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On One Foot: A Introduction to Judaism for Everyone

Judaism is a world unto itself, encompassing rituals, ideas, and thousands of years of history. If you’ve been curious about Jewish learning but didn’t know where to start, this is the place for you! The American Jewish University’s On One Foot curriculum covers all of the essentials in an interactive format that encourages personal engagement. Join Rabbis Abe Friedman, Abi Weber, and many other community rabbis for a year-long adventure in Jewish learning.

This course is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts. The course workbooks are prepared individually for students, and are available through the Temple office. Each session is recorded, so that if you are unable to attend a class, you can view the recording to keep up.


This class is offered in cooperation with the Rabbi Morris Goodblatt Academy Introduction to Judaism Program sponsored by the Philadelphia Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, which represents Conservative Jewish rabbis in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Students interested in conversion should schedule an appointment to meet with one of the BZBI rabbis.

Class Schedule 2022 – 2023

Below is a list of meeting dates and topics. Classes are offered weekly on Wednesdays between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, except for holidays as noted below, and extenuating circumstances.

October 26, 2022
Class #1: From Creation to the Edge of the Wilderness

November 2, 2022
Class #2: The World of the Bible

November 9, 2022
Class #3:  A Heart of Many Rooms: Exploring Jewish Diversity

November 16, 2022
Class #4: Holidays: The Great Wheel of the Jewish Year

November 23, 2022
No Class Today – Thanksgiving Break 

November 30, 2022
Class #5: Shabbat: A Palace in Time

December 7, 2022
Class #6: When Do I Bow? And Other Questions About Jewish Prayer

December 14, 2022
Class #7: Passover: The Jewish Master Story

December 21, 2022
Hanukkah Celebration

December 28, 2022
No Class Today – Winter Break 

January 4, 2023
Class #8: God: Encountering the Holy

January 11, 2023
Class #9: Talmud: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

January 18, 2023
Class #10: Starting Over: The High Holy Days

January 25, 2022
Class #11: Kashrut: The Original Soul Food

February 1, 2023
Class #12: Philosophers, Poets & Mystics: The Jewish Middle Ages

February 8, 2023
Class #13: Love, Marriage & Kosher Sex

February 15, 2023
Class #14: Birth to B’nei Mitzvah: Raising a Mensch

February 22, 2023
Class #15: A Time To Mourn: Traditions for Death, Grief and Healing

March 1, 2023
Class #16: Out of the Darkness: Stories from the Holocaust

March 8, 2023

March 15, 2023
Class #17: Israel: Dreaming of Deliverance

March 22, 2023
Class #18: The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

March 29, 2023
Weather Make Up Day