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Introduction to Judaism: Illinois

Introduction to Judaism: Illinois

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Note: If you are looking for our 3 free Taste of Judaism® classes, please visit the Chicago area Taste of Judaism® page.

Introduction to Judaism is a 17-week overview of Judaism, providing a more extensive opportunity to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. Participants will gain comfort and familiarity with the symbols, liturgy, music, traditions and Hebrew blessings that accompany Jewish celebrations in the home and synagogue. Reform rabbis and cantors teach this in-depth course. Introduction to Judaism is designed for individuals and couples wishing to explore Judaism, as well as for those considering becoming Jewish. Partners in interfaith relationships are encouraged to enroll together.

Introduction to Judaism is cosponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Associate of Reform Rabbis.

Fees: $250 per individual or couple for 17 weeks of classes. (Does NOT include textbooks - a list will be provided before class begins).

For more information on Reform Judaism in Chicago, contact Joy Wasserman, Administrative Coordinator for Reform Jewish Chicago, at or 872-256-1818.

Student Testimonial

Read a blog piece, written by a former student, about how taking Introduction to Judaism in Chicago impacted his Jewish journey.

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About the Coordinator

Joy Wasserman serves as the Coordinator of Reform Jewish Chicago, overseeing both the Introduction to Judaism and A Taste of Judaism® programs. Joy is grateful for the opportunity to guide and accompany individuals, couples and families, on their spiritual journeys. She brings much experience, warmth and sense of humor to her work. Joy graduated from the College-Institute’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education with a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education and earned a B.A. (Honours) in Jewish Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada. Joy has served the Reform Jewish community for more than three decades. For fun, Joy and her family love to explore the National Parks across the country.

General Information

$250/plus cost of books (for a single student or a couple)

17 weeks
Joy Wasserman