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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 2021 – 2022


Below is a list of meeting dates and topics. Classes are offered weekly on Mondays between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM, except for holidays as noted below, and extenuating circumstances.

October 11, 2021
Class #1: From Creation To The Edge Of The Wilderness

October 18, 2021
Class #2: The World of the Bible

October 25, 2021
Class #3: The Heart of Many Rooms: Exploring Jewish diversity

November 1, 2021
Class #4: Holy Days – The Great Wheel of the Jewish Year

November 8, 2021
Class #5: Shabbat – A Palace in Time

November 15, 2021
Class #6: When Do I Bow? (And other questions about Jewish prayer)

November 22, 2021
Class #7: Passover – The Jewish Master Story

November 29, 2021
Hanukkah Celebration

December 6, 2021
Class #8: God – Encountering the Holy

December 13, 2021
Class #9: Talmud – Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

December 20, 2021
Class #10: Starting Over – The High Holidays

December 27, 2021
Winter Break

January 3, 2022
Class #11: Kashrut – The Original Soul Food

January 10, 2022
Class #12: Philosophers, Poets and Mystics: The Jewish Middle Ages

January 17, 2022

January 24, 2022
Class #13: Love, Marriage and Kosher Sex

January 31, 2022
Class #14: From Birth to B’nai Mitzvah – Raising a Mensch

February 7, 2022
Class #15: A Time to Mourn – Traditions for Death, Grief and Healing

February 14, 2022
Class #16: Out of the Darkness – Stories from the Holocaust

February 22, 2022
President’s Day

February 28, 2022
Class #17: Israel – Dreaming of Deliverance

March 7, 2022
Class #18: The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

March 14, 2022
Ask the Rabbi

March 21, 2022
Weather Make-Up Day