Jewish Life and Culture

Course Description

Embark on a fascinating journey into the heart of Jewish tradition and culture with our comprehensive course. Whether you’re a newcomer to Judaism or seeking to deepen your understanding, this course offers a rich tapestry of insights into the historical, practical, and philosophical aspects of Jewish life.

Discover the essence of Judaism, from the ancient traditions of Shabbat observance to the profound symbolism of Jewish holidays. Gain insights into the everyday practices and ethical principles, including the significance of mitzvot, kosher dietary laws, and the importance of charity.

With 30 engaging lectures, interactive discussions, and multimedia resources, this course offers a dynamic exploration of Jewish life and culture. Discover it all by registering for our course now.

When do our courses start?
We have a few starting dates so you can choose the class that best suits your schedule. Our next class starts on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in one of our classes click on the schedule below to start the registration process.

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30 May 2024 - 30 Jan 2025 Starts at 7:00pm | GMT+-5 Weekly, Class duration: 60 min Enroll now

Syllabus Summary

  1. Introduction: What is Judaism?

    In this introductory section, we will explore the essence of Judaism, including its beliefs, practices, and historical significance as a vibrant and diverse faith tradition.

  2. Fundamentals: Shabbat 1 and the Jewish calendar

    We will begin by unraveling the significance of Shabbat and the Jewish calendar, understanding their pivotal role in structuring our religious and communal life.

  3. Shabbat 2: Observance and celebration

    Deepening our understanding of Shabbat, we will explore its observance and the joyous rituals associated with this sacred day of rest and reflection.

  4. The synagogue 1

    Exploring the evolution and role of the synagogue as a spiritual and communal hub, we will delve into its functions and significance in Jewish life.

  5. The synagogue 2

    Continuing our exploration of synagogues, we will examine their architectural and spiritual dimensions, highlighting their role in fostering community and connection.

  6. Prayer

    We will explore the profound meaning and structure of Jewish prayers, understanding their significance in personal devotion and collective worship.

  7. Symbols

    Uncovering the rich symbolism behind various Jewish symbols and artifacts, we will explore their deep significance in our spiritual journey, including the Star of David, the Menorah, and the Hamzah.

  8. Sacred items

    Exploring the sacred items used in Jewish religious practice, such as the Tallit, Tefillin, Torah scroll, and Shofar.

  9. Holidays: Pesach

    Studying the traditions and rituals of Passover, reflecting on its historical significance and themes of liberation and freedom.

  10. Shavuot

    Exploring the customs and practices of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah and the harvest season with gratitude and joy.

  11. Sukkot

    Examining the rituals and symbolism of Sukkot, embracing its themes of temporality and gratitude through joyful celebration.

  12. Rosh Hashanah

    Reflecting on the customs and themes of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, focusing on introspection, renewal, and repentance.

  13. Yom Kippur

    Contemplating the solemnity of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and its profound themes of repentance, forgiveness, and spiritual renewal.

  14. Hanukkah

    Celebrating the Festival of Lights, exploring its historical context and the enduring message of hope and resilience.

  15. Purim

    Rejoicing in the joyous celebration of Purim, commemorating the triumph of good over evil and the bravery of Queen Esther.

  16. Tisha B'av, Fast days, and Modern Holidays

    Reflecting on solemn observances such as Tisha B'Av and modern Jewish holidays, honoring our collective history and heritage.

  17. Circle of Life: Birth and circumcision

    Exploring the rituals and traditions surrounding Jewish birth and circumcision ceremonies, welcoming new life into our community.

  18. Jewish growth

    Bar and Bat Mitzvah - Celebrating the milestone of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, marking the transition to adulthood with a deeper commitment to Jewish values and responsibilities.

  19. Jewish marriage

    Honoring the sanctity of Jewish marriage, exploring its rituals, traditions, and the importance of family and community.

  20. Death & mourning

    Reflecting on the customs and practices of Jewish death and mourning, finding solace and support in our traditions during times of loss.

  21. Everyday Life: The mitzvot

    Embracing the ethical and religious commandments of Judaism, striving to lead lives of righteousness, compassion, and social justice.

  22. Kashrut

    Exploring the dietary laws of Kashrut, cultivating mindfulness and gratitude in our daily lives through conscious eating and spiritual purity.

  23. Tzedakah

    Studying the mitzvah of Tzedakah, practicing charitable giving and social responsibility to help and support those in need.

  24. Jewish home and family

    Exploring the Jewish home as a center of religious and cultural life, nurturing our families with love, tradition, and shared values.

  25. Jewish Ethics in Business and Finance

    Upholding Jewish ethical principles in our professional lives, promoting honesty, integrity, and fairness in all our business dealings.

  26. Contemporary Judaism: Hassidism: Inspiration and Wisdom

    Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Hassidic Judaism, cultivating joy, spirituality, and connection with the divine in our lives.

  27. Spirituality, Kabbalah, and Jewish mysticism

    Exploring the mystical teachings of Kabbalah, with a specific focus on spiritual growth and enlightenment through the study of Jewish mysticism.

  28. Modern branches in Judaism

    Studying the diversity of contemporary Jewish denominations and movements, finding strength and unity in our shared heritage and values.

  29. Zionism and the modern State of Israel

    Reaffirming our connection to the land and people of Israel, celebrating the achievements of Zionism and the ongoing legacy of the modern State of Israel.

  30. Reflection and integration

    Reflecting on our journey through Jewish life and culture, integrating our learning into our daily lives and spiritual practice for continued growth and fulfillment.

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    A weekly Q&A session in addition to the regular lesson

    Have a Question?

    • How does the course work?

      We teach live classes online: a teacher and a small group of students meet once a week through their home computer. We use video conference technology that allows live student-teacher interaction. You can fully participate in the lesson by using the microphone or the chat box.

    • What if I miss a lesson?

      Don’t worry all the live lessons are also recorded and available on demand. You can review them at any time.

    • What qualifications do your teachers have?

      All our teachers have a teaching certificate and are approved by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They are all scholars from leading universities around the world, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harvard and Durham University.

    • What is your cancellation policy?

      To read our full cancellation policy, click here.

    • Class time zones – what time do your classes start?

      We teach Sunday to Friday according to your local time zone. You are welcome to check the schedule and assign yourself to a time that’s most suitable to you.

    • Do I need to purchase special equipment for the courses?

      All you need is a working computer with an internet connection and you’re set. We work with Windows and Mac operating systems.

    • How much does it cost?

      The total tuition for the course is $1295.

    • Can I pay in installments?

      Yes, you can pay in 9 monthly installments.