Interfaith Outreach

Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism is a free program of Lappin Foundation in partnership with the North Shore Rabbinic and Cantorial Association.  This free 25 week course is designed for individuals of faiths other than Judaism who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism.

For those considering conversion, please note the following:

  1. Regular attendance is required.
  2. Upon completion of the course with approval of your sponsoring rabbi, a participant may proceed to a rabbinic court for conversion. Your sponsoring rabbi will assist you in making the necessary arrangements.
  3. The Jewish partner of the participant who is contemplating conversion is required to take the course along with his / her partner. There is no additional fee for your spouse or partner to attend.

Sponsoring Rabbi

Participants select a “sponsoring rabbi” in order to discuss personal and spiritual concerns that may arise during the course.

If you need assistance selecting a sponsoring rabbi or for more information regarding Introduction to Judaism, please contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org.

Tuition

Tuition is free for individuals who live in or who are affiliated with a Jewish organization in the Foundation’s service area, thanks to generous support from the Morton and Lillian Waldfogel Charitable Foundation.  Participants are responsible for purchasing the books.  For participants outside the Foundation service area, tuition is $425.

Schedule of Classes

Date Time Location Rabbi Topic
October 15, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Michael Ragozin Kashrut
October 20, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi David Meyer Jewish Milestones
October 27, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi David Meyer Jewish Milestones
November 12, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Richard Perlman Jewish Prayer
November 17, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Richard Perlman Jewish Prayer
December 1, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Richard Perlman Jewish Prayer
December 8, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Steven Lewis Modern Jewish Movements
December 15, 2020 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi David Meyer Jewish Milestones
January 5, 2021 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi David Meyer Jewish Milestones
January 12, 2021 7-8:30 pm Zoom* Rabbi Alison Adler Conversion/ Year-End Wrap Up

*Zoom meeting information will be provided by the Rabbi teaching the class.

Introduction to Judaism is funded with generous support from the Mortin and Lillian Waldfogel Charitable Foundation.

Subsidized Conversions to Judaism & Welcome Gift

Under the supervision of a sponsoring rabbi, costs related to conversion, including mikvah (ritual bath) are fully subsidized for men (non-surgical), women and children.

For more information on subsidized conversions, or if you need a rabbi to sponsor your conversion, call Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428, dcoltin@lappinfoundation.org or contact your rabbi.

In celebration of conversion to Judaism and in welcoming the new Jew-by-choice to our Jewish Family, the Foundation is pleased to offer a gift bag of Jewish ritual items. Contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or dcoltin@lappinfoundation.org if you have questions.

Upcoming Programs

Virtual Hanukkah Storytime

Virtual Hanukkah Storytime

Tuesday, December 8 @ 10 a.m. EST on Zoom Hear stories and learn about Hanukkah traditions with Debbie Coltin, Executive Director of Lappin Foundation. Sing a couple of...

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Say the Name Book Discussion

Say the Name Book Discussion

Monday, January 18 @ 6:30 p.m. EST on Zoom Teens are invited to learn about the Holocaust at a special book discussion of Say the Name by Judith H. Sherman. Judith H....

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