Intro to Judaism: A Statewide Class from 
the Center for Small Town Jewish Life 
taught by Maine rabbis and educators

October 2023-March 2024

Introduction to Judaism Series
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Taught by rabbis and educators from across Maine
Registration Fee: $180* for the series
*Cost should not be a barrier to participation. To arrange alternative payment options please contact Rabbi Erica Asch or Melanie Weiss. 

Do you want to learn more about Judaism? If so, this class is for you. You could be Jewish and wanting to deepen your knowledge, exploring Judaism, or just curious about Jewish traditions and practices. 

The series will cover Jewish holidays, Jewish texts, history, prayer, denominations, and more. Each session will include 45 minutes of presentation on a topic and 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Participants are encouraged to attend the Center for Small Town Jewish Life’s Fall Shabbaton (November 3-4 at Colby College in Waterville). Students will also be offered a chance to visit Maine synagogues. 

  • The class is limited to 24 participants and will take place entirely on Zoom. Preference will be given to Maine registrants.
  • Registration is for those 18 and older.
  • Those who register should be able to attend all or most of the classes. 
  • For those interested in conversion to Judaism, this series will be one part of the process. 

Required Text:
Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Participants must obtain their own copies of this book. 

Class will be held on the following Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

October 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March 7, 14, 21, 28

Questions? FMI contact  Rabbi Erica Asch or Melanie Weiss.


Please remit payment of $180.00 for the class series by providing your credit card information below. If cost is a barrier, please be in touch with Rabbi Erica Asch, [email protected], or Melanie Weiss, [email protected].. If you prefer to pay in two installments, use code intro2023 for a 50% payment now, with the understanding that you will be invoiced in January for the balance.

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