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Adult Learning in 2020

The Learning Circle - Classes below have moved online.

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.


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

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

Email the synagogue office for logon details


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. Contact the synagogue office for logon details.


Topics and texts from the Tanakh

This will consist of a number of independent discussions, led by Jack Alvarez, conducted via Zoom, on Tuesday afternoons for about 50 – 60 minutes from 2.00pm. Discussions will be in English with only the occasional reference to anything in Hebrew and participants will find it handy to have the JPS Tanakh or a Chumash to which to refer.Everyone is welcome on either a regular or sporadic basis. Zoom details from the synagogue office

  • Tuesday 28 July Did Aaron get away with it?
    Tuesday 4 August  1 Sam.9: Saul & Samuel
    Tuesday 18 August Coronation of Solomon
    Tuesday 8 September Numbers 12 (Sibling Rivalry)
    Tuesday 22 September

    Akedah (Gen.22)

Audacious Jews

A series of lively lectures, with Jonathan Bergwerk on the lives and impact of Audacious Jews. These sessions usually take place on a Wednesday evening during term-time.

Jonathan is re-running some of his sessions for a wider Reform Judaism audience

  • Please contact the synagogue office if you would like to join one of these sessions on Zoom.
  • Friday 31 July 12.30-1.30 pm   Jesus of Nazareth  First century preacher, religious leader and founder of a new movement within Judaism. Was he a rabbi, revolutionary or Messiah?
    Friday 14 August 12.30-1.30pm Moses Mendelssohn 18th century German philosopher and instigator of Jewish enlightenment. The first modern Jew.
    Friday 28 August 12.30-1.30pm Isaiah Berlin The liberal philosopher and one of the finest minds of the 20th century.  How should people live a moral life in a time of uncertainty?

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. Contact the synagogue office for details of how to join.

Sun, 29 November 2020 13 Kislev 5781