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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 Yosef Goldman 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. Register here. 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. Sign up here.

Class Schedule

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, October 15. 7:00 PM.

Unit 2… The World of the Bible

Monday, October 22. 7:00 PM.

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

Monday, October 29. 7:00 PM.

BZBI Community Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 2. 7:00 PM. At BZBI.

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

Monday, November 5. 7:00 PM.

Unit 5… Shabbat: A Palace in Time

Monday, November 12. 7:00 PM.

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

Monday, November 19. 7:00 PM.

Hanukkah Celebration

Monday, December 3. 6:00 PM. At BZBI.

Unit 7… Passover: The Jewish Master Story

Monday, December 10. 7:00 PM.

Unit 8… God: Encountering the Holy

Monday, December 17. 7:00 PM.

Unit 9… Talmud: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

Monday, January 7. 7:00 PM.

Unit 10… Starting Over: The High Holy Days

Monday, January 14. 7:00 PM.

Unit 11… Kashrut: The Original Soul Food

Monday, January 28. 7:00 PM.

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

Monday, February 4. 7:00 PM.

Unit 13… Love, Marriage & Kosher Sex

Monday, February 11. 7:00 PM.

Unit 14… Birth to B’nei Mitzvah

Monday, February 25. 7:00 PM.

Unit 15… A Time to Mourn

Monday, March 4. 7:00 PM.

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

Monday, March 11. 7:00 PM.

Unit 17… Israel: Dreaming of Deliverance

Monday, March 18. 7:00 PM.

Unit 18… The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

Monday, March 25. 7:00 PM.

Ask a Rabbi: Question & Answer Session and Final Siyyum

Monday, April 1. 7:00 PM.