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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 engaging.  We offer a variety of day and evening classes, so that you should be able to find something that appeals to you and takes you a step further on your journey of Jewish learning.  Whether you are a total beginner or an advanced student, you will be made to feel very welcome by the friendliness of our teachers, presenters and facilitators. 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.

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


Shabbat Morning Individual Torah Preparation and Study Resources

Resources are available for individuals to prepare for the shabbat morning torah reading at any time from 9.30am by reviewing a range of commentaries and explorations of the text.  The resources are available in the upstairs hall outside the library and you are invited to find a quiet place to read and study or discuss with fellow congregants.


Bet isn't Tough

This is an informal group for adult members who wish to improve their fluency in Siddur Hebrew; we meet  before the Shabbat Shacharit Service.

Each week will start with reading two prayers from the Siddur; one “new”, one for revision. The group will then focus on one or more prayers from a single part of the service, looking at some of the ideas behind the prayer(s) and the origins, Biblical or otherwise, of the phrases used. The group will decide on the theme for the next meeting at the previous gathering, thus the theme for the May meeting will have been chosen at the session in April.

All welcome: one-off or regular.

9.15am on selected Saturdays.



Reading a Psalm (in English)

Join Jack Alvarez for an informal group for adult members who wish to study the chosen Psalm.

One-off meetings occur from 9.15 – 10.15am before the Shabbat Shacharit Service. All are welcome: occasionally or regularly.

The readings and the discussion will be in English, with only the very occasional reference to anything in Hebrew (such as the tense of a verb).


All welcome: one-off or regular.

9.15am on selected Saturdays.


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).

7.45-8.45pm, term time


Tuesday evenings (term time) 8-9pm with Cantor Sarah Grabiner. 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 9-10pm.


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 Jews

A series of lively lectures, with Jonathan Bergwerk on the lives and impact of Audacious Jews. Wednesday evenings from 7.45pm - 9.30pm. Members Free, Non-Members £5/session.

  • 30 October - Groucho Marx
  • 13 November - Lillian Hellman (session jointly led by Barbara Ruben)
  • 27 November - Fathers and Sons
  • 11 December - Nahmanides
  • 18 December - Eliezer Ben Yehuda (session jointly led by Rabbi Paul)


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 are studying/ discussing Milton Steinberg's As a Driven Leaf - the gripping tale of renegade talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture.  Led by Rabbi Paul.

Thu, 21 November 2019 23 Cheshvan 5780