastic music with the Cantor
Feb 14 No Class
Feb 21 Kashrut: Jewish Dietary Laws We sit down to eat multiple times a day– what if each time could be an opportunity to affirm our deepest values and connect with our ancient ancestors? Kashrut teaches us to eat mindfully. We will have a master challah guest baker in class this evening.
Feb 28 Purim: Haman (Booo!) The Spiel, the food and practices of the Holiday of Purim
Mar 7 Jewish Ethics How do we “Love our Neighbor as ourselves”
Mar 14 The Ten Commandments Need we say more
Mar 21 Blessings: What do we Bless and Who can Bless? We will discuss and practice a few of the 100 blessings that we are to say every day.
Mar 28 Passover We re-enact this redemption every year at the Seder. We will end our time to together with a mock Seder.