ADULT EDUCATION

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We teach a number of different adult education classes every week.

Please browse our calendar to book your place.

Fridays: Judaism For Dummies

9:30-10:00

Location: Zoom

This engaging class will give you a better understanding of Jewish practice and traditions. The classes are accessible to anyone regardless of their knowledge about the Jewish faith and will answer questions about Jewish practice you were always wondering about.

This class takes place every Friday morning on Zoom. Browse our calendar to RSVP for the date you're interested in.

Saturdays: Morning Talmud Class

10:30-11:30

Location: 36 Upper Street

Every Saturday morning we begin the Shabbat morning service with a Talmud Class to gain an understanding of its intricate legal analyses and legal derivations, shedding light into the mystery of Shabbat and its source in Biblical passages.

The class is followed by prayers and lechaim.

Sundays: Read It In Hebrew

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Next course: 18 April - 16 May 2021, 10:30

£30 (textbook included)

Location: Zoom

Read It In Hebrew is a new, cutting-edge five-week Hebrew reading crash course. In your spare time you will be able to practice with a specially-designed app.

Wednesdays: JLI Course

Larger Than Life: Weaving G-d Into the Details

 

14 April - 19 May 2021

6 Wednesday evenings

19:30-21:00

Location: Zoom

Price: £50 / £30 Supporters Club members

Course Overview

 

This course explores key Jewish values that have shaped the moral compass of Western society. Focusing on areas outside the domain of the synagogue and Jewish ritual, we will explore what it means to live as a Jew in our everyday life and the Torah view of our social and ethical responsibilities.​

Each lesson will contain an applicable, resonant, change-your-daily-life personal takeaway message for everyone who attends.

Lesson Details

 

Lesson 1

Privacy

In today’s age of constant broadcasting and self-broadcasting via social media, the borders of privacy have grown befuddled. Computers track every stroke, a “forward” option beckons in each email, and high-res cameras peek from pockets with high speed connections eager to dispatch. But human dignity is sacred, and a vital element of human dignity is respect for the privacy of ourselves and others. What should we share and what should we retain? How are we to act when we require information—perhaps to protect human dignity—but recognize that obtaining it conflicts with the same? May I share information about a third party that is indispensable for my friend’s life choices?

 

Lesson 2

Shopping Ethically

In today’s society, it is natural to be concerned for the rights of a consumer, and less in vogue to worry about the interests of the vendor. In reality, however, good and evil is done by all of us. Because so much of society focuses on consumer rights, too often, customers are consumed by a sense of entitlement and fail to think about the ethics of their actions. This lesson will explore ethical issues that may arise while shopping: Is bargain hunting ethical and compatible with the Jewish value system? What if the consumer understands that the vendor is unaware of the merchandise’s true value? Is it ethical to take advantage of a vendor’s liberal return policies? Is window shopping an unfair exploitation of a vendor?

Lesson 3

Charity

All men are not created equal—monetarily, that is. For a host of reasons, some controllable, others not, some human beings are financially better off than their fellows. One of the ways we narrow the divide is through charity, which has always been a quintessential Jewish value. It is well established that Jews give to charitable causes in remarkably lopsided numbers in comparison to the general population. The uniqueness of Judaism, however, lies not only in its emphasis on the deed of charity, but also in its fascinating perspective on philanthropy. According to Jewish thought, charity is as much for the benefit of the benefactor as it is for the recipient. This lesson explores the unique Jewish philosophical angle on charity and how that plays out in real life.

Lesson 4

Honouring Parents

Our parents provide us with life as well as a model for human relations. Thus, the Torah demands that we shower our parents with honour and respect. Living in the “sandwich generation,” however, forces us to probe the parameters of our moral obligation to our parents. How are we to react to the prospect of aging parents who devour our time, savings, and energy? Do we have an obligation to take our parents into our homes or pay for their care and medications? Are we expected to sacrifice ourselves for an abusive parent? Understanding the unique Torah perspective on the why of honouring parents will provide much-needed clarity on how to go about doing so.

 

Lesson 5

Social Justice (Tikun Olam)

In recent decades, many social causes have gained widespread popularity. Among them are: a strong commitment to individual rights and employee rights, a just but compassionate criminal justice system, and a mandate to proactively aid the disadvantaged and oppressed. How is the Jewish version of tikun olam any different from secular social activism? What are our responsibilities as Jews vis-à-vis another’s welfare, safety, property, and dignity? And a question we all struggle with: considering my limited time and resources, how do I prioritize between all these (and other) important causes?

 

Lesson 6

G-d-based Morality

Our responsibilities don’t end with our responsibilities to our fellow Jews and human beings. Other Torah values include: animal welfare, and concern for the conservation of wildlife, natural resources and habitats, and the environment. Are we obliged to ensure that the items we purchase were not produced under sweatshop conditions and were not manufactured in plants that wreak havoc on the environment?