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 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. The Fall 2013 Introduction to Judaism Course will be held on Tuesday nights from August 27 - December 10, 2013 and the Spring 2014 Introduction to Judaism Course will be held on Wednesday nights from January 22 - May 7, 2014. Please register for the appropriate class.
To supplement the class experience, each student is asked to work with a sponsoring rabbi from a local Reform synagogue. If you need help finding a sponsoring rabbi, 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, and have it signed by your sponsoring rabbi. Your registration for this class will be complete once you have met with your sponsoring rabbi and 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 rabbi 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.
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 Intro course is taught by reform rabbis and Jewish educators from the Miami area.
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, programming and leadership development. Linda has a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Linda has coordinated the Miami-Dade Intro course for the past nine years and is passionate about the learning that the course offers.