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Adult Learning

The Learning Circle

At Radlett Reform we are pleased to offer a range of Adult Learning opportunities that make studying enjoyable and useful.  We offer day and evening classes at a variety of levels, so that you should be able to find something that suits your level of expertise.  Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced studier, you will be made to feel very welcome by the friendliness of our tutors. We are happy to take suggestions for our programme, so do please get in touch via the synagogue office.

Free for Radlett Reform Synagogue members except where stated.  £40.00 per course per term for non-members.

Term Dates: 8th January to 30th April 2019.  Please check individual class details for any changes to the above information.

Some classes require advance booking, please book online  or contact the synagogue office by calling 01923 856110 or by email:


Shabbat Torah Discussion Breakfast

Come and join our informal study group with a drink and a croissant. We discuss the Torah portion (or haftorah) for that morning before the service. On the first Saturday of the month at 9.15am.


Texts and Topics from the Tanakh

Jack Alvarez continues his series of one-off discussions. Translations of the Hebrew texts will be provided, either from the JPS Tanakh, a standard commentary or by the course leader. Discussions will be in English with only the very occasional reference to anything in Hebrew (eg if the tense of a verb is particularly relevant). 9.15am - 10.15am.

  • 26 January - 1 Samuel 11: David and Bathsheba
  • 23 February - Ruth, Chapter 1
  • 23 March - Gods, gods and Covenant: Deuteronomy 4.
  • 27 April - Psalm 126 and how it fits into Grace after meals. 


Siddur Hebrew

Tuesday evenings:  Siddur Hebrew 1  (complete beginners) and Siddur Hebrew 2 (for those who can already read a little). These courses are free to members (£40/non-member/term). Timing to suit the group, details from the synagogue office.



Aleph isn't Tough

For adults who wish to be able to de-code Hebrew (having forgotten the Hebrew they learnt when younger). Starting with the alphabet, and using a textbook for some sessions, the aim will be for the group to read, albeit slowly, prayers from the siddur.

January 19 * February 16 * March 16 * April 13


Tuesday evenings with Rabbi Paul Freedman 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Learn some more kosher chords and heimische harmonies. For anyone with a guitar who knows a few chords.


Understanding Judaism

A relaxed class covering festivals, lifecycle events, home observances and history.  Ideal for anyone wanting to learn or update their understanding of day to day Judaism or looking to convert.   This course runs on a Tuesday evening from 9.00 – 10.00 pm. Please discuss cost with Rabbi Paul Freedman.


Jews with Views

An informal weekly discussion, over a cup of coffee, with Rabbi Paul Freedman covering topical news from a Jewish point of view.

Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 11.00am.


 Audacious Jewish Lives - Music, Power, Religion, Politics and Psychology

This popular course, led by Jonathan Bergwerk, runs on Wednesday evenings at 19:45 – 21:30 and will look at the lives of influential Jews focussing on modern characters. We will look at what they did, what they believed in and their contribution to Judaism. The sessions are standalone and you do not need any prior knowledge. You will get comprehensive notes plus a lively debate and even a break for coffee. These courses are free to members (£5/non-member/class)

  • 9 January - Sigmund Freud
  • 16 January Jacob
  • 30 January - Franz Kafka
  • 13 March - Theodore Herzl
  • 27 March - Marc Chagall
  • 10 April - Isaiah Berlin

Please book your session/s here.


Learn to Leyn

Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm.  For anyone who would like to learn the musical cantillation notes and how to chant from Torah or join in with the siddur prayers.  A brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to help their son/daughter with their bar/bat mitzvah preparation or simply learn for yourself.  Very relaxed – All welcome.  Please book in advance through the office.


Novel Talmud

Thursday mornings 11.15am – 12.45pm.  Meeting each week, we will be studying texts from the novel by Maggie Anton, ‘Rashi’s Daughters Book 3 : Rachel’.  Suitable for all.  Led by Rabbi Paul.


Mon, 21 January 2019 15 Sh'vat 5779