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EXPLORING JUDAISM is OPEN TO ALL those who wish to broaden and deepen their Jewish knowledge.

The curriculum draws on Jewish texts (e.g. Torah, TaNaKH, Mishnah, Talmud, Siddur & Machzor) and includes an exploration of the differences between Liberal Judaism and other Jewish denominations. The course includes the festivals and commemorative days as they come up (the date of the eve of each festival is indicated in bold).

All classes will be held on Shabbat from 2.15-3.45pm, after the Access to Hebrew class (1-2pm)

UNIT 1: AUTUMN FESTIVALS

1.    17.09.16 Elul & S’lichot (S’lichot: 24.09)

2.    24.09. Rosh Ha-Shanah (Erev Rosh Hashanah: 02.10)

3.    01.10 Yom Kippur (Erev Yom Kippur: 11.10)

4.    08.10 Sukkot (Erev Sukkot: 16.10)

5.    15.10 Simchat Torah (Erev Simchat Torah: 23.10)

UNIT 2: JEWISH TEACHINGS

6.    22.10 What is Judaism?

7.    29.10 God

8.    05.11 Torah I

9.    12.11 Special topic: Shabbat services and Spiritual engagement

10.  19.11 Torah II

11.  26.11 Israel: People, Covenant & Land

12.  03.12 What is Liberal Judaism?

13.  10.12 Human Rights Shabbat: Humanity, World & Tikkun Olam

14.   17.12 Chanukkah (1st Chanukkah candle: 24.12)

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 25.12, 31.12, & 07.01.17

UNIT 3: DOING JUDAISM

15.  14.01.17 Tz’dakah & G’milut Chasadim

16.  21.01 Finding your way through the Siddur

17   28.01 Finding your way through the Chumash

18.  04.02 Kippah, Tallit & T’fillin

19.  11.02            Tu Bishvat Seder (Erev Tu Bishvat 10.02)

20.  18.02 M’zuzah, Kashrut & Jewish Particularity

UNIT 4: THE CALENDAR 

21.  25.02            The Calendar & the cycle of the months

22.  04.03 Shabbat I: In the Torah & the halakhah (Jewish law)

23.  11.03 Purim Shabbaton (Erev Purim:11.03)

24.  18.03 Shabbat II: Liturgy and rituals

25.  25.03 Shabbat III: Towards a Liberal Jewish approach to ‘keeping Shabbat’

26.  01.04 Pesach I: The Haggadah & the Seder (Erev Pesach Seder: 10.04)

27.  08.04 Pesach II: Pesach in the Torah

28.  15.04            Omer Period I & Yom Ha-Sho’ah (Erev Yom Ha-Sho’ah: 23.04)

29.  22.04 Omer Period II: Yom Ha-Atzma’ut* & Lag Ba-Omer** &    (Erev*: 01.05; Erev**: 13.05)

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 29.04 & 06.05

UNIT 5: FROM LIFE TO DEATH

30.  13.05 Birth

31. 20.05 Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Kabbalat Torah

32. 27.05 Shavuot (Erev Shavuot: 30.05)

33. 03.06 Kiddushin: Marriage

34. 10.06 Divorce

35. 17.06 Death & Mourning

36. 24.06 Choosing Judaism & Mixed Faith Partnerships and Families

UNIT 6: JEWISH HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

37. 01.07 Jewish History & Geography I

38. 08.07 Jewish History & Geography II

39. 15.07 Tishah B’Av & Jewish Memory END OF YEAR (Erev Tishah B’Av: 31.07)