Academy of Jewish Learning

Judaism 101

An Introduction to Judaism

Rabbi David A. Lipper, Instructor


Tuesday’s at 7:00—8:30pm

November 5, 12, 19, 26

December 3, 10, 17


Explore the beginnings of Judaism and become familiar with some of the basic beliefs and practices of one of the most significant religions in the world.

Learn About

¨ Synagogue and life cycle customs

¨ Jewish celebrations and Holy Days

¨ Home rituals and dietary laws

¨ Written and Oral law

¨ Jewish prayer

¨ Mystical traditions

¨ Angels and demons

¨ What happens after we die?


Cost of the class (covers all materials)

Members: $36.00

Non-members $54.00

The Four who Entered the Garden

A Msytical Journey

Rabbi David A. Lipper, Instructor


Tuesday’s at 7:00—8:30pm

May 5, 12, 19, 26


Rabbi Lipper has been a student of mystical traditions for over 35 years.   He will guide the students on an exploration of the  many layers of Jewish understanding of Kabbalah and where it fits into modern Judaism.  Many of us are in search of spiritual guidance and through the stories of mystical journeys,  we will try to find our own path to the Holy and Blessed One.

We will explore texts in The Zohar, the Book and Creation (Sefer Yetzirah) and the world of the Sefirot.

Cost for this class:

Free to members

$18 for non-members

Along the Talmudic Trail

Ten Insights into

the Rabbinic Mind


Rabbi David A. Lipper, Instructor


Tuesday’s at 7:00—8:30pm

January 7, 14, 21, 28

February 4, 11, 18, 26


Join Rabbi Lipper as we explore 10 significant Talmudic passages.  The Torah was given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and written down by Moses. Yet this written law is embedded with riddles in every word. Hence the Oral Law or Talmud.  After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, and the exile, Rabbi Judah Ha Nasi put the Oral Law into writing, to preserve it from being lost. Called the Mishnah, this served as the basis for an expanded text known as the Talmud – an epic project completed in 500 CE in Babylonia.  From there, Jewish scholars in every generation have illuminated the Talmudic text, and today studying Talmud is like having a conversation with the greatest Jewish minds of all-time: Rabbi  Akiva, Reish Lakish, Rashi, Maimonides, the Vilna Gaon, the Chafetz Chaim and literally thousands of other brilliant commentators.  We will read some significant passages in English and join in the debate over how law was developed and communicated.  

Cost of the class:


Free to members

$18 for non-members

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