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Adult Learning in 2020

The Learning Circle - Most of our learning has moved online.

This page will be updated with details as soon as they are available.

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.

Gimmel’s got Going

This is an informal group for adult members who can decode the Hebrew alphabet and wish to improve their fluency in Siddur Hebrew by studying the theology and origins of various parts of the Shabbat Shacharit Service.

Each session is more or less independent. We meet from 9.15 – 10.15am before
the service on the third Saturday in each calendar month. All welcome: one off or regularly.

Each week will start with reading at least one passage from the Siddur. The group will then focus on a part of the service, looking at some of the ideas behind the prayer(s) and the origins, Biblical or otherwise, of the verses and phrases used.



18th January

The various forms of the Kaddish

15th February

Concluding songs: Adon Olam (and Ein Keiloheynu)

21st March

Verses of Song: Yishtabbach (and more) Is it wrong to start with Adon Olam?

18th April




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.



Join Cantor Sarah to  warm up your voice and learn new melodies, all welcome

9.15am on 25 January, 22 February, 28 March, 25 April 


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. 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  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.

  • 15 January - George Gershwin - An American composer and pianist who wrote inspired Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess.  He also composed the smash hit Swanee, as well as hundreds of songs with his brother Ira, including I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You and ‘s Wonderful.  A musical extravaganza with Alan Byers.
  • 29 January - Abba EbanA South African-born, British scholar and influential Zionist who became an Israeli diplomat, politician and one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. 
  • 4 March - Simone VeilA survivor of the Shoah, who was responsible for establishing the law legalising abortion in France and was the first President of the elected European Parliament.  Joint session with Rabbi Celia Surget.
  • 11 March - Hillel - A first century rabbi, who became the greatest sage of the second Temple era and one of the biggest influences on Jesus.
  • 25 March - Claude Montefiore - A founder of Liberal Judaism, scholar of Christianity and opponent of Zionism.  Why are there both Liberal and Reform Jewish movements in the UK? 


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.

Wed, 1 April 2020 7 Nisan 5780