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.
First Shabbat Shiur (on the first Shabbat of the month)
Saturday 6 July, 09:15 - 10:15
A Torah of Wellbeing for University Students
How can Jewish connection help our Jewish university students to deal with their challenges & opportunities on campus today? A session for prospective students, today’s students, parents, grandparents and all of us, led by Rabbi Daniel Lichman, our Movement for Reform Judaism Rabbi for progressive Jewish Students. With Rabbi Neil Kraft & Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman.
Saturday 3 August, 09:15 - 10:15
Tisha b’Av: Day of Tragedy and Hope
Join Rabbi Kraft to learn about how Tisha b’Av. This is an opportunity to learn about Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar marking the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem and at the same time, a day of optimism for the future, looking at how Judaism says this day is the birth of the Messiah - the symbol of new hope.
Sunday 30 June, 11:00
June 2019 would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, had she lived.
The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. Some of the children of EHRS Orot have studied the story of Anne Frank as part of their Holocaust studies, and will perform the ‘Play of the Diary of Anne Frank’. Our guest speaker, Holocaust survivor George Vulkan, will give a talk and be interviewed by Laurence Stein prior to the play.
Please join us as we commemorate the 90th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth.
Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 July, 19:30 - 21:00
The Bible is the basis of Judaism. But to truly understand Judaism, it is not enough to only read the Bible. Judaism is not only what the Bible says or seems to say. Judaism is what the Rabbis interpret the Bible as saying.
The process of interpreting the Bible is known as Midrash. The word coming from a Hebrew root meaning to study, to investigate, or to search.
In these sessions we will study the two different types of Midrashim; legal and non-legal. Legal/Halachic Midrashim served to derive a law from a Biblical text. Non-Legal/Aggadic Midrashim sought to uplift, inspire, and motivate people to the kind of religious behaviour that Halacha requires.
These sessions will help to us appreciate the mindset of the rabbis and better understand one of Judaism’s richest literary and spiritual resources.
With Rabbi Neil Kraft
Saturday 17 August, 13:00
Each Passover we tell the story of what it was like to be slaves in a foreign land, and remind ourselves to celebrate the gift of freedom. The 23rd of August marks the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
Join Rabbi Emily for this bring & share afternoon where we examine how the Jews of America viewed slavery in light of our past.
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share and book below to let us know you will be joining us.
Mondays 29 April, 3 June, 1 July & 12 August 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 how much do we actually remember about women like Sarah? By delving into Torah and Rabbinic literature we’ll explore the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of these women and what they can teach us. With Eleanor Davis
Shabbats 25 May and 1 June, 9:30
Ideal if you know the Hebrew alphabet but aren’t confident reading whole sentences or paragraphs in Hebrew: before the morning service begins, we’ll tackle one or two prayers at a slower pace, and look at their content and the meaning of Hebrew vocabulary we meet along the way.
Tuesdays 30 April until 10 September, 11:00
An opportunity to brush up on the mameloshen that your Booba used when she got angry with your Zaider.
Tuesdays 30 April until 30 July, 10:00
A fun, conversational class that is suitable for people who can read script and have a basic spoken Hebrew knowledge.
Shabbats 18 May, 15 June, & 20 July 9:15
Shabbats 11 May & 8 June 9:15