Introduction to Judaism

Discover what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism. Explore a modern take on Jewish life. Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, spirituality, and community in an Introduction to Judaism class.

Everyone is welcome. The 18-session class is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience.

Ask your questions, engage with multiple perspectives, and explore Jewish life through a Reform lens. Classes at East End Temple take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This winter's class is full, but please reach out about next fall's class by e-mailing Rabbi Josh Stanton.

Tuesday Night Learning

Join the Cantor and sing your heart out at Shira with Shira. No singing or sight reading experience necessary.  This opportunity is open to members of East End Temple. For more information, e-mail Cantor Shira Ginsburg.

Join Rabbi Josh Stanton for lively and discussion-based Adult Education opportunities. These will take place throughout the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. Whether this is your first chance to learn Jewishly, or you grew up going to yeshiva, there will be something here for you. For more information, keep reading below or e-mail Rabbi Josh Stanton directly. Please note: we have carefully scheduled classes, so that they do not conflict with Shira with Shira sessions.

Adult Education in 5780: Year of Renewal

So much of Jewish life is about bringing ancient wisdom to bear on the present -- and reinvigorating old traditions in ways that bring them new meaning. Please join us for a year of study about ancient texts and ideas, as we apply them anew to our lives and the world in which we live. Learners of all backgrounds and levels of experience (including no prior experience!) are welcome to join us.

Robert Alter's New Translation of the Chumash: October 15, 22, and 29

Renowned Torah scholar Robert Alter recently published a new translation of the 5 Books of Moses. Together, we can study the nuances of his translation -- and what it means for us as contemporary learners.

Synagogue and State in Israel: December 3, 10, and 17

Key figures in Zionist History envisioned different roles for religion to play in modern Israel. Learn how these philosophical divisions continue to play out and discuss the role that Reform Judaism should (or could) play.

History of the Diaspora: January 14, 21, and 28

We live in the Jewish Diaspora, but Diaspora communities have existed for thousands of years. We will study some of the early Diaspora communities in Egypt and Babylonia, as well as the new communities that came into existence after the destruction of the Second Temple.

Origins of Anti-Semitism: February 25, March 3, and March 10

Why do some people resent Jews? We study some of the early theological and social motivations in Catholicism, Protestantism, and Sunni Islam and try to discern how ancient anti-Semitic tropes and ideas have resurfaced.

Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary: April 28, May 5, and May 12

In the period between Passover and Shavuot, it is customary to study "The Ethics of Our Ancestors." We delve into this new social justice commentary and some of the new wisdom it unearths.