Introduction to Jewish Life
Course Developed by: Rabbi Jeffrey Schrager
This course provides students with little or no background in Judaic studies a foundation from which they can continue their Jewish educational journey. Becoming familiar with critical terms and concepts basic to Jewish life, students will also encounter the richness and meaning of Jewish teachings. Hearing from diverse perspectives, students will learn about God, prayer, Shabbat and holidays, community service, and many other topics crucial to living and learning in a Jewish community. Along with learning the information students from all backgrounds will also connect Jewish practice to their daily experience.
Rabbi Schrager was raised in Rochester, NY. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and then Yeshiva University where he majored in English Literature. He has been a classroom teacher for more than a decade, first in Rochester and subsequently at the Akiba Academy of Dallas, TX, where he served as the Middle School Judaic Studies Coordinator. In 2015, Rabbi Schrager and his family fulfilled their dream of moving to Israel, where they currently reside in Ramat Beit Shemesh.