I originally took the Intro to Judaism class to learn more about my father’s side of the family – the Jewish side.  Though I was exposed to church and Sunday school when I was very young (Mom was a casual Christian) I also spend time with my Jewish grand parents listening to Yiddish, lighting candles on Shabbat and knowing what a tongue and corn beef sandwich on a bulkie roll was!

It was not until later in life, as many of us do, did I ponder “what do I actually believe”.  The Intro to Judaism class helped me define those beliefs through Lev Ba’esh’s (and others) teachings.  I now know that Judaism has always been in my blood and in my ways of thinking about life, humanity, history, etc.  I really felt connected.
One of the great benefits from this adventure was the friendships that formed.  As a result of the class and our reasons for being there, a few of us who wanted continue studying together formed a Torah “study” group.  Now I must confess that we have done more Torah socializing as we meet every other week BUT we all agree – isn’t that what Jews are supposed to do – enjoy the journey together.
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Laurie is a graduate from Reform Jewish Outreach Boston’s Intro to Judaism course, a 16 week class that explores Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. Intro to Judaism is perfect for interfaith couples or individuals exploring/converting to Judaism. The next Intro to Judaism class begins on October 14th in Needham. If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Schwartz: 617-928-012 or jschwartz@urj.org.