The Kehillah of Center City, a joint initiative of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is offering community members an opportunity to learn more about Jewish customs, values and traditions.
Aptly named "A Taste of Judaism," this free, three-session series of classes is designed for beginners, Jewish or not, who are interested in exploring Jewish spirituality, ethics and community values. Developed by the Union for Reform Judaism, the program provides an entry into Jewish life for unaffiliated Jews; those who are not Jewish, but who are interested in learning about Judaism; interfaith couples and their families; and those considering conversion.
Autumn Perlstein said that she was newly engaged to a Jewish man when she heard about the program from Kehillah of Center City director Susan Lisman.
"I told Susan that I was considering becoming a Jew by choice and wanted to learn more about my fiancé's heritage and traditions, she said. "We both thought that the course would give me a great introduction."
Perlstein said that she enjoyed the support she received both from her instructor and from her fellow students, who were in many different stages of their Jewish journeys.
The course cemented her decision to convert to Judaism. She completed the process in September 2009 -- one month before she was married, under the chupah to her husband, Aaron.
Five Philadelphia synagogues will host classes during October and November. They are: Germantown Jewish Centre; Kol Tzedek Synagogue; Mekor Ha'bracha-Center City Synagogue; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; and Society Hill Synagogue.
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
For more information on starting times and dates, call Susan Lisman at 215-832-0597 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .