There are many resources available at your fingertips to learn more about Judaism. If you have additional recommendations, send an email to administrator at sinaibrookline.org. Please keep in mind that there is much more at these sites than what is listed below, feel free to explore to find valuable content. Here is a sampling of a few recommended Jewish websites:
My Jewish Learning (www.myjewishlearning.com) is an excellent starter to learn more about Judaism. Each topic of interest has different levels of content depending on your own knowledge. You can start with a refresher on a holiday or an event, or you can jump right in to read philosophical analysis. Among the many topics you can learn about are:
- Jewish Holidays and their origins
- Jewish History
- Daily Life and Practice
- Life Cycle Events
- Ideas and Beliefs
- Culture, Literature and Food
ShalomBoston (www.shalomboston.com) is a primer about Judaism with a Bostonian touch. Features include the following:
- A calendar of Jewish Holidays and Events, which is useful as one plans for holidays such as Passover, Chanukkah and the High Holidays
- A community section which has content on events in Boston, and groups that you can join
- Discussion Forums on a variety of topics
- A food section, where one can find recipes to a variety of Jewish dishes
- Listings of Jewish products and services in the Greater Boston area
For the sites listed above, you can join their mailing list. You DO NOT need to leave anything but an email address. You will be prompted to provide more information, but this is not mandatory.
The Union for Reform Judaism, or URJ, is the leading organization of Reform Judaism in the United States. Their site, www.urj.org, contains a section that focuses on learning opportunities, www.urj.org/learning . At urj.org, you can find:
- A glossary of Jewish terms
- The weekly Torah reading, plus an opportunity to get on their “10 minutes of Torah” e-mail list
- Content on building a Jewish library, including recommended works of Jewish literature
- Information on Outreach and becoming a Jew
Reform Jewish Outreach , a department of the URJ Northeast Council regional office, has its own website. This site is a resource for interfaith couples and individuals exploring Judaism. The site describes URJ’s program offerings such as Yours, Mine & Ours, A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?, Introduction to Judaism, Inside Interfaith Marriage and New Beginnings . It lists a schedule of classes, Jewish holidays, registration information, and links to the Reform congregations in the Greater Boston area.
For information about classes for interfaith couples and individuals interested in exploring Judaism in the Greater Boston area, go to www.reformjudaismboston.org .
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (www.jfcsboston.org) is the leading provider of comprehensive human services in the Greater Boston area. JF&CS helps people of all faiths, races, and ages with the challenges of life. Serving 80 communities, the agency provides services for new mothers, young families, people with disabilities, fragile elders, and is a place where the chronically poor can turn to for vital and personalized services.
CJP SeniorDirect (www.cjpseniordirect.com) is a professionally staffed telephone information and referral service. The telephone line is staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by experts in eldercare issues who are knowledgeable of the full range of Boston’s eldercare services and government-subsidized programs and benefits. The website provides information about each agency and answers callers’ most frequently asked questions.