Registration is now open for the 21-week introduction to Judaism course that begins in fall 2018 and runs through spring 2019.
Haver, the Boulder Rabbinic Council is again offering “Ikar: The Essentials of Judaism,” for interfaith couples, people considering religious conversion, Jews looking for an adult-level introduction or anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
Leaders from various congregations in Boulder affiliated with Haver teach Ikar classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, Colo.
IKAR teaches essential elements of Jewish thought, tradition and practice from a wide-ranging, non-denominational perspective. Topics include lifecycle events, rituals, holidays, history, prayer and theology.
“I so enjoyed having a multitude of perspectives and experiences to learn from. It was such an invaluable experience,” said a student who completed the course in 2018.
The course curriculum was developed by Dr. Sarah Levy, Director of Adult Education for Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, in consultation with Haver to reflect the needs and interests of the community in and around Boulder. It introduces material in a pluralistic way drawn from multiple sources and a variety of perspectives, and it covers the period described in the Torah (the Jewish scriptures) through modern times. The course includes experiential learning opportunities and panel presentations on topics such as distinctions among various Jewish denominations.
Rabbis and educators from Haver, including Morah (teacher) Yehudis Fishman, Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb, Rabbi Fred Greene, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, and Rabbi Ori Har DiGennaro will each teach a block of three classes.
The course is $400 for an individual or $600 per couple and includes a digital version of a student handbook. Classes begin October 11, 2018, and run through April 18, 2019.
There will be no class on November 22, December 20 and 27, 2018 or on January 3, March 21 and 28, 2019.