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.
Saturday 7 September
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof. Justice, justice you shall pursue declares the Torah. Following that imperative, many Jews have made studying and practicing law a foundational component of their identity. One such individual was René Cassin, a French Jewish jurist, law professor and judge. Cassin was instrumental in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. For this shiur, we welcome guests from René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, a charity devoted to protecting and promoting human rights across the globe. With Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
Saturday 5 October
On this Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Mark explores the concept of cheshbon ha nefesh, accounting for our soul in order to know where we start when we seek to make changes in the year ahead. With Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.
Saturday 2 November
Ethiopian Jews in Israel - 35 years of success and challenge. Though the first Ethiopian Jews to make Aliyah arrived in the Land of Israel in 1934, Aliyah began in earnest in 1984 with Operation Moses, bringing Jews from the then famine ravaged areas of Ethiopia to a new life in the State of Israel. How good has that life been, what is happening with the second and even third generation? Hear the, by turns, good and tough story from Tebeka, the Israeli Ethiopian organisation, which helps Ethiopian Olim navigate the State, brought to EHRS by the New Israel Fund. Hosted by our Rabbis.
Saturday 7 December
The Reform Beit Din - our way of conversion, adoption, divorce and dispute resolution. For this Shiur Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick, the Convenor of the Reform Beit Din, is here at EHRS to explain how our Beit Din works and to answer your questions. She will be hosted by Rabbi Mark and Rabbi Tabick will also give the sermon in our Shabbat service.
Tuesday 15 October
Climate Change is a Jewish issue - EHRS’s Environment Night during Sukkot, 19:00-21:30
Join Rabbi Mark, activists for efforts to preserve the environment and prevent climate change from within our EHRS community and the leadership of Eco Synagogue, for an evening of workshops on what we could do this year in our home, work and shul lives to be better environmental citizens. A time to share ideas and to learn from others. Includes a light vegan supper.
Please book below to let us know you are coming.
Mondays, 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November, and 2 December, 19:30 - 21:30
An enjoyable and friendly art class. All materials supplied, all abilities welcome. Run by Claire Bright.
Donations for costs of art supplies £5 per person per week (£30 total)
Concession (over 60’s and students) £3 per person per week (£18 total)
Please book your place below
Mondays 28 October & 25 November, 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 5 & 12 November & 3 December, 20:00 - 21:30
Mussar is a 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual and ethical practice that teaches how to find those things inside that cause us to get stuck in the same place again and again. It was developed by Jewish sages in Spain and Lithuania and is being revived worldwide today. Over these three evenings Rabbi Mark will introduce you to the fascinating history and principles of Mussar and help you to know how Mussar can make a difference in your life.
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Tuesdays 3 & 10 September, 15 October - 17 December, 11:00
An opportunity to brush up on the mameloshen that your Booba used when she got angry with your Zaider.
Tuesdays 3 September - 8 October, 29 October - 17 December, 10:00
A fun, conversational class that is suitable for people who can read script and have a basic spoken Hebrew knowledge.
Shabbats 21 September, 19 October, 16 November, 21 December, 9:15
21 September - Ki Tavo – Heart warming blessings and blood curdling curses. Join Rabbi Mark to see how the Torah promises us a wonderful life ahead but also terrible consequences if we choose to turn away from its message. Why are such curses included in this portion and what do they mean?
19 October - This Shabbat is Chol HaMoed Sukkot and it is traditional to read the book of Kohelet/ Ecclesiastes. Time will not permit an in-depth study, but we will briefly look at the background of Kohelet, its connection to Sukkot and some of the wisdom it can offer us today. With Rabbi Neil Kraft.
16 November - With Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
21 December - Double Crossed at the Crossroads. In the middle of the familiar story of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat is the much less well known story of Judah and Tamar, the second chapter of Parashat Vayeshev. What is it doing there and what does it teach us about, of all things, the origin of King David? With Rabbi Mark.
Shabbats 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December, 9:15