Introduction to Judaism is offered 3 times a year with cohorts beginning in January, May, and October. Classes meet weekly from 7:00-8:45 pm; meeting days vary by cohort. One week each month, class will begin at 6pm for student presentations. Classes are primarily online but one week each month class will be in person. Please contact us for specific dates or additional information.
Course completion is one of the requirements for the conversion process. Students must engage with the 24 core topics and meet regularly with their sponsors to complete the course.
The program is in a collaborative partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of American Jewish University.
Students must have a sponsor who is a member of the Rocky Mountain Rabbis & Cantors or Boulder Haver in order to take the class. Students will meet with their sponsors at least six times during the ITJ class, and additional meetings will be scheduled for students who plan to convert to Judaism. Our rabbis and cantors will guide and mentor students to ensure they are getting the most from the classes.
Students are encouraged to seek out a clergy sponsor, either from the congregation where you attend services or from another Jewish organization, with whom you are comfortable engaging in discussions about the topics covered in class. If you are having difficulty finding a sponsor, please let us know during your initial phone consultation.
ITJ Denver students will receive a course book called On One Foot, by American Jewish University, and other suggested readings for the course.
During the program, students are encouraged to: