Introduction to Judaism

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM  |  January 14 – May 5, 2020

with Rabbi Zari Weiss & Rabbi Anson Laytner

This is a 16-week course, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.

Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience.

Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, theology and core beliefs, Hebrew, prayer, the Bible and other sacred texts, history, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and Israel, the American Jewish experience, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today.

Course Requirements  include attending 16 Tuesday evening sessions (make-up sessions available) and attending an Intro to Judaism Shabbaton (Shabbat experience) which will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM at Kol HaNeshamah.

Tuition: $250 / $180 for members of URJ congregations.  Tuition allows for one or two people to attend.  Couples are encouraged to attend together, or bring an interested friend.

Download course syllabus: Intro to Judaism Syllabus

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With Rabbi Zari

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what Judaism has to say about euthanasia?  About what comprises the Jewish Bible and how it differs from the Christian Bible?  Have you wanted to learn what Jewish life was like in the Middle Ages for women, or what happens in a mikvah (a ritual bath)? 

Given how busy people are in the 21st Century, and how reluctant people often are to sign up for on-going classes, we are launching a new and exciting adult education opportunity:  Concierge Learning. You determine what you’d like to study and the rabbi will prepare a personal, private, one-on-one lesson for you.  If you’d like to add an additional session, you can; if you’d like to invite someone else to join you for the session(s), you can.

Contact Rabbi Zari directly at if you’d like to learn something with her.

Tuition: $36/$72  (Please contact Sheila at


Would you like to volunteer to teach at KHN? Please notify Susanna Bluhm Callahan at Volunteer teaching opportunities include a one-day workshop, or a series of classes, or individual Concierge Learning, or even offering a learning experience as an auction item during our annual gala. We can help you decide which option would be the best fit.