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JBC Becoming Jewish
Temple Israel recognises that there are many journeys to becoming Jewish. While some of us are born Jewish, some of us find our way to Judaism later in life. Every year we run a one year course for those who are curious about Judaism and those who are becoming Jewish. This course begins every January and runs for 12 months and involves study of Hebrew and Judaism, and introduction to the Jewish festivals and Jewish practice.
The students of the Jews-by-Choice appear before our beit din at the end of February after having written an examination on the material they have studied during the year. Applications for the JBC class must be in by the beginning of November in order to be considered.
The subjects covered are:· Judaism in the Synagogue · Biblical Women · Judaism in the Home · Model Shabbat Dinner at Home · Shabbat and Festivals · Birkat haMazon · Life Cycle Events · Waking and Bedtime Prayers and Traveller’s Prayer · Jewish History · Se’udah Shelishit and Havdalah · The Jewish Concept of God · Hanukkat HaBayit · Jewish Literature · Progressive Kashrut · The Structures of Temple Israel · Social Action · Structures of the Cape Town Jewish Community · Israel Today · Crash Courses for each Festival and Fast Day as they occur during the year.