Silicon Valley Introduction to Judaism
Tuesdays, October 17-May 1
Not in Session October 31, November 21, December 26, January 2, February 20, and April 3 and10
This course will present an overview of the major aspects of Judaism, including practice, belief,
and history. Students will be exposed to Jewish thought and practice through lectures, class
discussions, and readings. Because Judaism is not something that can be fully understood from
books and lectures, there will be several assignments and activities designed to give participants
"real-world" Jewish experiences.
This class is being taught by five Rabbis, from four different synagogues as well as the Center
for Jewish Life & Learning at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center. This will give
you exposure to a variety of approaches to Judaism. Please note that the location of the class
will change according to who is teaching on that particular night. All teachers and locations are
listed on the syllabus.
This course is open to Jews and non-Jews, those seeking to convert to Judaism, as well as those
who are interested in learning more. Conversion candidates should meet with their sponsoring
Rabbi for additional requirements.
Class will begin at 7:00 pm with a 30 minute Introduction to Hebrew class, taught by Mike
Maiten, followed by a 90 minute class on that week’s topics.
Try to attend class each week. If you know that you are going to be absent, please inform Lacy
McCoy at (408) 357-7413 or email [email protected].