Together Groups

EHRS Together Groups are all about making our congregation of over 3000 people a place where we know each other and are can find people who share their interests. It’s a great way of making sure that more and more of our members find the people within the Synagogue that we would especially enjoy getting to know. It is based on a very successful model that has been developed by a number of other large Synagogues around the world. Two great examples are Central Synagogue in Manhattan’s Core Groups click here, and The Temple of Atlanta, Georgia’s Temple Connect Small Groups click here.

The idea is this: your synagogue supports our members in creating groups, which could be as few as five or six people or as many as twenty-five to thirty, around any interest or topic that sits alongside the values of the Synagogue. They could be shared care groups or interest groups. They could be groups to help meet a challenge. They could be groups just for fun. They could be learning groups. The principle is that they are led by members of the Synagogue with the support of the Synagogue staff team to get started, get out to members and find resources.

Together groups are a natural way of bringing our community together, person by person and helping our Synagogue to be more and more. It is a way of building great relationships in our lives with people we do know and with people we don’t. If you have a group you might like to get going please contact any of our Rabbis, Marian Cohen or Val Joseph at the Synagogue and we will be delighted to help you.

Our current and proposed EHRS Together groups are listed alphabetically below.

Badminton Group

Mondays, 20:00-21:00 in Aldenham

Do you play, did you play or do you want to play Badminton?

Come and join us each week for a friendly doubles game or two in a non-competitive environment.

Level – recreational / social

Please click here to register

Bumps, Babies & Coffee!

Wednesday 15 June, 10:30-12:00

EHRS are here to support parents and families. Are you about to have a baby or have recently had a baby? (up to 1 years old), come and join our informal morning and meet other parents (to-be).

The session will be facilitated by Emma Gilmore – Postnatal Practitioner. A great place to share ideas, connect with others and discuss relevant topics in the transition to parenting and life with a new baby. Let your little ones enjoy our baby area and toys, while you enjoy a hot refreshment.

Members and non-members of EHRS all welcome.

Contact Sarah Koster for more information, youngfamilies@ehrs.uk

 

Coffee & Chat

Wednesdays, 10:30-12:00 fortnightly

Our tea and coffee mornings take place in the EHRS lounge every second and fourth Wednesday of the month for those on their own who would like to meet others in the same situation.

Please click here to register

Cookalongs

Join our monthly Cookalong’s where we create delicious treats together with all different types of foods, led by Rabbi Debbie and open to all adults who would like to join us.

Past Cookalong’s have included Hamantashen for Purim, Vegan dishes, Chinese fakeaway, fresh pasta, a Tu B’Shevat seder, Pesach florentines and cocktails, Foraging and Freebies, Shavuot alternatives to cheesecake, challah making, cookies & loaf cakes for tea, making our own ice-cream, and vegan & Parev desserts.

Wednesday 22 June: A classic of Anglo-Jewish life – fishballs! You can also make gefilte fish in this session but Rabbi Debbie won’t be! Come and learn how easy and delicious fresh homemade fishballs are! Perfect for a summer picnic or a Shabbat starter! Credit and thanks for Rabbi Debbie’s fishball recipe must go to her Mother in Law and EHRS member, Estelle Somers
Wednesday 27 July: Community Cookalong in Person. Join us in the EHRS kitchen for a Chesed Food Cookalong. We will be making a delicious soup to be frozen in portions and distributed by the Rabbis and Community Care team when there is need. Booking is essential as space is limited.
Wednesday 24 August: Summer Pudding Sandwiches! A fabulous re-boot of the English Summer Classic! (back on Zoom)

Please click here to book your place

Foraging Group

During the special Jewish Year known as the ‘Shmita’ or sabbatical, we are looking forward to learning with our member Peter Bradley about local foraging opportunities through the seasons.

Sunday 4 September
Summer Foraging

More details coming soon. Please register your interest.

Please click here to book your place

Genesis

This recently established informal, friendly and caring social group is for those aged 60 plus who lost their partners during Covid or in recent years.

If you are interested in this group please click here to register your interest.

Israeli Dancing

Mondays, 11:00-12:30

Please join us for our Israeli Dance Class at EHRS. This class is for all adults and runs weekly.

