Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM at Temple Beth Or.

September 14th, November 16th, January 11th, February 15th, April 5th, May 24th


Interested in exploring Judaism? Want to deepen your knowledge of Jewish life?     

This 6-session class is for those new to Judaism as well as Jewish adults who seek to deepen their knowledge and experience of Jewish life.

This course will cover Jewish theology, Shabbat observance, prayer, and structure of Jewish services, and the conversion process.

We ask students to commit to the entire course in order to foster cohesiveness within the class. Students are also encouraged to attend worship services and holiday celebrations as well. Rabbi Marshall looks forward to teaching you and to learning with you!

Cost is $70 for members, and $100 for non-members. please send checks to the Temple Office.

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Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall  (425) 954-1223

Rabbi Marshall has joyfully served at Temple Beth Or since 2009. She was previously at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she served as the Hillel rabbi and has additionally served synagogues in Ohio and Long Island, New York, cared for patients’ pastoral needs at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx, and worked at The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago and United Jewish Communities in Washington D.C.

Rabbi Marshall’s passion lies in the connection between Judaism and the environment — both in nurturing the religious stirrings many feel related to the profound beauty and infinite complexity of nature and helping Jews translate their appreciation of the holiness of the natural world into concerted action to protect our planet.
She has previously taught Introduction to Judaism classes at several local synagogues and looks forward to learning together. If you have any questions about the class please contact her:

Preparation: Please make every effort to read the assigned readings for each class which will enable more meaningful discussions. ** or are good resources for used books.


Required Books:

Optional Books:

Questions:  Please do not hesitate to ask lots of questions!  Everyone learns from the questions of other class members.