All Things Jewish
With All Things Jewish at EHRS there’s a chance to learn Hebrew, investigate Jewish responses to contemporary issues, examine the issue of K’vod Ha’briyot (human dignity), try out mindfulness - and much more!
Please take a copy of the current ATJ Brochure available in the synagogue foyer.
Mondays, 6, 13, 20 & 27 January, 3, 10, 24 February & 2 March (no class 17 February due to half term)
19:30 - 21:30
Due to the popularity of our Art Class throughout the Winter of 2019, we have a new 8 week course starting in January 2020. An enjoyable and friendly art class where all abilities are welcome. All materials are supplied and the class is run again by the wonderful Claire Bright.
Donations for costs of art supplies:
Adults - £40 total (£5 per week), Concession (over 60’s and students) - £24 total (£3 per week)
NEW: Beginners Hebrew
Sundays 12 January - 29 March, 11:00
How to Explain Reform Judaism to your Orthodox Friends
Tuesdays 14 January, 4 February & 3 March, 20:00 - 21:30
Inspired by a question at an event at EHRS, Rabbi Mark will use these three sessions for a series of evenings of learning, discussion and questions about Reform Judaism, our practices, history, authenticity, theology and future. Please book below to confirm your attendance.
EHRS Business Breakfast
Wednesday 4 March, 08:30 - 10:00 in the new Lounge at EHRS
Following the success of our first EHRS Business Breakfast in Central London our second Breakfast is aimed at those who work more locally. We are guests of EHRS member Daniel Mitchell. The idea of this event is that, following an interactive seminar on Jewish Business Ethics with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, we enjoy networking with each other over coﬀee and Danish. Rabbi Mark has written and lectured on Jewish Business Ethics at Limmud and many business and Jewish community venues over two decades.
Please book below
Everyday Heroes Recognised as Stars
Thursday 27 February, 20:00 (Reception at 19:30)
Join us for our second EHRS Awards.
EHRS is lucky enough to have members who make a massive impact in society, it's only right that their community honours them.
This will continue to be our premier event of the year, so make sure you don't miss out - especially if you couldn't make it last year! Dress to impress.
Sunday 15 March, 09:30 - 12:30
An interactive, informative and imaginative morning!
In the spirit of the popular EHRS Day of Learning in December our Seder Megadrive is a morning for adults & young people to help to make this Pesach the best yet.
Sessions led by our Rabbis and guest teachers will include:
‘How to lead a great Seder that engages children’ and ‘Pesach, the origin story in the Talmud’ with Rabbi Mark
‘From the Street to the Table’ liberation issues in our Seder with Rabbi Emily
‘Passover Cookery – Beyond Matzah – a hands on experience’ with Victoria Prever, Food Editor of the Jewish Chronicle
‘Super Creative Sedarim’ with Student Rabbi Eleanor Davis
‘Learning the Songs of the Seder’ with Rabbi Cantor Gershon Silins
‘Seder as an act of Rebellion’ for teens
For children aged 4-11:
How will you escape from Egypt in our great Escape Room Challenge?
Test your skills in mixing, kneading, pricking and cooking …...
Make matzah in 18 minutes - how edible will yours be?
Take a plague bag home straight to your Seder table! What will be in yours that will make your family quiver?
A Crèche is available for the youngest children so that parents can be with us, please book below.
The cost of the event is £5 for adults, £3 concession, and free for under 18’s.
Please book your place below
EHRS Spring Outing: Disraeli Day at Hughenden Manor
Thursday 26 March 09:00 - 18:00
Join Rabbi Mark for a day out in the Berkshire countryside at Hughenden Manor, the home of the first (and so far only) British Prime Minister of Jewish origin, Benjamin Disraeli. Following refreshments and a talk by the curator of the Manor, we will visit the house and gardens. The Manor is displaying the exhibition “Between Two Faiths” which is an exploration of Explore Disraeli’s Jewish roots, his childhood baptism, anti-Semitic public reception, as well as how he created a Jewish visual identity towards the end of his life.
Cost £34 (£24 National Trust members on presentation of their membership card at Hughenden Manor) which includes all transport from and back to EHRS, admissions and refreshments, but does not include the cost of lunch (approx. £10-15 at the Stables Café or feel welcome to bring a packed lunch).
There are only a few places remaining.
To book your place please contact Guy Ronen in the EHRS Education Office on 020 8238 1012
Growing up Jewish in…..
Tuesday 31 March, 20:00 - 21:30
Join Rabbi Mark to meet and hear the stories and experiences of three EHRS members who grew up in countries with a very different Jewish life to Britain, with pictures, music and food to help you feel part of their life, before they came to London.
Sundays 22 March and 26 April, 10:00 - 11:00
Schlissel Challah Bake
Thursday 23 April 17:00 - 19:30
There is a delightful tradition in many Jewish communities to bake a Challah in the shape of a key on the Shabbat after Pesach. Join Rabbi Mark & Sarah Wilson to make your own Schlissel Challah from scratch with all ingredients provided, you can bake it at EHRS ready for you to use on Shabbat or take it home to finish. Includes a talk about the tradition of Challah baking for special occasions. Suitable for adults and children of all ages. Schlissel in Yiddish means key and is a symbol of our freedom from slavery.
Please book your place below so that we have the ingredients ready for you.
Saturday 7 March
Mamzerut – Excluding Jews from their community.
Emma Rozenberg is a family lawyer who is doing research for her PHd on the Orthodox phenomenon of mamzerut. This is where a child born to a woman whose ex-husband refuses to grant an Orthodox religious divorce is excluded from aspects of participation in the Orthodox community, such as marriage. She will explain the situation and its painful effects. Hosted by Rabbi Mark.
Saturday 4 April
Our First Shabbat Shiur is given by Marie Van Der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies. Marie was elected President in 2018. In this Shiur she will share with us the challenges and delights of enabling our diverse Jewish community to have a voice in government and the nation, steering the Board through controversial issues and
empowering the Board to help the development of the British Jewish community. Marie will also be giving the sermon this Shabbat.
Tuesdays 7 January - 24 March, 11:00
An opportunity to brush up on the mameloshen that your Booba used when she got angry with your Zaider.
Mondays 20 January, 24 February & 23 March, 20:00
In honour of the New Moon, a traditional women’s holiday, this is a monthly study group for women and men. We think we know our ancestral mothers, but two almost-matriarchs are largely unfamiliar. By delving into Torah and Rabbinic literature we’ll explore the stories of the two handmaids and what they can teach us.
With Eleanor Davis
Tuesdays 7 January - 31 March, 10:00
A fun, conversational class that is suitable for people who can read script and have a basic spoken Hebrew knowledge.
Shabbats 18 January, 15 February & 21 March, 9:15 - 10:15
Shemot: Why was Moses chosen to lead the Israelites? What special quality did he possess? With Rabbi Neil Kraft.
Yitro: What happened at Sinai? What does Torah mean for Reform Jews today? With Rabbi Neil Kraft.
Our Torah portion for this morning goes into great detail describing the materials needed to build the Tent of Meeting and dress the priests for service. From this we learn that sanctuaries are meant to be not only functional but beautiful also. Join us and our special guests as we explore Jewish textile design and the spirituality behind beautiful spaces. With Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman.
Shabbats 11 January, 8 February & 14 March, 9:15