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We teach a number of different adult education classes every week. Please browse our calendar to book your place for a single class or scroll down to book a full course.

You can also find out more about our past courses.

Decisions of Fate


Your Jewish compass for navigating questions of Medical Ethics

4 Wednesdays - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

22 May 2024 - 12 June 2024

Course Details 



What is Judaism’s overall attitude toward healing? How far may we go in our attempt to heal or seek a cure? What degree of risk is acceptable in such pursuits?


This lesson clarifies that our quests for cures are fully compatible with faith in G-d, and that Judaism mandates health precautions and care as a religious obligation.

The lesson then addresses the question of taking immediate risks to life in the pursuit of long-term healing. In principle, Jewish law endorses taking risks where there is the chance of long-term healing, but there are a range of views regarding the precise parameters of what level of risk is tolerable, and what circumstances are considered dire enough to justify such measures.


Is assisted suicide a legitimate course of action for an individual who endures tremendous suffering? What form of medical care should be provided to terminally ill patients?

This lesson establishes the fundamental Jewish belief that human life is sacred, and that each moment of life pulsates with spiritual purpose and potential beyond its scientific measure. Jewish law prohibits assisted suicide and any act that directly invites death. At the same time, the Jewish approach also seeks to ameliorate pain and suffering, and points to instances in which we have no halachic obligation to administer certain treatments to terminally ill patients.

This lesson provides practical spiritual tools for those facing end-of-life hardships, and guidance on supplying advance medical directives to ensure a patient receives treatment that accords with their moral and religious beliefs.


Does Judaism consider a fetus a living being? Under what conditions might Jewish law sanction an abortion?

This lesson discusses the Jewish belief that a fetus possesses a soul, and analyzes the disagreement between authorities of Jewish law as to whether the soul’s presence imbues a fetus with a status similar to an already-born human. There is consensus among all authorities that an abortion is considered a grave measure, and under typical circumstances it is a strictly prohibited act. On the other hand, when a mother’s life is endangered by her fetus, abortion can even become an absolute halachic obligation. The lesson discusses halachic views that permit abortion in additional extreme circumstances.


Judaism famously lends significant sanctity to human life, but what does it say about a human corpse? Does the sanctity persist after death? Is it permissible to donate a body to science?

This lesson explores the Jewish principle that the human body is sacred
in life and also in death. Judaism teaches that both body and soul are considered delivered to a person as Divine deposits, and that when G-d reclaims an individual’s breath of life, we are expected to return their body to the soil (from which humans were originally formed) as complete as possible, and without undue delay. Jewish law mandates that a human cadaver be treated with utmost dignity and respect after death, and—subject to certain limited exceptions—generally prohibits autopsies. Donating a body to science denies the body burial, and is similarly proscribed.

RETHINK your approach to finding your soulmate

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Jewish wisdom on dating for meaningful relationships by Hadasa Korer

Course Details 



Why Marry?
Re-evaluating your final destination: The Case for Marriage

With dating being part of our social life, it's worth stopping for a moment and asking this critical question: What is the purpose of this? What's the end goal?


How to go on a date with destiny?
Discover the foundational element developing a meaningful relationship.
Understanding what really matters and what's just window dressing, will equip you to success.


Don’t Fall in Love with Love

Understanding The Difference Between Real Love And Its Counterfeit version.
Are you in love? Do you want to be in love? Are you aiming for a starry-eyed and dancing-under-a-moonlit-sky experience? Discover what true love is all about-and how to tell it apart from everything else.


I Just Can’t Decide! 

Date With Confidence And Clarity That You Made The Right Decision
It's arguably the biggest decision of your life. How can you possibly know that you got it right? Discover the fundamental attitudes and methods to bolster your confidence and put you at ease as you navigate this critical life decision.


“But Rabbi, Why Can’t I Marry Her?” 

Straight Talk About Intermarriage
It's a heartbreaking and charged discussion: why can't a Jew marry a non-Jew? What if they really, truly love each other? Who are we to dictate another person's life? An honest and insightful conversation about a critical topic in love and life itself.

Mondays: Judaism for Dummies


Weekly Monday evenings 

Time: 7:30pm - 09:00pm

Location: Zoom / in person at private location

Price: free

Judaism is known for its rational basis, as a place where questions are freely asked and ideas are freely debated. It is that spirit of questioning and discovery that you will encounter in The Jewish Course of Why.


The topics of this course span a diverse range, from fun, light, and off-the-beaten-track questions, to more complex and controversial issues. Ever wondered why there are so many Jews in Hollywood? Why Jews eat gefilte fish and cholent and wish each other mazal tov and l’chaim? Why the Bible sanctions slavery and animal sacrifices? What is the cause of antisemitism? What does Judaism say about Christianity? About the role of women in Jewish life? You will also gain insight into mysterious Jewish practices, strange biblical narratives, and enigmas of Jewish identity.


Read It In Hebrew


Next course:

Upon request.

£30 (flashcards included)

Location: Zoom / in-person at Elliott's Place

Read It In Hebrew is a cutting-edge six-week Hebrew reading crash course.


In your spare time you will be able to practice with a specially-designed app.

Past Courses

Past courses
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