Interfaith Outreach

Introduction to Judaism

Classes will be held online* from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Introduction to Judaism is a free 24 week course 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. If applicable, the spouse or partner of the participant who is contemplating conversion is required to take the course. 
  4. Lappin Foundation will fund the cost of immersion in the mikvah (ritual bath) for individuals converting to Judaism.

Sponsoring Rabbi

Individuals who are taking the course for conversion to Judaism are required to have a sponsoring rabbi. If you need assistance selecting a sponsoring rabbi or for more information about Introduction to Judaism contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or dcoltin@lappinfoundation.org.

Tuition

Tuition is free. Participants are responsible for purchasing any required books.

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

Schedule of Classes

Date Teacher Topic
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Rabbi Lewis What is Judaism?
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Rabbi Lewis Blessings
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Rabbi Lewis Prayer
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Rabbi Kudan History
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Rabbi Kudan History
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Rabbi Kudan History
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Deborah Coltin Holocaust
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Rabbi Meyer Lifecycle
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Rabbi Meyer Lifecycle
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Rabbi Meyer Lifecycle
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Rabbi Meyer Lifecycle
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Alex Matthews Jewish Calendar/Holidays
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Alex Matthews Jewish Calendar/Holidays
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Alex Matthews Jewish Calendar/Holidays
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Rabbi Ragozin Jewish Text
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Rabbi Ragozin Jewish Practice
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Rabbi Adler Jewish Mysticism
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Rabbi Ragozin Jewish Practice
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Rabbi Ragozin Jewish Practice
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Rabbi Perlman Israel
Thursday, November 18, 2021 Rabbi Perlman Israel
Thursday, December 2, 2021 Rabbi Perlman Prayer
Thursday, December 9, 2021 Rabbi Adler Jewish Ethics
Thursday, December 16, 2021 Rabbi Adler Jewish Ethics/Closing

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

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.

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