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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, Annie Lewis, 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 and then register directly through the Goodblatt website.

Class Schedule 2020 – 2021

Below is a list of meeting dates and topics. Classes are offered weekly on Wednesday between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM via Zoom, except holidays and extenuating circumstances.

January 20, 2021
Class #1: A sweeping introduction to the Torah

January 27, 2021
Class #2: The World of the Bible: Tour the first thousand years of Jewish history

February 3, 2021
Class #3: Heart of Many Rooms: Jewish diversity

February 10, 2021
Class #4: Holy Days – The Wheel of the Year

February 17, 2021
Class #5: Shabbat – A Palace in Time

February 24, 2021
Class #6: When Do I Bow? (And other questions about Jewish prayer)

March 3, 2021
Class #7: Passover – The Jewish Master Story

March 10, 2021
Class #8: God – Encountering the Holy Rabbi

March 17, 2021
Class #9: Talmud – Argument for the Sake of Heaven

March 24, 2021
Class #10: Starting Over – The High Holidays

April 7, 2021
Class #11: Kashrut – The Original Soul Food

April 21, 2021
Class #12: Philosophers, Poets and Mystics

April 28, 2021
Class #13: Marriage, Love and Kosher Sex

May 5, 2021
Class #14: From Birth to B’nai Mitzvah – Raising a Mensch

May 12, 2021
Class #15: A Time to Mourn – Traditions for Death, Grief and Healing

May 19, 2021
Class #16: Out of the Darkness – Stories from the Holocaust

May 26, 2021
Class #17: Israel – Dreaming of Deliverance

June 2, 2021
Class #18: The Jewish Mission to Heal the World