Jewish Life Courses
Home (To enroll in this course click HERE)
There are many rituals and individual family customs engulfing Jewish life, and even though we may have grown up and lived in a Jewish environment, we may wish to reacquaint ourselves with these unique traits and learn more about them.
For instance, preparation for Shabbat on Friday evenings. Our grandmothers and mothers new how to conduct it, and while we observed it, we may not know (or remember) all the details associated with it, such as: proper starting time; kindling the candles and the correct motion of hands and the blessing that follows; blessing over the wine; over bread (challah). Keeping Kosher (Kashrut) is another example of the complexities of maintaining a Jewish home, and the list goes on...
Synagogue (To enroll in this course click HERE)
This course is designed primarily for people with little or no synagogue experience, and for those who would simply like to brush-up on their synagogue skiIls. It covers the concepts of most synagogue rituals and customs. Its objective is to make attending a religious service at any sysnagogue more comfortable and enjoyable.
This course also teaches the various personal aspects associated with synagogue services, such as the proper way of putting on a tallit and tefillin, and the blessings said when doing so. The course also explains the various physical elements of a synagogue, including the sanctuary (aron), the Torah and the pointer (Yad) used for reading it. Also included in this course is a detailed explanation of the 'calling to the Torah' (Aliyot) procedure and the blessings. The course includes major aspects of weekday, Shabbat and all Holy Day services. Life-cycle events are also a part of this course, including Baby Naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Ufruff, Weddings and Mourning.
REMEMBER: OUR COURSES ARE OFFERED ONLINE ANYWHERE, AND ALSO IN-PERSON AT CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE, OR AT A NUMBER OF OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE GREATER CHICAGO AREA.