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 - 16 February, 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 Breakfasts
Thursday 6 February, 08:30 - 10:00 at Howard Kennedy LLP, London Bridge (nearest Tube is London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines)
At our ﬁrst EHRS Business Breakfast we are guests of EHRS members Paul Herman of Bluebox Corporate Finance and Keith Lassman of Howard Kennedy LLP. 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. Upon booking, the full address will then be sent to you.
Wednesday 4 March, 08:30 - 10:00 in the new Lounge at EHRS
Our second EHRS Business Breakfast, in the same format, will be hosted by EHRS member Daniel Mitchell and Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.
Please book below for either of these breakfasts
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
In the spirit of the popular EHRS Day of Learning in December, our Seder Megadrive is a morning for adults and 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 when it’s your first time’, ‘How to make your Seder a special memory for children’, ‘Pesach cookery’, the songs of the Seder and much more. Look out for the full programme coming soon.
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 10 places remaining.
Please book your place below or with Guy Ronen in the EHRS Education Office on 020 8238 1012 no later than 18 March.
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.
Saturday 4 January
Central to this mornings portion of Vayigash is the Jewish journey, in this case, moving from one country to another. This shiur will give us the opportunity to think of our metaphorical Jewish journeys, with some special guests to share their personal stories. Led by Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
Saturday 1 February
This Shabbat morning marks Mental Health Shabbat. Is our concern over mental health and wellbeing a modern invention? How was mental health discussed and approached in ancient times? In this shiur we turn to our classical rabbinic texts to find out. Led by Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
Saturday 8 February
Tzedek: Jews against Poverty. Tzedek is the UK Jewish community’s response to extreme poverty. Deetza Elf is Tzedek’s Programme Officer, working on the ground in Ghana and Rwanda. On this Shabbat Deetza will speak with us about how Jews can be involved in long lasting development in Africa and India, putting into action our responsibility to care for the poor and the stranger. Hosted by Rabbi Mark. Deetza will also give the sermon in our Shabbat morning service.
Saturday 7 March
Emma Rozenberg is a qualified lawyer specialising in family law who is currently doing research into the impact of being a 'mamzer' i.e. a person who is the product of an unauthorised relationship (unauthorised by the United Synagogue). Emma is researching this sensitive topic, as a contemporary issue in the British Jewish community, within her PhD at King’s College, London. She is interested in interviewing people who have been personally affected by mamzerut, as well as rabbis, lawyers, and other professionals from across the community. Her aim is to better understand how mamzerut is impacting on the lives of individuals and their families, the direct and indirect effects of mamzerut, and how rabbinic and other authorities in the UK are dealing with the issue.
Saturday 4 April
With 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