A warm welcome to all who want to join us for this energetic and fun morning.

Please click here to book your place

Let's Talk about ED

If you are the parent of a teen who is battling an eating disorder, you might like to chat with other mums and dads in a similar situation to share your struggles, exchange tips on how to cope or just know that you are not alone.

To join this warm, non-judgemental group, please click here to register.

Phoenix

Following on from the success of Genesis, a recently established bereavement group for those who have recently lost their partners and which is now full, there is demand for another group.

This group will be for those in their 70s and bereaved, who would like to meet others in a similar situation with a view to doing things together.

If this appeals to you and you would like to find out more please click here to register your interest for this group.

Rabbi Kraft Memorial Book Club

The ‘Rabbi Kraft Memorial Book Club’, was set up in memory of our dearly missed Rabbi Neil Kraft z”l. Rabbi Kraft was a keen reader and we’re sure that he would have been pleased with this new venture. As a tribute to Rabbi Kraft we will include books which touch on the values he was most passionate about, such as understanding and caring.

We will meet on the first Tuesday of each month (unless specified)
For more information about the book club and your suggestions for future books to discuss, please email education@ehrs.uk

Coming Up:
Tuesday 5 July, 19:30 – The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Tuesday 2 August, 19:30 – The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie.

More details of these books can be found on the calendar section of the website

Please click here to book your place

Rosh Chodesh

The New Moon is a traditional women’s holiday, but this monthly study group is open to all.

Rabbi Debbie welcomes everyone who would like to learn at this monthly group in person and on Zoom.
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!

Thursday 30 June: Tammuz – Are we really free of idolatry?
Thursday 28 July: Av – Rituals of Grief. Why do we light yahrzeit candles? What are the stones for? Are there modern ways of
personalising rites of mourning?
Thursday 1 September: Elul – Soul Candles. Join us for a rediscovered Shtetl ritual observed during Elul in order to honour the living and the dead.

Please click here to book your place

Schmoozing with the Rabbis

New Options: For the active retired and semi-retired (60 plus)

Join our Rabbis for a light hearted topical discussion, in an informal setting, in person at EHRS and on Zoom

Thursday 7 July with Rabbi Jackie Tabick, 10.30-11.30
Wednesday 10 August with Student Rabbi Rachel Weston, 10.30-11.30
Wednesday 7 September with Rabbi Debbie, 10.30-11.30

Please click here to book your place

Singing Circle

Mondays, 14:00-15:00

Do you enjoy singing in the EHRS service and are in awe of the choir?

The Singing Circle is an opportunity for anyone who doesn’t have perfect pitch to sing a medley of EHRS favourites and learn some new Hebrew songs based on short texts which will be transliterated. We can always throw in some English hits of yesteryear. And you don’t have to read music.

Join Lawrence Cohen, your song leader, for an hour of joyous harmonies! This group runs weekly at EHRS.

Please click here to book your place

Talmud Class

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!

Upcoming dates:
Sundays, 10 &24 July, 14 August, 10:00-11:00

Please click here to book your place and you will receive the Talmud texts we are studying.

TV Addicts Club

Are you an avid TV watcher? Do you enjoy documentaries, TV shows, and films?

This Together Group will meet fortnightly on a Thursday evening, 19:30-22:00 to enjoy brand new and old classics of TV and film.

Come along and meet people with the same enthusiasm and relax in front of the box, with delicious treats to enjoy whilst we watch.

Upcoming features:
The Help
Death on the Nile (2022)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
David Attenborough’s Our Planet
1917
West Side Story (2021)
Dian Fossey – Secrets in the Mist
Fiddler on the Roof

Please click here to register your interest to join this group.

Whiskey Tasting Group

Join us at EHRS for an evening of whiskey tasting where you can sample different whiskys and chat about your favourites with others who share the same love for this delicious tipple.

Members are asked to supply whisky which we can all have a taste of. Please bring your own whisky tumbler if you so wish, though small disposable shot glasses will be available.

Light refreshments will be provided. Hosted by Laurence Stein.

Please click here to register