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Introduction to Judaism: Pennsylvania

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A course for anyone interested in exploring Judaism—interfaith couples, those considering conversion and Jews looking for adult-level basics—to the fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice. Topics include Jewish holidays and life cycle events, theology and prayer, Israel, history and Hebrew.

If you have any questions, email Rhoda Ryba.

General Information

Classes meet once a week for two hours on weekday evenings, or Sunday mornings.

Tuition for the 16-week course is $275. A non-refundable $50 registration fee is included. We strongly encourage couples to attend together, and the tuition covers both partners. If you are yourself a member of a URJ-affiliated Reform congregation, the tuition is $180.

If you are taking the class with a significant other, after you have completed the information for the primary student when registering online, please make sure you click "Add Guest" on the third page and then enter your partner's information, as well.

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General Information

$275, $180 for URJ congregation member

16 weeks
Rhoda Ryba


About the Coordinator

Rhoda Ryba joins the URJ with over 30 years of experience in hospital and health plan management, serving at the senior management level in large nonprofit health care organizations in Portland, Seattle, and Albuquerque. Now retired from her healthcare career and living in nearby Glenside, PA, Rhoda is active in her synagogue and within the Jewish community. She describes herself as a committed Jew-by-choice, having previously completed this URJ Introduction to Judaism course; and she is excited to have some part in assisting others on this path.