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.

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.

Tuesday 19 April, 13:00
Our April concert will feature a flute, cello & piano trio of talented graduates from the Royal College of Music: Sofia Castillo on flute, Idlir Shyti on cello, Simone Alessandro Tavoni on piano
Concert Programme:
Haydn: Trio in G major Hob XV.15  ~  Hummel: Trio op 78  ~  Debussy: Trio in G major L.5
(Café 118 will be open before the concert, serving a delicious Pesach friendly menu)
Please click here to book.

Tuesday 17 May, 13:00
Our May concert will feature The Delphine Trio. The Delphine Trio brings together three passionate young musicians from opposite ends of the globe: Australian clarinetist Magdalenna Krstevska, Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman and pianist Roelof Temmingh, hailing from South Africa.
Concert Programme:
Farrenc Clarinet Trio Op 44  ~  Muczynski Fantasy Trio  ~  Brahms Clarinet Trio Op 114, mov. 3 – Andantino grazioso  ~  Seiber Introduction & Allegro
Please click here to book.

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

We invite you to enjoy refreshments 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 for coffee, tea, homemade cake, and a chat. Please note when booking if you will be using the café.

The Rabbi Michael Leigh z’l Memorial Lecture 2022/5782

Thursday 19 May, 20:00 – 21:30
Can You Say ‘Human Rights’ in Jewish? With Rabbi Michael Marmur

Every year EHRS jointly hosts a lecture together with the Yitzchak Rabin B’nai Brith Lodge on the Yarzheit of our former Rabbi from 1963-1993, Michael Leigh z’l. This year our lecturer is Rabbi Michael Marmur.

Jews have long been involved in declarations, conventions and organizations promoting human rights. But is it Jewish? Does Judaism in its various expressions speak of rights, or emphasise responsibilities? And what about Israel? Are human rights defended from within a Jewish framework, or outside it?

Rabbi Michael Marmur is Associate Professor of Jewish Theology at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, having previously served as Dean in Jerusalem and Provost of the College-Institute. He serves as Chair of the Board for Rabbis for Human Rights. He will offer a way of thinking about these questions employing ancient texts and modern thought.

This evening will be best experienced in person, but will be viewable on Zoom, email june.lewis@ehrs.uk for details.

What Makes Me Angry?

EHRS Launch of Rabbi Jonathan Romain’s new book
Thursday 26 May, 20:00-21:30

Far from being meek and mild, Reform rabbis can get very angry. 21 of them including Rabbi Debbie and Rabbi Mark have written short essays about what provokes their ire and they have been collected in a book edited by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and published by Reform Judaism. The subjects cover major fault-lines in society or the injustice we inflict on others, be it online abuse, climate change, Israel, social exclusion, cruelty to animals, antisemitism, the invisibility of women, business ethics, the integration of converts to Judaism, the wellness industry, and arguing intolerantly. It also asks what makes God angry, as well as reflecting on anger itself and when it can be helpful or unhelpful, productive or narcissistic.

Our Rabbis join Rabbi Romain to introduce you to the book, with copies available if you would like to take one home (at £9.99, discounted to £7.99 if purchased on the night).

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 atj@ehrs.uk

Saturday 21 May
Parashat B’Chukkotai: Blessings and Curses. As we end the Book of Leviitcus this year we hear about the blessings that we should enjoy if we do what the book says, and the curses if we don’t! What are the purposes of these blessings and curses which occur more than once in the Torah, and do they still apply now? Study with Rabbi Mark.

Saturday 18 June
Parashat Sh’lach L’cha: Be prepared. The scouts in the Torah and Haftarah. Both the Torah and Haftarah are stories of scouting out the Land of Israel so that the Israelites have a good chance of making it into the Promised Land. Join Rabbi Mark to study these scouting adventure stories and the great characters within them.

 

Talmud Class

Talmud Class via Zoom
Sundays 1 & 29 May, 12 June, 10 July, 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

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 www.ehrs.uk/togethergroups. 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 atj@ehrs.uk

Thursday 5 May
Iyyar – Moses Isserles, who is regarded as the definitive Halachic authority for Ashkenazi Jews, died during Iyyar in 1573, as did Isaac Alfasi, a leading rabbi from the Maghreb. So this month we will be exploring some of the classic ways Sephardi, Mizrachi and Ashkenzi rituals and customs differ, from blessing our daughters to Kitniot, and the hours between meat and milk!

Rosh Chodesh Sivan falls at the end of May/Start of June – there will be no Rosh Chodesh meeting but please join us for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, on the evening of Saturday 4 June.

Hebrew Begins with Shalom

Hebrew begins with Shalom
Starting Tuesday 26 April, 14:00-15:00

A 10 week 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