Access to Judaism

The Access to Judaism course forms part of the Adult Education Programme.  It is both a ‘refresher’ and a beginners’ guide to Judaism.

It offers an introduction to Jewish sources and texts, communal and home observance, the festivals, Jewish lifecycle events, contemporary Jewish communities, Jewish history and thought. It is an ideal environment to gain an insight into a Progressive Jewish approach to these areas. We can only give a taster of these subjects, but we do so in an open way, that encourages questioning. We offer access to the Menorah library and advice on further guided reading.

Classes at present are are online on Wednesday evenings 20:30 – 21:45

Autumn (Stav) term 2020
2 September – Introduction to the course and to the Jewish calendar
9 September – Preparation for RoshHaShanah and Yom Kippur I
16 September – Preparation for RoshHaShanah and Yom Kippur II
23 September – Preparation for Succot and Simchat Torah
30 September – Introduction to Torah
14 October – The Jewish bookshelf
21 October – The synagogue
4 November – Reform Judaism: an introduction
11 November – Shabbat
18 November – Tefillah and Siddur: an exploration of Jewish prayer
25 November – Creating a Jewish home and kashrut
2 December – Chanukah

Download a pdf of the autumn timetable and suggested reading.

Forthcoming dates are also listed in the calendar

If you are interested in joining the course for the first time please email to discuss the suitability of the course to your needs.