Crash Course in Basic Judaism

In this free, five part crash course, participants will explore (for more in depth descriptions, see below): Belief in God, Prayer, The Sabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Participants will learn the basics of Judaism and receive a free copy of NJOP’s CCBJ Companion Guide chock full of thought-provoking, extra-curricular reading to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

Belief in God: An exploration of humankind’s relationship with God, God’s role in the world and its history, and a discussion of the value of believing in God.

Prayer: Many people think of prayer as an act of the synagogue, but this class demonstrates how Jewish prayer is multifaceted and allows both individual and communal communication with God, as well as an opportunity for self-reflection.

The Sabbath: An explanation of the Jewish concept of the Sabbath and a look at how Shabbat is actually an incredible gift, especially in our modern era of constant technology.

Jewish Observance: An exploration of how the rituals of Jewish life build a moral framework to make one’s own life and society better.

Sexuality: A discussion of how the physical unity between a man and a woman is elevated by the inclusion of a mature and committed understanding of our relationships with one another and with an awareness of every couple’s ability to build and perfect the world.

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The Course is underwritten by a generous grant made by the David Berg Foundation. Each year, Rabbi Buchwald is the featured presenter of the Crash Course as part of the David Berg Lecture series at a location chosen by NJOP.