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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.


Conversion Candidates and interested partners should register through the Goodblatt website.

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.

Goodblatt Basic Prayer Book Hebrew

Learning to read and understand basic Hebrew opens a world of opportunities for worship. Would you like to be able to comfortably follow along in the prayer book? Are you planning to read Torah for the congregation someday? Do you simply want to be able to easily tell each letter on the dreidel apart? This is a class for those with no background in the language, even if you can’t tell alef from tof, and will provide a strong foundation for liturgical Hebrew. This class goes hand in hand with On One Foot, however – it is not being offered at BZBI this year. To sign up for basic prayer book hebrew, please visit the Goodblatt website.


Class Schedule 2023-2024

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

10/16/23   Unit 1: From Creation To The Edge Of The Wilderness
10/23/23 Unit 2: The World Of The Bible
10/30/23 Unit 3: A Heart Of Many Rooms: Exploring Jewish Diversity
11/6/23 Unit 4: Holidays: The Great Wheel Of The Jewish Year
11/13/23 Unit 5: Shabbat: A Palace In Time
11/20/23 Unit 6: When Do I Bow? And Other Questions About Jewish Prayer
11/27/23 Unit 7: Passover: The Jewish Master Story
12/4/23 Unit 8: God: Encountering The Holy
12/11/23 Hanukkah Celebration
12/18/23 Unit 9: Talmud: Arguments For The Sake Of Heaven
12/25/23 Winter Break – No Class
1/1/24 Winter Break – No Class
1/8/24 Unit 10: Starting Over: The High Holy Days
1/15/24 MLK Day – No Class
1/22/24 Unit 11: Kashrut: The Original Soul Food
1/29/24 Unit 12: Philosophers, Poets, & Mystics: The Jewish Middle Ages
2/5/24 Unit 13: Love, Marriage & Kosher Sex
2/12/24 Unit 14: Birth To B’nei Mitzvah
2/19/24 Presidents’ Day – No Class
2/26/24 Unit 15: A Time To Mourn
3/4/24 Unit 16: Out Of The Darkness: Stories From The Holocaust
3/11/24 Unit 17: Israel: Dreaming Of Deliverance
3/18/24 Purim Celebration
3/25/24 Ask the Rabbi
4/1/24 Weather Make-Up Day