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 Josh Mikutis. Rabbi Matt Green will rotate in periodically throughout the semester.

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.

Enrollment for Basic Judaism 2022-23 has closed. If you have any question, please email Lead Administrator Nate Jaffe at