During the Autumn Term at EHRS there’s 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! Find more information below, or click here to download the full brochure
Cocktails, Canapés & Conversation
Tuesday 10 October — 7-9pm
Can religion save the world? Join us for an evening of discussion on how religion translates to action in our shared community, whilst enjoying refreshments of cocktails and canapés.
With special guests: The Mayor of Barnet and the trustees of Homeless Action in Barnet
Hebrew for Absolute Beginners (adults)
with Eleanor Davis
Sunday 15, 22 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November, 3, 10 December — 10.15am
Starting from absolute basics, in a small, friendly class we'll introduce the Hebrew alphabet and learn to sound out words then put them together into phrases so that you can start to read from the prayerbook.
Rosh Hodesh: Marvellous Matriarchs, with Eleanor Davis
Monday 16 October, 13 November and 11 December — 8pm
We think we know our ancestral mothers, but how much do we actually remember about women like Sarah and Eve? By delving into Torah and Rabbinic literature we’ll explore the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of these women and what they can teach us.
In honour of the traditional women’s holiday, a monthly study group for women and men interested in marking the New Moon by broadening their appreciation of women in Tanakh.
Tuesdays 17 October to 12 December — 10am
A fun, conversational class that is suitable for people who can read script and have a basic spoken Hebrew
An opportunity to brush up on the mameloshen that your Booba used when she got angry with your Zaider.
Tuesdays 17 October to 12 December — 11am
How Judaism Responds to Contemporary Dilemmas, with Rabbi Steven Katz
Tuesday 7, 28 November, 5 December — 8pm
7 November - Tsedaka – How much of my income should I give? To whom shall I give? Jews or non-Jews? The synagogue or the starving? Israel or Anglo Jewry? One favourite good cause or a number of good causes? One large donation or regular smaller amounts? Have Reform Jews lost the will to fundraise for a good cause?
28 November - Is God Fair? Is Life Fair? Theodicy? Historian Arthur Morse, wrote a book ‘While Six Million Died’, detailing the indifference, the inactivity of the Allies to slow, stop the Holocaust. The traditional Jewish explanation is that Humanity is to blame for Humanity’s suffering? Is this theology also Reform theology or is it repellent? What about natural tragedies – flood, earthquake, tsunamis or should Humanity accept full responsibility and exonerate God?
5 December - Prisoner Exchange; Exchange the Guilty for the Innocent, the Living for the Dead. The dilemma of whether to exchange committed terrorist for the captured living or dead hostages is the one that has divided opinion both in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. Is it a political or existentialist dilemma? Does the Diaspora Jew have the right to voice an opinion?
‘Human Dignity’ in Jewish tradition, with Rabbi Daniel Smith
Tuesday 14 November — 8pm
“Human Dignity” is a value that has helped Judaism change laws in response to human need. The rabbinic concept of “K’vod Ha’briyot,” is usually translated as “Human Dignity.” It is based on the Bible teaching that all human beings are made in God’s image.
The Talmud used “Human Dignity” to permit Jews to break Shabbat laws for the sake of personal hygiene. Recently Orthodox rabbis used this concept in different areas such as ruling against euthanasia, and permitting Jews to wear hearing aids on Shabbat. One Orthodox rabbi tried to use it to allow women more equal rights within Orthodoxy. Conservative rabbis used this notion to allow respect for homosexual relations. We examine how this concept helps Judaism respond to reality in a caring way.
Mindfulness, with Heather Marlow
Tuesday 21 November — 8pm
We are told in Deuteronomy 30:19 to “Choose Life” - yet how many of us spend our lives living in the past or thinking about the future?
Come and experience living in the NOW and take home some ideas of how to live in the Gift of the Present.
Torah Breakfast for B’nei Mitzvah families
Shabbat 11 November, 9 December — 9.15am
Bite of Torah for everyone interested in Torah and bagels!
Shabbat 21 October, 18 November, 16 December — 9.15am