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 atj@ehrs.uk. We look forward to seeing you soon, ATJ Committee.

Bite of Torah

Bite of Torah for everyone interested in Torah
Our popular Saturday morning Torah study in it’s wonderful richness. Zoom link details will be provided in Our Week Ahead email so that you can participate and ask questions.

Saturday 16 January, 09:15-10:00
Mental Health in the Torah – Student Rabbi Lev Taylor’s shiur is especially for EHRS’s Mental Health Shabbat. How do the characters in the Torah deal with challenges to their mental health – the stress of Moses’ leadership, the distress of Sarah, the displacement of Joseph and more.

Saturday 20 February, 09:15-10:00
Parashat Terumah: Making a Universe – The week we begin five Parshiot which describe in great detail the Israelite’s building project, the Mishcan, or Tabernacle. Rabbi Mark ask why so much detail? Why does it take God one chapter to make the universe but the Israelites five entire Torah portions to make one temporary structure?

Saturday 6 March, 09:15-10:00
The Tablets of the Covenant: The “Horns” on Moses face – We are delighted welcome our Emeritus Rabbi Danny Smith to teach us in this Bite of Torah. Moses smashed the first set of Tablets on seeing the Golden Calf. He spent another 40 days on Mount Sinai and came down with the second set of Tablets unaware that his face was beaming. What is going on? Can a relationship be the same after unfaithfulness and reconciliation? And does religion depend on God’s grace or on our work? Exodus 34:27-35

Talmud Class

Talmud Class via Zoom
Sundays 3 January, 17 January, 7 February & 28 February, 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 rabbi.mark@ehrs.uk to get the Zoom details and the Talmud texts we are studying.

Rosh Hodesh: All About Eve with Eleanor Davis

Rosh Hodesh: All About Eve with Eleanor Davis
Torah Study via Zoom

Mondays evenings, 20:00-21:00 running monthly until July 2021
(11 January, 8 February, 8 March, 12 April, 10 May, 7 June, 5 July)

All About Eve: The New Moon is a traditional women’s holiday, but this monthly study group is open to all. This year we’re exploring Eve’s story in Torah and Rabbinic literature, to investigate the first woman as an individual and as an archetype. Join us to discover how Eve is far more than just a spare rib.
Please email atj@ehrs.uk for Zoom details.

Gates of Everyday Holiness – A course in Mussar

Gates of Everyday Holiness – A course in Mussar

This course has been running since November 2020 and continues until April 2021 on alternate Tuesdays taught by Rabbis Monique Mayer and Mark Goldsmith on the principles of Mussar, the Jewish practice which helps us to find the best in ourselves. The group is full. We hope to offer further Mussar courses in the future.

GodWrestling – a guided discussion about belief and uncertainty

GodWrestling – a guided discussion about belief and uncertainty

This is a group of EHRS that has been meeting monthly since November to explore our views about God and our relationships to him/her/it with Rabbi Mark. The group filled up completely before the first session and we expect to run the sessions again later in the year for those who would like to join us. So far we have studied articles by Jonathan Freedland, and Professors Neil Gillman and Menachem Kellner.

Please contact Rabbi Mark, rabbi.mark@ehrs.uk, if you would like to know as soon as the next class is planned.