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 full program is divided into three trimesters. Students may register for each trimester separately or receive a discount by registering for all three.

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?

In the 2018-2019 program, all classes will meet at the Beth El Temple in West Hartford.   Click here to see the current schedule.

The classes will meet on 18 Thursday evenings beginning on
October 11, 2018, 7:00-8:45 PM

Program Fees:

$75 for each six-session trimester. Significant others, 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.