All Things Jewish (Adult Education)

EHRS’ All Things Jewish committee put on an array of events that cater to many different interests. Our comprehensive adult education programme ensures that further learning can be not only fun but even leave you wanting more.

It’s not all about Jewish learning, we pride ourselves on offering our synagogue members the chance to unwind with entertainment nights, interactive cookery demonstrations, talks by fascinating speakers and we are even responsible for the annual EHRS Awards – Everyday Heroes Recognised as Stars.

There really is something for everybody, so why not explore the great range of upcoming events we’ve got planned. Don’t forget, we can get pretty booked up so make sure you sign up nice and early if something appeals to you.

For more information please email We look forward to seeing you soon, ATJ Committee.

Who Jew You Think You Are?

Who Jew You Think You Are?
Wednesday 11 January, 20:00

Join us for the third in a series of special events where we explore the fascinating lives of special guests.

This time, Synagogue Chair Jeremy Harrod, will be in conversation with Laurence Stein.

Jeremy will be talking about his affection for Judaism and his hobbies and interests, as well his time at EDRS/EHRS.

Book your place for a truly memorable evening.

Please click here to book.

This will also be available on Zoom.


Rabbi Tanya's ‘Desert Island Texts’

Rabbi Tanya’s ‘Desert Island Texts’
Thursday 2 February, 20:00-21:30

Rabbi Tanya shares with Laurence Stein the Jewish ideas and texts which inspire her as a Jew and a Rabbi.

What would our new Rabbi want to ponder if marooned on a desert island?

Join us in person at EHRS or on Zoom.

Please click here to book.

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Tu B’Shevat Seder
Sunday 5 February, 11:00-12:30

Join us for a very special EHRS Tu B’Shevat Seder where we will be celebrating our wonderful EHRS volunteers and the seeds they plant in their generous work.

The seder will include a variety of fruits and juices, and a special seder service celebrating our trees, the environment, and the good that we do in the world.

Please click here to book as places are limited.

The Pale of Settlement

The Pale of Settlement
Mondays, 30 January, 6, 13, 20 & 27 February, 19:30 on Zoom

The Pale of Settlement is a very important part of our Jewish history. The Pale was the biggest Jewish Ghetto in the history of humanity, which existed for 126 years, made a profound impact on both Jewish and the world’s history at the time. Many Jewish families around the world trace their roots back to the Pale.

In the series of 5 talks we will learn about the history and the lessons from of the Pale.

Please feel free to join any of the sessions!

With Rabbi Tanya.

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew Class

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew Class
Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00

Would you like to be able to converse more easily in Ivrit whether for your holidays to Israel, or be able to talk to Israeli grandchildren in their own language or thinking of making Aliyah one day? You can learn in a warm, friendly environment (currently on Zoom) with an experienced teacher.

Our class meets on Tuesday mornings on Zoom.
To get the most from this class, you should be able to read basic Hebrew, and in script would also be helpful.

This class is free for EHRS members and just £40.00 a term for non-members.

For further information or to register please contact or call 020 8238 1012

Bite of Torah

Bite of Torah for everyone interested in Torah
Our popular Saturday morning Torah study in it’s wonderful richness. Please go to the calendar section of the website to book in person attendance on particular dates. Zoom details will be provided in Our Week Ahead email, or email

Saturday 21 January
Vaeira – This mental Health Shabbat Rabbi Debbie will reflect on the 10 plagues which we begin reading about in this week’s portion, and their connection to our individual mental health and that of our societies. Can Judaism be a source of support in the midst of the darkness?

Saturday 18 February
Mishpatim – In our session we will focus on the above chapters, which is known as the first part of the Book of the Covenant. We will look through the civil and criminal matters, treatment of male and female Hebrew indentured servants and capital punishments, compare some of the laws in Parashat Mishpatim to the laws in the Ancient Near-Eastern Law documents, and finish with the quiz! With Rabbi Tanya.

Talmud Class

Talmud Class via Zoom
15 January, 19 February & 19 March, 10:00-11:00

EHRS’s stimulating and friendly Talmud class is open to all levels of Jewish knowledge.

During Rabbi Mark’s Sabbatical, Rabbi Tanya will be teaching the class. Join the discussion of 2000 years ago and its remarkable relevance to issues today.

No previous Talmud study experience necessary, just a thirst to get deep into the foundational texts of Judaism.

This class is conducted online through Zoom as discussion and argument is what it is all about!

Please email to get the Zoom details and the Talmud texts we are studying.

Rosh Hodesh

Rosh Hodesh
Torah Study In Person and on Zoom

Rabbi Debbie welcomes everyone who would like to learn at this monthly group. Throughout 5782 (2021-22) our monthly Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) group is deepening their knowledge and engagement with Jewish rituals, ancient and new, sometimes a bit of both!

To register to attend in person please do so via our Together Groups page You can join us in person or on Zoom, though there will usually be an interactive element in the second half that will be enhance by being present if you are able. Zoom details will be provided in Our Week Ahead email, or email

Rosh Hodesh A New Series for 5783: Sun and Moon – Both Give Light
For this new year of months, we will be inviting guests who might typically be seen to have opposing view points, and exploring how they hold space together despite their differences. For Rosh Chodesh Tishrei and Cheshvan we will take a pause to focus on the chagim.

Thursday 26 January – Rosh Chodesh Shevat
Join Rabbi Tanya to explore Right’s & Wrong’s from Russian and Ukranian perspectives.

Thursday 23 February – Rosh Chodesh Adar
Join our Director of Education Marian Cohen as we ask Are Jewish Day Schools good for the Jews?

Thursday 23 March – Rosh Chodesh Nisan
We are delighted to be able to reschedule this much requested discussion! Rabbi Debbie will be joined by her husband, Rabbi Gary Somers, who received Orthodox semichah in 2019 in the area of kashrut. How does a Reform Rabbi build a life with an Orthodox Rabbi?