Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism, beginning Sunday, September 18, 10:30 - 11:30

Thousands of years after Abraham and Sarah set off on their Biblical journey, we, their descendants, are the inheritors of a Judaism which contains the four elements of Peoplehood, Practice, Faith, and Ethics. Parents and grandparents have a particular sacred responsibility to transmit a love of Judaism to their children and grandchildren. I want to invite you to spend time this year digging into this Judaism that we have inherited and chosen. I want to unpack the meaning of our rituals and practices, our ethics, our faith, and our sense of peoplehood.

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism is a curriculum designed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, a highly regarded institute of Jewish thought and education serving Israel and North America. The curriculum is pluralistic and rigorous and thoughtful. The goal is to engage you and provoke you to think seriously about the big questions at the heart of Jewish tradition. Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism presents our customs in a way which will invite you to make considered choices for yourself.

Beginning, September 18, we’ll meet from 10:30 to 11:30 each Sunday morning that UJS is in session at Temple Emanuel (unless Rabbi Krishef indicates otherwise) in the last classroom on the left side of the hallway. Note: This is the same curriculum that Rabbi Krishef taught from last year, but we’ll cover a different set of topics and texts this year.

JTS iTunes U


The JTS iTunes U site features a wide variety of content. The site, accessible via Apple’s iTunes, makes public lectures, Torah commentaries, and select JTS courses available for free streaming and downloading.

The weekly Torah commentary podcasts are easy to find and subscribe to, as are recordings of public JTS lectures and events, such as the popular series of Library Book Talks that feature JTS faculty and other distinguished authors discussing their latest books.

Collections of lectures detailing issues in contemporary Jewish philosophy, theology, and ethics highlight how JTS scholarship engages with the challenges of the 21st century.

Introduction to Judaism Fall/Winter, 2021

The 2022 Introduction to Judaism course will begin on November 28. The syllabus will be posted early in November. The course will follow the basic outline of last year's class, as below. Contact the Ahavas Israel office, 616-949-2840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.


Taught by Rabbi David Krishef

First Class: Monday, October 11, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Meets every Monday through January, 2021, 15 sessions.

Cost:  $50/members and B’nai Noah affiliates, $75/non-members

A basic introduction to Jewish history, beliefs, rituals, holidays, and life cycle celebrations. The syllabus can be download here


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