The Miami-Dade Introduction to Judaism Course provides an opportunity to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. Participants will gain familiarity with the symbols, liturgy, music, traditions and Hebrew blessings that accompany Jewish celebrations in the home and synagogue. Reform rabbis, cantors, and educators teach this in-depth course.
Introduction to Judaism is designed for individuals and couples wishing to explore Judaism, as well as for those individuals considering becoming Jewish. Partners in interfaith relationships are encouraged to enroll together. Individuals are welcome to bring a friend or family member to support their learning at no additional charge.
The 16-week course is offered two times per year.
To supplement the class experience, each student is asked to work with a sponsoring rabbi or cantor from a local Reform synagogue. If you need help finding a sponsoring clergy member, please call Linda Levin at 212.452.6715, and she will be happy to recommend someone near where you live or work. Please complete the form below, and have it signed by your sponsoring rabbi or cantor. Your registration for this class will be complete once you have met with your sponsor and have registered on-line.
To earn a Certificate of Completion for the course, participants need to:
- Attend at least fourteen out of sixteen class sessions. To make up an absence, you are welcome to attend a class on the same topic during the following semester. Your sponsoring clergy may also be able to work with you independently to cover the material missed.
- Visit the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial prior to the class on the Holocaust.
- Complete all homework assignments and journal entries assigned.
- Attend Shabbat services as directed by your sponsoring rabbi or cantor.
The cost of all books and materials is included in the $335 registration fee, and they will be distributed on the first night of class.
The Miami-Dade Introduction to Judaism course is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators from the Miami area.
Read these blog posts by former students about how this course affected their Jewish journeys.
Finally Finding My Way to Judaism, the Faith that Beckoned
This class gave me deeper historical knowledge and cultural understanding of Jewish traditions – but most importantly, it filled the gap between what I had observed about Jewish life and how I am now living my own Jewish life.
My Reform Jewish Journey: Using My Brain and Finding My Faith
Although I had not been exposed to Jewish religion, language, food, humor, pride, or the like, I felt a pull for many years that finally found nourishment in the Introduction to Judaism class.
About the Coordinator
Linda Lazere Levin has been a Jewish communal professional in Miami for more than 20 years. She has worked with temples, non-profit organizations and educational institutions in the areas of membership outreach and recruitment, human resources, training, programming and leadership development. Linda has a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Linda has coordinated the Miami-Dade Intro course for more than a decade, and is passionate about the learning that the course offers.