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Course Description

Welcome to our online introduction class on Judaism 101. In this course, students will experience the beginnings of Judaism and become familiar with some of the basic beliefs and tenants of one of the largest religions in the world. You'll be introduced to the Synagogue and life customs and traditions such as bris and bar mitzvah. Jewish celebrations and Holy Days are also briefly introduced in order to offer greater understanding of the origination and importance of traditions found within Judaism.

During this course, you'll also be introduced into home life in a Jewish family, as well as the types of foods considered kosher. You'll gain a glimpse into the written and oral laws of Judaism and understand why they're so important to the Jewish people, from rules regarding marriage to how Jewish families grieve the loss of a loved one. Concepts regarding Jewish prayer, beliefs regarding mysticism, and the existence of angels and demons, heaven and hell are also covered.

We'll offer students a brief history of the leaders, prophets and kings of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham to the destruction of the second temple, followed by a review of one of the most tragic periods in human history - the Holocaust. Our basic course into Judaism will conclude with the literal rebirth of the Jewish nation and their continued struggle to maintain a land they can call their home - the modern state of Israel.

We hope this course will interest students into continuing their learning and research of Judaism, in order to encourage tolerance, knowledge and acceptance of religions around the world.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: What is Judaism?

Lesson 2: Who's Who in the Synagogue

Lesson 3: Life Traditions

Lesson 4: Jewish Celebrations and Holy Days

Lesson 5: The Jewish Home

Lesson 6: Jewish Foods and Cuisine

Lesson 7: Jewish Written Laws

Lesson 8: The Oral Laws

Lesson 9: Jewish Burial Rituals and Traditions

Lesson 10: Abraham to Exodus

Lesson 11: The Books of Moses

Lesson 12: From King David to the Lesser Prophets

Lesson 13: Jewish Prayers

Lesson 14: Jewish Mysticism

Lesson 15: The Holocaust

Lesson 16: Starting Over

Lesson 17: The Six-Day War

Lesson 18: Influential Jewish Contributions

Lesson 19: Post Modern Age Judaism

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Judaism is.
  • Describe who's who in the Synagogue.
  • Know life traditions.
  • Know Jewish celebrations and holy days.
  • Describe the Jewish home.
  • Know Jewish foods and cuisine.
  • Know Jewish Written Laws.
  • Describe the Oral Laws.
  • Describe Jewish Burial Rituals and Traditions.
  • Know Abraham to Exodus.
  • Describe The Books of Moses.
  • Know From King David to the Lesser Prophets.
  • Know Jewish Prayers.
  • Describe Jewish Mysticism.
  • Know The Holocaust.
  • Describe The Six-Day War.
  • Know influential Jewish contributions.
  • Describe Post Modern Age Judaism, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam9
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 Exam7
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exam9
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15 Exam10
Lesson 16 Assignment25
Lesson 16 Exam10
Lesson 17 Assignment25
Lesson 17 Exam9
Lesson 18 Assignment25
Lesson 18 Exam9
Lesson 19 Assignment25
Lesson 19 Exam10
The Final Exam80
Total Points:740

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