Introduction to the Jewish Experience

These courses in basic Judaism are taught by Rabbi Ruth Adar. The series is for anyone who has not had a basic Jewish education, or who wishes to learn about Judaism from an adult point of view.


Each course consists of eight weekly classes. Courses may be taken in any order. Participants can take one, two, or three courses.


No Hebrew is required, no previous knowledge is assumed, and all are welcome, whether Jewish or not. 


Please see the course offerings below. For more information, contact Rabbi Adar.

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The spring course begins March 6, 2022. It meets on Sundays, 3:30-5:00 pm PT online, and its topic is Traditions of Judaism (Jewish Diversity). Learn more and register here.

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Rabbi Adar has taught students from the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist traditions.


She welcomes students from many backgrounds: curious about Judaism, converting to Judaism, want to understand Jewish relatives better, and/or began working for a Jewish nonprofit. She particularly invites students from marginalized Jewish backgrounds: persons of color, LGBTQI+ persons, and students with disabilities.


Rabbi Adar herself is a lesbian with disabilities, and she became a Jew as an adult.


She is a member in good standing of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, and the Northern California Board of Rabbis.