Adult Education
Access to Judaism Classes 
 Specially prepared for members and friends of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue and Woodford Liberal Synagogue by Rabbis Larry Becker and Richard Jacobi.

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in this course. As course tutors, we aim to provide you with a programme and format that provides:
All the essential education in Judaism needed by someone choosing to become Jewish.
Stimulus and learning for those already Jewish who want to enrich their Judaism (by attending the whole course, or individual sessions).
A complement to experiencing Jewish life at home and in synagogue community.
A launch-pad for further learning, both formal and informal.

Teaching will be mainly by us, supplemented by others as required. For those converting to Judaism, your sponsoring rabbi will act as your personal tutor throughout the course.

Course Structure
The course will consist of:
1.Background reading / research before each class, usually prompted by questions.
2.Classes, usually on Wednesday evenings after the Hebrew class, starting around 8:30pm and finishing at 10:00pm.
3.As you become more experienced, possibly leading a class, with your preparation supported by one of the tutors;
4.For those converting to Judaism in the Liberal movement, and others who might wish to consolidate their learning, essays on two selected subjects. More details will be given to those people needing or wanting them.
5.Opportunities to spend time with and learn from other members of the communities. Apart from attending services and other congregational activities, and ‘getting stuck in’, we will aim to give each person converting to Judaism a contact person to mentor them; other participants might also want someone to help them in their learning.

Those who are converting to Judaism will need to achieve a basic proficiency in the Hebrew of the prayer book (siddur). The Hebrew class is meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm (before the Access to Judaism class) and the cost of the class will be shared among the participants in it.

The course will be swap roughly every half-term between Woodford Liberal Synagogue (WLS) and Sukkat Shalom Synagogue (SSRS).

Rabbis Richard Jacobi and Larry Becker  December 2014


Claudia Potter  was Bat Mitzvah in the synagogue on Saturday 9th June 2018.

She was supported by her mother Katia Di Dominica who is from Italy.

Claudia took much of the service and read from the Torah beautifully.

We were also treated to a translation of the Torah in Italian.


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