Exploring Judaism

Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach

A Course for Inquisitive Jews, their Significant Others, Those Considering Adult B’nei Mitzvah or Conversion, and Seekers of Knowledge of Jewish Life

Taught by Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton

This 15-week course is designed for those hoping to deepen their understanding of their Jewish heritage, for those exploring Judaism as a spiritual and religious tradition, as well as for those considering conversion to Judaism.

Participants will learn about Jewish values and practices through primary text study and seminar-style classes. Highly interactive, the course explores the major value concepts of Judaism, and offers a chance to wrestle with fundamental questions while learning and interacting with others, and with the tradition’s texts and practices.

BRING: an open mind, a copy of the Hebrew Bible/Tanakh (JPS edition*), and a binder for handouts and notes.

SCHEDULE:
Classes begin September 29, 2016 and continue two THURSDAY EVENINGS a MONTH, 7:30pm-9:30pm, through April 20, 2017. See weekly topics below or click here for full schedule.

LOCATION:
Classroom location is near Main Street and Clegg in Old Ottawa East, on bus routes 5 and 16, with plenty of off-street parking (chair-lift available to lower level).   

FEES:
OrH Full Members and Student Members: $180
Non-OrH Members or Associate Members: $360

TO REGISTER and for more INFORMATION: contact learning@orh.ca

Weekly topics

1 September 29, 2016 The Journey Continues; Rosh Hashanah/New Year
2 October 6, 2016 Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement
3 October 20, 2016 Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simhat Torah/Harvest Festival
4 November 3, 2016 Jewish Home, Kashrut/Food
5 November 17, 2016 Tikkun Olam, Tzedakah – Social Justice
6 December 1, 2016 Theology, Prayer
7 December 15, 2016 Mishnah, Talmud – Sacred Texts I
8 January 5, 2017 Talmud, Midrash – Sacred Texts II
9 January 19, 2017 Jewish Mysticism
10 February 2, 2017 Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees
11 February 16, 2017 Halakha/Jewish Law, Ethics
12 March 2, 2017 Jewish Symbols and Ritual Garb
13 March 16, 2017 Denominations, Jewish Communal Life
14 April 6, 2017 Special Issues in Judaism
15 April 20, 2017 Siyyum/Last session
Tue, 28 February 2017 2 Adar 5777