The Embracing Judaism program is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge. In 18 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. The program for 2023 begins on Thursday night, January 5, 2023, but students may join at any point and continue into the following year’s program to complete the 18 units of the curriculum.

Who Are Our Students?

Embracing 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 Embracing Judaism in Hartford?

Download Our Brochure

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


Where and when will classes meet?

Classes will meet in-person at a West Hartford synagogue.  Click here to see the current schedule.

The classes will meet on 18 Thursday evenings beginning on
January 4, 2023   6:00-7:45 PM

Program Fees:

The tuition for the full 18 session program is $180 and should be paid at the time of registration. A significant other may join you for no additional charge.  Full time students and IBJ alumni will receive a 50% discount.

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

For more information about Embracing 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.