The Institute for Basic Judaism program is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge. In 21 sessions we will provide a journey into Jewish spirituality, thought, ritual and culture. We will also discuss the scope of Jewish history, the meaning of Jewish peoplehood, Jewish diversity and the importance of Israel to the Jewish people.

Who Are Our Students?

The Institute for Basic Judaism provides Jewish education for all seeking to learn about Judaism including:

  • Jews who never had the opportunity of a Jewish education in their youth.
  • Prospective Jews-by-Choice seeking Jewish education to meet the academic requirements of a conversion to Judaism.
  • Individuals who want to better understand the religion of their significant other or a family member.
  • Non-Jews who may have an intellectual curiosity about Jewish education and the mother faith to both Christianity and Islam.


Interested in learning more about IBJ in Hartford?

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For more information, call Rabbi Richard Plavin 860.573.4503, or email him at riplavin@gmail.com

Where and when will classes meet?

In the 2017-2018 program, all classes will meet at the Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford.   Click here to see the current schedule.

The classes will meet on 21 Thursday evenings beginning on
November 2, 2017, 7:35 – 9:15 PM

A beginners Hebrew reading module will be added if there is sufficient interest expressed.

Program Fees:

Introduction to Basic Judaism:  $295 per participant. Significant others are urged to participate for an additional $150 registration fee. Full time students and IBJ alumni will receive a 50% discount.

The cost of the Hebrew reading module will depend upon class size.

Special arrangements may be made for reasons of financial need. Contact Rabbi Plavin to discuss your need confidentially.

For more information about Introduction to Basic Judaism, contact Rabbi Richard Plavin at 860-573-4503 or via email riplavin@gmail.com, and download our brochure and registration form.

This program is under the auspices of the Rabbinical Assembly of Connecticut and in partnership with the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.