Welcome to ITJ-DL: Introduction to Judaism Distance Learning

Basic 18-Week Course

This 18-week course introduces students to many of the basic concepts for living a Jewish life.

The course is designed for someone:


  • Actively considering joining the Jewish people through the process of conversion.
  • Investigating Judaism to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life because you yourself were brought up in no faith tradition or another faith tradition that no longer seems to “fit” you spiritually or religiously.
  • Born Jewish but had no significant adult level Jewish religious and spiritual education about how to actually live a meaningful Jewish life.
  • Committed to raising Jewish children but are not Jewish yourself
  • Living in a multi-faith Jewish/non-Jewish household and want to better understand and support your Jewish family.


What you will receive from the course:


Exploring each week a key Jewish topic (full list below) that will help you understand:

o What do we do as Jews? 

o When do we do this as Jews?

o How do we do this as Jews?

o Why do we do this as Jews? 

Click to See Weekly Topics

Jewish “Word-Of-The-Day”

A basic vocabulary of 125 key terms and concepts in the Jewish tradition provided through daily emails delivering you with a Jewish “word-of-the-day”

A gateway into the larger Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Renewal Jewish movements.

Those who teach for ITJ-DL will either have been ordained/invested from their movement’s seminaries or will be current seminary students.  Further, all will maintain professional membership in their movements’ rabbinic/cantorial organizations (Central Conference of American Rabbis, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Rabbinical Assembly, American Conference of Cantors, Cantorial Assembly).

Learning some of Judaism’s basic blessings that are important to living a Jewish life such as the:

  • Blessing before a meal
  • Blessing over lighting Sabbath/Holy Day candles
  • Blessing over wine/grape juice (Kiddish)

Exposure to Jewish worship services:

This includes both Friday night Shabbat services and  Saturday morning Shabbat services. Depending on where you live and what is available locally, attendance might be either in-person or by live-streaming. The number of in-person worship services versus the number of live-streaming will be made in conjunction with your rabbi/cantor sponsor.  

What to expect:

  • Each week a range of parallel different learning opportunities to allow you to find the material that allows you to learn best
  • Microlearning, which is geared toward delivering bite size chunks of knowledge. This format has been shown to lead to more effective online learning
  • Teaching material that comes from a modern Jewish perspective that is inclusive, gender and LGBTQ sensitive.