Basic Judaism: An Intro to Jewish Life, Text, and Ideas, with Rabbi Matt Green

This is an overview course in broad strokes about Jewish life, culture, belief, non-belief, and thought. Designed in a 24 week module, this course will attempt to give the participants a solid background to the ideas, practices, and expressions of Jewish life from ancient times to the present, and serves as a prerequisite for conversion at CBE and in many other communities. The course is primarily taught by Rabbi Matt Green, with some guest teaching by other CBE clergy.

This course will focus on weekly readings, discussions, and practical experiences for each of the course participants—from basic concepts, historical events, how-to demonstrations with rituals, to an overview of the key texts and traditions of Jewish life. For the whole of this course, we will meet by Zoom. Depending on public health possibilities in the Spring of 2021, we will aim to add opportunities for participants to meet one another in person.

If you can’t make class each week, that’s okay! We know our students tend to be quite busy. Since we are meeting by Zoom, each class will be recorded and you will be able to watch the recording if you miss a session.