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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.

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


Shabbat Morning personal contemplation and Torah review

Resources are available for individuals to prepare for the shabbat morning service at any time from 9.30am by reviewing numerous sources which explore the week's parashah from a range of both traditional and contemporary viewpoints.  The resources are available in the upstairs hall outside the library and those partaking are invited to find a quiet place for contemplation or discuss with fellow congregants.


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.

  • 27 April - Psalm 126 and how it fits into Grace after meals. 


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.

At 9.30am on  April 13

From May we meet at the slightly earlier time of 9.15am: May 4 * June 1 * August 3. (No meeting in July).



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).

  • 18 May Reading Psalm 15.

An entrance quiz before entering the Temple or “British values” thousands of years before politicians invented that phrase? What is the reward of morality?

  • 15 June Reading Psalm 62.

A lament or a psalm of trust? In what circumstances was psalmist when composing this work? Are consumerism and oppression relevant?

  • 27 July Reading Psalm 20.

Is this a prayer before a battle? Which one? What were and are its liturgical uses?

  • 24 August Reading Psalm 48 (Session tbc).

When was Zion delivered and from what? Is this one psalm or two and when was it (or they) written?


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.


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)

  • 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 are going to be 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.


Sat, 25 May 2019 20 Iyar 5779