No. ITJ-DL strongly believes that those joining the Jewish people need to work with a “local” rabbi and have a “local” Jewish religious community in which they join. Thus, there is a requirement for all students taking the Basic course to have a local rabbinic/Cantorial sponsor who is directly associated with a Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Renewal congregation.
Whether born Jewish, someone exploring Judaism for their own, or someone wanting to learn about Judaism to support their Jewish family members, all students in the “Basic” course need to have a “local” sponsoring rabbi/cantor associated with a temple/synagogue.
A key aspect of Judaism is peoplehood and community. Rabbis and cantors (and in some very small Jewish communities rabbinic students) directly associated with temples/synagogues are the learning link into the Jewish people and the Jewish community. Those involved in creating ITJ-DL strongly believe that learning to live a Jewish life requires a mentor in the process, specifically a rabbi or cantor associated with a congregation. And that part of the mentoring process is meeting with the rabbi/cantor throughout the course.
Yes. If you do not already have a sponsoring rabbi/cantor ITJ-DL will be glad to work with you to find a rabbi/cantor directly connected with a Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Renewal congregation.
This course is designed for students in the US and Canada (plus US military personnel). “Local” will vary.
Upfront Registration - $540
Complete Course (90% of work done) – course fee refunded ($90)
Total Cost of Course when completed: $450