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.

EHRS EveryJew Cinema

EHRS EveryJew Cinema
Our Rabbis are hosting a cinema evening at EHRS each month. Popcorn provided & no need to book.

Wednesday 3 November, 19:30
The Green Park Hotel – The story of a glamorous kosher hotel, opened in 1943 on the British Riviera. Narrated by Maureen Lipmann, and revealing a fascinating gleaming part of Anglo-Jewish history. Join Rabbi Debbie for this funny, nostalgic and beautifully told story.

Wednesday 1 December, 19:30
The Frisco Kid – In this 1979 film, a Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco in a journey full of adventure. Starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford, it is a comedy with a heart and has a remarkable connection to one of our Sifrei Torah at EHRS. Rabbi Mark will share the story!

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, or email atj@ehrs.uk

Saturday 20 November, 09:15-10:15
Shabbat Vayishlach: Kissing or Biting? Our ta’amim or singing notes often function as a commentary on the torah portion (as they do this week when Jacob and Esau reunite and in the brotherly hug our singing notes suggest something more sinister!) We will explore this and other areas of commentary in the Torah’s musical notation and scribal traditions.

Saturday 18 December, 09:15-10:15
We have a story to tell. Rabbi Mark continues his series of Shiurim on making sense of our Haftarot, our second bible reading of every Shabbat morning which can often seem impenetrable. In this Shabbat Vayechi our Haftarah is from the Book of Kings, telling the story of King David’s last words to his successor and son Solomon. In this shiur we will study the Haftarot which are history based rather than the words of the prophets. Why are these episodes shared on Shabbat morning?

Talmud Class

Talmud Class via Zoom
Sundays 31 October, 28 November, 12 December & 2 January, 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 via Zoom

Rabbi Debbie welcomes everyone who would like to learn at this monthly group on Zoom, and will be exploring the origins and diverse celebrations of Rosh Hodesh through the ages.

Thursday 11 November – Kislev: Bringing light. The ritual of Shabbat Candle Lighting is possibly one of the most recognisable in the Jewish community. But what is it really for? What does it symbolise? Why has it been seen as a women’s ritual (and should it be?) and why is there no recorded blessing for it in the Talmud when there is for Chanukah candles? We will learn and also explore creative ways to make your own set of travelling Shabbat candles.

Thursday 9 December – Tevet: Where did you get that hat? Why do Jews cover their heads? Do non-Jewish visitors to shul really need to? What do our head coverings mean to us? For those able to attend in person or gather the resources together we will also have the opportunity to learn how to make beaded kippot – for ourselves or as gifts.

Future dates: 6 January, 3 February & 3 March 2022

Please email atj@ehrs.uk for Zoom details.

How to Create your own Mezuzah

How to create your own Mezuzah
Sunday 9 May 2021, 11:00

Much respected and admired sofer, Bernard Benarroch, will be teaching us on Zoom about what goes into creating the scroll for a mezuzah. He will also tell us about the history and tradition of the mezuzah.

Rabbi Mark will take us on a journey around the world to explore different kinds of mezuzot – from using the 10 commandments instead of the Shema to writing the words actually on your doorpost!

You will also have the opportunity to design your own mezuzah case with Rabbi Debbie.

Finally we will be honouring Rabbi Kraft with a mezuzah painted with motifs that remind us of him, which will be put up on the doorpost of what was his office.

We've Travelled So-Far-Day

We’ve Travelled So-Far-Day
Sunday 30 May 2021, 10:00-13:00

This is a morning, dedicated to a whole Jewish world, telling three parts of the Sephardi and Mizrachi Jewish story.
In this year where we cannot travel, EHRS offers you a morning to visit Jewish communities in time and places where we thrived in the past, moved on from or transformed today. At EHRS we frequently tell the Ashkenazi (German and Eastern European) Jewish story. Today is about the many other parts of the world where Judaism has set down roots. We will hear about the Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jewish communities they founded, the flourishing of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah in Safed, Israel, and how Baghdad hosted 2500 years of extraordinary Jewish culture, until the Farhud Day massacre, 80 years ago on June 1-2 1941, began to bring it to an end. The stories will be told by descendants of the Jews of the places we are hearing about, from Baghdad – Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies and author Miriam Halahmy, Tim Regis, brought up in St Lucia, and Janet Berenson, Kabbalah expert, together with Rabbi Mark and Student Rabbi Lev Taylor.

The whole morning takes place on Zoom for adults, with a break for home refreshments! For more details of our speakers and programme through the morning click here
For children of all ages, at exactly the same time, ‘We’ve Travelled So-Far-Day’ takes place in person at EHRS. Please email Marian Cohen at education@ehrs.uk to join the engaging and specially created activities at shul to take a magic carpet to Baghdad, a donkey ride to Safed and a Pirate Ship to the Caribbean and help your children to learn about the breadth of our Jewish heritage.

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.