All Things Jewish
With All Things Jewish at EHRS there’s a chance to learn Hebrew, investigate Jewish responses to contemporary issues, examine the issue of K’vod Ha’briyot (human dignity), try out mindfulness - and much more!
Please take a copy of the current ATJ Brochure available in the synagogue foyer.
Saturday 7 September
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof. Justice, justice you shall pursue declares the Torah. Following that imperative, many Jews have made studying and practicing law a foundational component of their identity. One such individual was René Cassin, a French Jewish jurist, law professor and judge. Cassin was instrumental in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. For this shiur, we welcome guests from René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, a charity devoted to protecting and promoting human rights across the globe. With Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
Saturday 5 October
On this Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Mark explores the concept of cheshbon ha nefesh, accounting for our soul in order to know where we start when we seek to make changes in the year ahead. With Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.
Saturday 2 November
Ethiopian Jews in Israel - 35 years of success and challenge. Though the first Ethiopian Jews to make Aliyah arrived in the Land of Israel in 1934, Aliyah began in earnest in 1984 with Operation Moses, bringing Jews from the then famine ravaged areas of Ethiopia to a new life in the State of Israel. How good has that life been, what is happening with the second and even third generation? Hear the, by turns, good and tough story from Tebeka, the Israeli Ethiopian organisation, which helps Ethiopian Olim navigate the State, brought to EHRS by the New Israel Fund. Hosted by our Rabbis.
Saturday 7 December
The Reform Beit Din - our way of conversion, adoption, divorce and dispute resolution. For this Shiur Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick, the Convenor of the Reform Beit Din, is here at EHRS to explain how our Beit Din works and to answer your questions. She will be hosted by Rabbi Mark and Rabbi Tabick will also give the sermon in our Shabbat service.
Mondays, 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November, and 2 December, 19:30 - 21:30
An enjoyable and friendly art class. All materials supplied, all abilities welcome. Run by Claire Bright.
Donations for costs of art supplies £5 per person per week (£30 total)
Concession (over 60’s and students) £3 per person per week (£18 total)
Please book your place below
Tuesdays 5 & 12 November & 3 December, 20:00 - 21:30
Mussar is a 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual and ethical practice that teaches how to find those things inside that cause us to get stuck in the same place again and again. It was developed by Jewish sages in Spain and Lithuania and is being revived worldwide today. Over these three evenings Rabbi Mark will introduce you to the fascinating history and principles of Mussar and help you to know how Mussar can make a difference in your life.
Please book below to confirm your attendance
EHRS Day Of Learning - Jews are the 'People of the book'- but do we all know how to open it?
Sunday 1 December, 9:30-12:30 at EHRS
Come and join our Rabbis and guests on a day of learning dedicated to the books that have shaped Judaism and the Jewish people from our earliest times right up to today. Our rabbis will help you to understand the beauty and teachings of the major classical Jewish texts from Torah to Talmud to the mystical Zohar. Our guest authors will share the Jewish meaning of their books for children and adults with a chance to take home signed copies. There will also be an opportunity to go beyond the book to see what is happening online and on your mobile to bring Jewish learning direct to you.
Workshops suitable for everyone aged 4 to 100! Creche available & refreshments. Adults £5, Concessions £3 (18-36 and over 65), under 18 Free. See below for more information and to book your place.
My Child the Scientist: EHRS day trip to the Science Museum
Wednesday 4 December
14:45 - 17:30 at the Science Museum
We all know that Albert Einstein was Jewish but when did Jews begin to become scientists and what was their contribution. Dr Robert Bud, eminent historian and Emeritus Keeper of the Science Museum will be our guide to a unique Jewish tour of the museum. We will meet at the Science Museum.
This trip led by Rabbi Mark, only 8 places remaining, at a cost of £7.50 per person with proceeds donated to the Weiner Library for the Study of the Holocaust. Please book below.
A Peek into the secret world of Shtisel
Tuesday 10 December, 20:00-22:00
Does It Take A Jew to Write A Good Christmas Song?
