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!

Registration is now closed for 2018-2019. A new class will begin in October 2019.

Scroll down to learn more and view the 2018-2019 class schedule.

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.

What Others Are Saying

“My husband, Gideon and I enjoyed a meaningful experience attending Practical Judaism led by Debi Lewis. We found the content to be thoughtfully planned, accessible to our interfaith family, and we appreciated the special connections made through shared reflections. This course has great versatility; it’s perfect for people completely new to Judaism, as well as for those raised in a more conservative observant family wanting a supportive refresher. We are grateful to Debi for her time, energy, and passion for continued learning.”

- Kimi Cohn

Practical Judaism Class Schedule 2018-2019

***Handouts will be provided unless otherwise noted.

Date Topic Information
Oct 17 Starting Over: The High Holy Days We will take a hands-on approach to renewal rituals and what we do during this transformative journey.
Oct 24 What is with all the bowing? Jewish Prayer – Choreography (sitting, standing, bowing, shuckling) when we do what we do.
Oct 31 Jewish Prayer Continued It is a big topic, we will continue our discussion about Jewish Prayer
Nov 7 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 14 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 21 No Class
Nov 28 Hanukah: Festival of Lights There are many ritual objects that we associate with Hanukah; 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 5 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 12 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 19 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).
Dec 26 No class
Jan 2 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 9 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.
Jan 16 Music with Cantor We will enjoy some fantastic music with the Cantor
Jan 23 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.
Jan 30 Purim: Haman (Booo!) The Spiel, the food and practices of the Holiday of Purim
Feb 6 Jewish Ethics How do we “Love our Neighbor as ourselves”
Feb 13 No Class
Feb 20 Modern Holidays Yom HaShoah,Yom HaZikaron,Yom Hatzma’ut
Feb 27 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 6 Passover We re-enact this redemption every year at the Seder. We will talk about the story and the food.