Jewish Skill-Building

Register for either Hebrew Basics, Jewish Basics, or Jewish Basics 2.0 below, or contact Rabbi Greg Weitzman for more information.

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Hebrew Basics

Intro to Hebrew Reading

Learn how to read in this 8-week introductory course.  We will start at the very beginning, learning the letters and vowels and the mechanics of reading. At the end of the class, students will be fully able to read in Hebrew!

The online course will be taught by Melissa De Lowe, founder of Urban Lion Jewish Learning, who teaches privately in modern Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.

If you are an adult yearning to learn to read in Hebrew, this class will provide you with this skill set, giving you a key to prayer, Torah and modern Hebrew language.  If you are the parent of a student at Rodeph Sholom School or the CRS Religious School, this class will also equip you with the skills to help your young learner with Hebrew reading and pronunciation.  

Please register by January 8. A minimum of 4 students are required for the class to run.

Members: $72 (special discounted rate) | Non-members: $300

Mondays at 9:00 AM: January 25 to March 22 (no class on 2/15)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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Hebrew Basics 2.0

Hebrew Literacy

In section 2.0 of our Hebrew Basics program, students will continue to work on their Hebrew literacy skills through the lens of the Shabbat prayer service.

A minimum of 4 students are required for the class to run.

Members: $180 | Non-Members: $360

Mondays at 6:00 PM: December 7 to February 8 (no class on 12/28 or 1/18)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email


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Jewish Basics

Intro to Judaism

For those interested in learning more about the foundations of Judaism or considering conversion.

Gain an orientation to Judaism and Jewish life through this introductory class. We’ll cover Jewish holidays, foundational Jewish texts, mitzvot, and great Jewish questions in an accessible and warm environment. If you’re curious and want to enrich your understanding of Jewish faith and culture, this class is for you.

Everyone is welcome. Open to all, this course is designed for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and anyone curious about Judaism. Our programs are LGBTQIA+ friendly.

7:00 PM–8:30 PM on Wednesdays, beginning September 16
$720 (includes all class materials, time with clergy, four Shabbat dinners and outings)

A Note About Conversion: Completion of Basic Judaism is required as the first step for those considering conversion. Spouses or partners of those taking Basic Judaism who are interested in conversion are encouraged to take the class with their partner to gain a basic understanding of what it means to have a Jewish home or live as a Jewish family.

Please note that at this time, Jewish Basics will be online only. CRS will reevaluate each in-person program, week-by-week as more information becomes available. We will follow New York City and state-mandated regulations regarding in-person events and gatherings.

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Jewish Basics 2.o

Oy! I just converted—now what do I do? This year-long program welcomes all Jews by choice within a community of peers as you deepen your understanding of Jewish life, learning, and practice. Dive deeper into topics learned in the introductory class, including Shabbat, righteous giving, prayer, kashrut, and more.


Jewish Basics is a pre-requisite for Jewish Basics 2.o. If you have not taken this course, please register for it instead. If you have already taken Jewish Basics, please contact Rabbi Weitzman to register.

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