Tuesday 17 December, 20:00
What do 'Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer', 'Santa Baby' and 'Silver Bells' all have in common? Yes they are all Christmas songs but that's not it - they were all written by Jewish composers! Founder of The Jewish Poetry Society, Judy Karbritz looks into the stories behind some of the best loved festive hits during what promises to be an unmissable night - with mince pies!
£3 per person, please book below
Signs and Wonders: How British and other sign languages deal with Jewish concepts.
Wednesday 18 December, 20:00-21:30
BSL is an indispensable tool for hearing impaired people to be able to communicate with each other and for hearing people to be able to communicate with them. It has a rich and unique vocabulary, including for Jewish concepts. Join world authority on Jewish sign language communication,
E J Cohen, to learn the surprising story of how this came to be, and some of the inherent problems with expressing a faith in sign. E J is here from the U.S.A. as a teacher at the Limmud conference.
£5 per person. Please book below to confirm your attendance.
EHRS Goes To Limmud for a Day - Tuesday 24 December
Leaving EHRS by minibus at 8:00 and returning at 22:00
Have you thought of going to Limmud, the fantastic Anglo Jewish learning phenomenon, but not sure if you would enjoy it? Join Rabbi Mark, a Limmud fan, to attend one day of this remarkable four day event at Birmingham NEC. You will learn from any of more than 60 presenters on the day with sessions on all aspects of Jewish tradition, culture, arts, politics, community issues, Israel and more.
Bookings are now open at the special EHRS only rate of £87.00 for the day + £25 for return transport from the Synagogue. This total includes a 10% discount on the regular day rate for our members and includes all meals
Bookings close on Monday 2 December. Please book your place below, and visit Limmud at www.limmud.org/festival to find out more about what is in store for you.
Mondays 28 October & 25 November, 20:00
In honour of the New Moon, a traditional women’s holiday, this is a monthly study group for women and men. We think we know our ancestral mothers, but two almost-matriarchs are largely unfamiliar. By delving into Torah and Rabbinic literature we’ll explore the stories of the two handmaids and what they can teach us.
With Eleanor Davis
Tuesdays 3 & 10 September, 15 October - 17 December, 11:00
An opportunity to brush up on the mameloshen that your Booba used when she got angry with your Zaider.
Tuesdays 3 September - 8 October, 29 October - 17 December, 10:00
A fun, conversational class that is suitable for people who can read script and have a basic spoken Hebrew knowledge.
Shabbats 21 September, 19 October, 16 November, 21 December, 9:15
21 September - Ki Tavo – Heart warming blessings and blood curdling curses. Join Rabbi Mark to see how the Torah promises us a wonderful life ahead but also terrible consequences if we choose to turn away from its message. Why are such curses included in this portion and what do they mean?
19 October - This Shabbat is Chol HaMoed Sukkot and it is traditional to read the book of Kohelet/ Ecclesiastes. Time will not permit an in-depth study, but we will briefly look at the background of Kohelet, its connection to Sukkot and some of the wisdom it can offer us today. With Rabbi Neil Kraft.
16 November - One of the most important and controversial stories in the Torah is the Akeidah - the binding of Isaac. Abraham, the founding father of our faith, the man who dared to question God at Sodom and Gomorrah, moves to fulfil the commandment to sacrifice his own son at the behest of God without a word. Jews are taught that God tested Abraham with this trial - did he succeed or fail? How do other faiths view this story? For this Bite of Torah, Rabbi Emily invites Dr. Renee Reitsma-Jurman (PhD Philosophy) to discuss faith and action in Judaism and Christianity. With Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
21 December - Double Crossed at the Crossroads. In the middle of the familiar story of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat is the much less well known story of Judah and Tamar, the second chapter of Parashat Vayeshev. What is it doing there and what does it teach us about, of all things, the origin of King David? With Rabbi Mark.
Shabbats 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December, 9:15