Choosing Judaism at Temple B’nai Jeshurun

The paradigm for choosing Judaism is found in the Book of Ruth. Ruth replies to her mother-in-law, Naomi, in words that define the spiritual journey:

Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you
go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my
people, and your God my God.
Ruth 1:16.

Just as there are many pathways into Judaism, there are a multitude of ways to move forward on a personal journey to Judaism at the Temple. Because everyone’s journey is different, those interested in joining the Jewish people work with Rabbi Kaufman to create a pathway that is right for him or her. In additional to individuals, families often choose to become Jewish as a group, and many have journeyed into Judaism with Rabbi Kaufman through the years.

Rabbi Kaufman believes that the journey is not merely an educational one that leads to understanding, but is truly a process of becoming part of the Jewish people. Some commitment to attending services and programs as well as adult educational programming is an expected part of the process and you are welcome to attend any and all services, programs, and classes that the Temple offers.

When you finish the process, you can officially join the congregation as a member and participate fully in the life of the congregation, including potentially taking on leadership positions as many Jews-by-choice at the Temple have in the past.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the rabbi, please feel free to email Rabbi Kaufman at or call the Temple office at 515-274-4679.

Rabbi Kaufman’s Adult Education Schedule Spring 2018

All Classes Begin at 7 pm in the Loeb Room and are open to the public.
Those interested in Conversion to Judaism should plan to attend these classes.

Jan 3 The Plague to the Baal Shem Tov
Jan 10 Origins of Reform Judaism
Jan 24 Evolution of the Concept of God
Jan 31 Evolution of the Concept of Salvation
Feb 7 Angels in the Jewish Tradition
Feb 21 The Afterlife
Feb 28 Origins of Antisemitism
Mar 2 Rabbi’s Tish 10:00 a.m. – Justice, Righteousness, and Kindness
Mar 7 Modern Antisemitism and Philosemitism
Mar 14 Introduction to Purim
Mar 21 NO CLASS – Shushan Purim
Mar 28 Zionism and the Founding of Israel
Apr 4 Israel’s Wars
Apr 11 Introduction to Passover
May 2 Lessons of the Shoah
May 9 NO CLASS- Yom Haatzmaut
May 16 Israel and the Pursuit of Peace

Rabbi’s Symposium (Discussions of Current Events)

All Start at 5 pm

January 13 – Granite City Brewery
February 10 – BeerStyles
March 10 – Granite City Brewery
April 14 – BeerStyles