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Back To Basics

Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics.

Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements, Torah laws, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and Kabbalah, we’ll uncover the answers to the “why” behind Judaism. Together, we’ll look deeper and discover answers to questions we might never have thought to ask.

Back to Basics costs $150 for WHC members and $250 for non-members for the semester. The class is offered Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Temple starting on January 9 and Wednesdays at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 7:00 - 9:00 pm starting on January 10.

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If you did not experience a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we provide the opportunity for you to do so at the end of the “Back to Basics” course with our adult B'nei Mitzvah – an enormously moving and special service. For more information, contact Gerdy at or 301-762-6994.