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.

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

Cook-a-Longs

Join our monthly Cook-a-Long’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 Cook-a-Long’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 and making our own ice-cream.

Wednesday 26 January, 20:00
Hungry in Hungary! We will travel together to Budapest from where our chefs for the evening, via the magic of Zoom, will teach us some classic Hungarian dishes, and share a bit about the Jewish community of Hungary today.

Wednesday 23 February, 20:00
With Renata Winters. An EHRS member who appeared on 2020’s MASTERCHEF! They said then she should have her own show so we are delighted Renata has happily agreed to lead this cook-a-long! Not to be missed

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.

Join us on 15 April & 19 May 2022 to explore spring & summer offerings as well as celebrating Pesach & Shavuot harvests!

Please click here to book your place

Genesis

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

If you are interested in this group and would like to help set up a similar 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.

New Bereavement Group

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 1 February, 19:30 – ‘The Weight of Ink’ by Rachel Kadish. We’re delighted that Rachel will be joining us to answer our questions.
Tuesday 1 March. 19:30 – ‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke.

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

Please click here to book your place

Rambling Group

Do you like to ramble?

Rabbi Mati loves to spend time in nature and is looking for fellow walkers to start a rambling group at EHRS. Ideally, we’d meet every 4-6 weeks for a nature ramble, followed by a meal together in a cosy pub or, if the weather allows, a picnic.

We hope to get our group going on 17 April with a Matzah Ramble.

Sounds interesting?
Please click here if you are interested in helping to set up this group.

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 3 February
Adar – Wrapping ourselves in Tallit. Early medieval paintings from Italy show women wearing Tallitot, and it is easy to read the Torah command as applying to everyone, so how and why did tallit become a thing men do? We will explore the history and halachah, before having an opportunity to learn to tie tzit tzit (tassles) either as a keyring, or on a shawl/pashminah.

Thursday 3 March
Adar Sheni – What’s in a name? Names in the Purim story have lots of hidden meanings, but our names also carry stories. We will explore different Jewish traditions of naming, when can names be changed, and have a chance to share the tales our names have to tell.

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

Rabbi Mati on Wednesday 16 February, 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, currently on Zoom

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, 2 & 23 January and 6 & 27 February, 10:00-11:00

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

Whiskey Tasting Group

We’re hoping to start an EHRS Whisky Tasting Club. Ideally, we’d meet every 6 weeks – 2 months, probably at the synagogue when we could sample whiskies that members of the Club had brought to the session.

Sound interesting?

Please click here to register your interest and enthusiasm at sharing a good malt with like-minded members.