Exploring Judaism

Exploring Judaism: An Introduction to Jewish Life

Posted on: Friday June 7, 2013

Exploring Judaism

Exploring Judaism is a program of Jewish learning and experience for those interested in learning more about Judaism as well as pursuing or thinking about conversion. We welcome individuals and couples of all backgrounds wishing to engage with our religious and cultural tradition through the unique Conservative movement perspective that understands Judaism as an ancient tradition based upon Biblical and rabbinic wisdom, evolving and adapting throughout history. 

Management of this program is in transition to the Jewish Theological Seminary. If you are interested in being notified about when the next cohort will start, please email conversion@jtsa.edu.

Exploring Judaism includes a 24 session introduction to Judaism class with a basic Hebrew component along with a series of workshops led by congregational rabbis, visits to New York City Conservative synagogues and other experiences. The program director and class teacher will also be available for counseling and advisement.

Conservative Rabbis in New York City

Bronx (Riverdale)

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz,
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale      


Rabbi Matt Carl,
East Midwood Jewish Center 

Rabbi Carie Carter,
Park Slope Jewish Center

Rabbi Robert Judd,
Bay Ridge Jewish Center

Rabbi Eliseo D. Rozenwasser,
Temple Sholom 

Rabbi Samuel Weintraub,
Kane Street Synagogue


Rabbi Rachel Ain,
The Sutton Place Synagogue

Rabbi Daniel Alder,
Brotherhood Synagogue

Rabbi Guy Austrian,
Fort Tryon Jewish Center 

Rabbi Scott Bolton,
Congregation Or Zarua

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove,
Park Avenue Synagogue

Rabbi Jonah Geffen,
Congregation Shaare Zedek 

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky,
Congregation Ansche Chesed

Rabbi Lisa Gelber,
Congregation Habonim

Rabbi Eugene Wernick
Or Olam - The East 55th Street Synagogue

Rabbi Laurence Sebert,
Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue


Rabbi Robin Fryer Bodzin,
Israel Center for Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Moshe Birnbaum,
Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills

Rabbi Geoffrey Goldberg,
Jewish Center of Forest Hills West

Rabbi Gary Greene,
Marathon Jewish Community Center

Rabbi Manes Kogan,
Hillcrest Jewish Center

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik,
Forest Hills Jewish Center

Rabbi Gerald Sussman,
Temple Emanu El

Rabbi Albert Thaler,
Temple Gates of Prayer

Rabbi David Wise,
Hollis Hills Jewish Center

Rabbi Gordon Yaffe,
Little Neck Jewish Center


Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,
New York Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach,
Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons