INTRODUCTION COURSE OFFERED AT HUC-JIR/CINCINNATI - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Thursday, November 1, 2001

Rabbi David Komerofsky, Associate Dean of Students, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will teach a fourteen-week course entitled, "An Introduction to Judaism." The course, offered to Jews and non-Jews who want to enhance their knowledge of Judaism, will begin Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at 7:00 pm in the Bloch Auditorium at the College-Institute. The course is a cooperative effort of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Department of Outreach and the four Reform Jewish congregations in Cincinnati.

"An Introduction to Judaism" is a hands-on course that introduces beginners to the basics of Jewish thought and practice. The class presents a mix of study, discussion, and practical experiences designed for those interested in exploring a Jewish life for themselves-interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and Jews looking for adult-level basics. Topics include Jewish holidays and life cycle events, theology and prayer, Israel, history, and Hebrew.

The UAHC Department of Outreach assists those in the process of conversion to Judaism, and their Jewish relatives. Enrollment in this course does not lead to conversion, but many rabbis accept this course as partial fulfillment of conversion requirements. For more information, or to register for the course, contact a local Reform rabbi or the UAHC Regional Office at (888) 692-8242.

Rabbi Komerofsky is a native of Akron, Ohio and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He studied at the Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati campuses of HUC-JIR, and was ordained in Cincinnati in 1999. He has been a member of the administration of the College-Institute since ordination and has been affiliated at various times as congregant and clergy with Temple Sholom, Rockdale Temple, and Isaac M. Wise Temple. Rabbi Komerofsky has taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in Cincinnati and Dayton, and was principal of Temple Sholom Religious School from 1997 to 1999.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.