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Introductory Judaism Classes
Introduction to Judaism

The goal of URJ’s Introduction to Judaism program is to empower seekers - individuals and couples - to explore Judaism. Weekly classes are augmented by Shabbat programs and additional experiential components.


Classes are diverse. All are welcome. Participants include singles and couples, Jews and those from various faith backgrounds. The LGBT-friendly class is also perfect for individuals raising Jewish children, those who never had a Jewish education, individuals who want to explore their Jewish roots or those who or want to explore Judaism on an adult-level.  


After completing the 16-20 week Introduction to Judaism program, students were surveyed and the results show that:

  • 86.5 percent are more likely to create a Jewish home
  • 76 percent  of the non-Jews are more likely to choose Judaism as a religion
  • 95.98 percent feel more likely to engage in Jewish practice in their home
  • 96.5 percent feel more likely to attend Shabbat or holiday services
  • 96.98 percent are more likely to celebrate Jewish life cycle events

Community Collaboration

Introduction to Judaism classes are sponsored by the URJ and a consortium of URJ-affiliated congregations. URJ staff facilitate collaboration among rabbis and congregations to offer Introduction to Judaism classes in many communities.

Marketing Grants

Marketing grants will be awarded to at least ten Introduction to Judaism courses to reimburse congregations for up to $2000 for local advertising. Learn more and apply.

Contact Us

For additional information, email Rabbi Julie Zupan or visit the Introduction to Judaism website to read comments from former students.


Support for Introduction to Judaism is provided by the National Center to Encourage Judaism.