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.

Stonegrove Serenade - Music for the Community

EHRS is delighted to present Stonegrove Serenade, a series of lunchtime concerts at EHRS. On every third Tuesday of the month, please join us for music featuring up and coming classical musicians.
Audiences and musicians alike have praised Stonegrove Serenade’s fantastic acoustics, intimate concert setting and warm welcome and attendees have been bowled over with the standard of talent the series has attracted. Café 118 has delighted customers with its fresh and tasty homemade food. Some of the comments we have received is that its ‘an oasis of calm’ and ‘it doesn’t matter if you’re on your own, there is always someone friendly to sit with’.
Stonegrove Serenade and Café 118 are run by volunteers with support from EHRS and Simply Scrumptious Catering. We pay our talented musicians – high calibre students and graduates of The Royal College of Music – providing work for them, as well as an opportunity for audiences to enjoy a very reasonably priced meal, concert and company. We are grateful for everyone’s donations on the door and some generous extra donations which enable us to continue to book musicians. All funds raised go into the provision of Stonegrove Serenade and Café 118 and not to other synagogue purposes.

Tuesday 18 October, 13:00
We welcome The Morello Quartet
Concert Programme:

Charleton Singleton – Testimony ~ Dimitri Klebanov – String Quartet no. 4 (i. Allegro Moderato, ii. Larghetto, iii. Scherzando, iv. Allegro) ~ Beethoven – String Quartet no. 10 ‘Harp’ (iii. Presto) ~ Dvorak – String Quartet no. 12 (ii. Lento) ~ Nordic Folk Music arr. Danish String Quartet – ‘Dromer’, ‘Ach Varmeland du Skona’, ‘Waltz After Lasse in Lyby’, ‘Unst Boat Song’ and ‘Shine You No More’

All are welcome. Admission is free, suggested donation £5.

We invite you to enjoy a light lunch in our pop up cafe before the concert. ‘Cafe 118’ will be open 12:00, last orders at 12:45.
The café will re-open after the concert with drinks, cake, and a chat. Please note when booking if you will be using the café.

Please go to the calendar section on the website for full details and to book.
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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 15 October, 9:15-10:15
Is it a booth? Is it a cloud? Is it a place? We will uncover what Torah and Rabbinic texts have to share about dwelling in Sukkot, and how that might change our experience of the festival. With Rabbi Debbie.

Talmud Class

Talmud Class via Zoom
Sundays 18 September & 13 October, 10:00-11:00

EHRS’s stimulating and friendly Talmud class is open to all levels of Jewish knowledge. Join Rabbi Mark to grapple with the ideas of our classical Rabbis. 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 24 November, 20:00 – Rosh Chodesh Kislev
We will begin our series with a session that many have requested – 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?

Hebrew Begins with Shalom

Hebrew begins with Shalom
Tuesdays, 14:00-15:00

A course in learning to read Hebrew led by Lawrence Cohen.

No pressure, no exams, just a relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss how English and Hebrew have many similarities when it comes to reading!

Suitable for either complete beginners or brusher uppers.

There will be a one off charge of £3 for course materials.

Please click here to book

Live Performance of ‘The Stove’

Live Performance of ‘The Stove’
created by lifelong EHRS member Emma Brand
Sunday 6 November, 19:00-20:30

Part participatory performance, part communal meal, The Stove invites you to forge connections through storytelling. The Stove is a virtual meeting place, a fireside, kitchen table, cooking pot composite – a place to share stories over dinner and create new worlds with people you haven’t yet got to know.
The Stove was originally created online in March 2020 as an antidote to isolation, and has since become an in-person storytelling experience, complete with a shared meal. The in-person Stove, developed for Tsitsit Festival, explores the inherited tales we bring to the table. It is a journey to the ‘old country’ and back again through the eyes of a Jewish child refugee.
About the creator of The Stove – Emma Brand is a theatre-maker and performer, and life-long member of EHRS. Having studied Performance Making at Goldsmiths University, she has taken shows to VAULT Festival, Brighton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe. (‘Brand creates a magical world of comfort for all to share’, ****A Younger Theatre).

There are 20 tickets available, £20 per person including dinner.

Please click here to book your place.