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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 and Annie Lewis, among others, for a year-long adventure in Jewish learning.

This course is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts.

Tuition is $180 for BZBI members and $250 for the general community. There is a separate registration process for students interested in conversion (see below). If you require financial assistance, please reach out to the Temple Office.

This class is offered in cooperation with the Rabbi Morris Goodblatt Academy Introduction to Judaism Program. Students interested in conversion should register through the Goodblatt website and schedule an appointment to meet with one of the BZBI rabbis.

We are offering a Basic Prayerbook Hebrew class to complement this course. For On One Foot students, this class is discounted to $50. You can learn more here.

Class Schedule 2019-2020

Classes will be offered weekly on Monday between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, except in the case of holidays and other extenuating circumstances. We will also celebrate multiple Jewish Holidays together. Each class will be preceded by an hour long Hebrew course starting at 6:00 PM. For more information on this supplementary class, refer to this page.

Unit 1… From Creation to the Edge of the Wilderness

Monday, November 4. 7:00 PM.

Unit 2… The World of the Bible

Monday, November 11. 7:00 PM.

Unit 3… A Heart of Many Rooms: Exploring Jewish Diversity

Monday, November 18. 7:00 PM.

Unit 4… Holidays: The Great Wheel of the Jewish Year

Monday, November 25. 7:00 PM.

Unit 5… Shabbat: A Palace in Time

Monday, December 2. 7:00 PM.

Unit 6… When Do I Bow? And Other Questions About Jewish Prayer

Monday, December 9. 7:00 PM.

Unit 7… Passover: The Jewish Master Story

Monday, December 16. 7:00 PM.

Hanukkah Celebration

Monday, December 23. 7:00 PM. 

Unit 8… God: Encountering the Holy

Monday, January 6. 7:00 PM.

Unit 9… Talmud: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

Monday, January 13. 7:00 PM.

Unit 10… Starting Over: The High Holy Days

Monday, January 27. 7:00 PM.

Unit 11… Kashrut: The Original Soul Food

Monday, February 3. 7:00 PM.

Unit 12… Philosophers, Poets, & Mystics: The Jewish Middle Ages

Monday, February 10. 7:00 PM.

Unit 13… Love, Marriage & Kosher Sex

Monday, February 24. 7:00 PM.

Unit 14… Birth to B’nei Mitzvah

Monday, March 2. 7:00 PM.

Unit 15… A Time to Mourn

Monday, March 16. 7:00 PM.

Unit 16… Out of the Darkness: Stories from the Holocaust

Monday, March 23. 7:00 PM.

Unit 17… Israel: Dreaming of Deliverance

Monday, March 30. 7:00 PM.

Unit 18… The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

Monday, April 6. 7:00 PM.

Ask a Rabbi: Question & Answer Session and Final Siyyum

Monday, April 13. 7:00 PM.