The Jewish Lifecycle

A 4-part introductary class

I believe that the Jewish system of living is expertly designed to help support us and our loved ones through joyous and challenging moments of our lifespan.  The four classes will include: Birth, B'nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Coming-Out, Conversion, Gender Affirmation, Graduation, Adult B'nai Mitzvah, Marriage, Divorce, Funeral, and Mourning.

 

This introductory series will help you to understand the basics of each set of ceremonies and rituals, the humanity of each lifecycle moment, as well as the important liturgy, history, and more!  Meet others from around the world with both large group and small group learning (chevruta learning in breakout rooms).  

Below, you can register for all 4 classes for standard $50 tuition, or each indiviudal class for $15 tuition.  We will never turn you away from Jewish Learning, and other contribution options are available.  If you have the financial means, WWT thanks you in advance for considering contributing a bit more so that others can take this course !

 

Who is this class for?

  • Jews, Conversion Students, Prospective Conversion Students, and curious-non-Jews who wish to learn more about the Jewish lifecycle! 

  • Anyone who has ever said, "why do Jewish wedding couples have a canopy during their weddings?" or "why do little Jewish boys get circumcised on their 8th day of life?" or "why do Jews cover their mirrors when a loved one dies?" or "How have same-gender weddings positively influenced all Jewish weddings?" 

What does this course come with?

  • 4 dynamic 80-minute online learning sessions.

  • Class notes with additional free readings available online, and book suggestions.

  • Each session will include chevruta learning (pair-learning) to facilitate your experience and help you meet learners from around the world.

  • A safe and loving environment that thrives on mistakes-- because they are what make us grow!

  • Access to a nearly ordained rabbi and a Jewish educator!

 See below for what each 80 minute class covers:

Class 1:  Jewish Welcome Rituals

April 4, 2021 (3:00-4:20 PM EDT)

- Baby Namings / Brit Bat / Simchat Bat

- Brit Milah / Ritual Circumcision / Hatafat Dam Brit

- Intro to Jewish Conversion (both Adult & Child)

 

Class 2:  Coming of Age & Communal Responsibility Rituals

April 11, 2021 (3:00-4:20 PM EDT)

- B'nai Mitzvah / Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah

- Confirmation

- Adult B'nai Mitzvah

- Coming Out Rituals / Gender Affirmation Rituals

Class 3:  The Jewish Wedding

April 18, 2021 (3:00-4:20 PM EDT)

What does a Jewish Wedding look like?

- The Chuppah, the Ketuba, & Other Ritual Items

- Wedding Liturgy & Music

- Gendered Ceremonies: the Tisch & the Badeken

   (Veiling Ceremony)

- LGBTQ+ Wedding's Positive Impact on all Jewish Weddings.

- Divorce 

Class 4:  Jewish Mourning Rituals

May 16, 2021 (3:00-4:20 PM EDT)

- What does a Jewish Funeral look like? It's liturgy?

- Rituals to Respect the Deceased

- How do you 'sit shiva'?  How do you support mourners?

- The three major periods of Jewish mourning

   (Shiva, Sloshim, Shanah)

- The Unveiling: Returning to your loved one's grave to

    'unveil' the stone.


 

 

Accessibility Information:

  • Financial Accessibility:  You will notice that there are several options available to contribute for tuition.  This is designed to make class tuition as accessible as possible.  Please contribute according to your financial ability.  If you have the ability to contribute more to help other students to experience this class at a more accessible rate, please help our community to do so.  Your act of tzedakah (charity) will be gratefully appreciated.

  • Learning Accessibility:  I want to do my best in supporting you academically.  If you have any information about learning differences and needs that can help me to help you, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at joshuagischner@gmail.com.  I will do my best to try and support you to the best of my ability.

About Student Rabbi Josh (he/him)

Josh is a nearly ordained rabbi and Jewish Educator who is passionate about teaching using humor, creativity, and innovation to develop inclusive classroom communities.  Being that Josh recently completed his rabbinic thesis on using Social-Emotional Learning to teach teenagers about challenging topics, he is skilled at presenting topics such as death and divorce with care, respect, and compassion.   Learn more about Josh here.

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