Holocaust Memorial Day Talk & Tu B’Shvat Evening Wednesday 27th Jan 7-8:30pm
Join us on Zoom Meeting ID 88635624963.
The Last Ghetto is the first in-depth analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust. Challenging conventional claims of Holocaust exceptionalism, Hájková insists instead that we ought to view the Holocaust with the same analytical tools as other historical events. The Last Ghetto is a transnational, cultural, social, gender, and organisational history of Terezín, revealing how human society works in extremis and highlighting the key issues of responsibility, agency and its boundaries, and belonging.
Dr Anna Hájková is Associate Professor of Modern European Continental History at the University of Warwick. Her book The Last Ghetto, An Everyday History of Theresienstadt can be bought from the Oxford University Press online shop here.
Weekly Jewish Adult Education
Wednesdays 7.30-9pm (w/ a tea break in the middle) Most Wednesday evenings, with term time breaks sessions will be discussion-based, with sources/material provided by the teacher. Course is free for Kehillah members
This is a full adult Jewish education course for community members at all levels of experience, aiming to cover all topics over the course of the year: Jewish history, time, texts, life cycle, thought and practice. Community members can dip in and out as the topics interest them — or stay for the whole course. Those community members pursuing conversion or confirmation of Jewish status with Kehillah are asked to attend the whole course (unless they can arrange with Rabbi Leah to pursue similar learning in another way). Everyone is welcome.
Rabbi Leah will be teaching the majority of the sessions, and we will also have the opportunity to hear other perspectives and connect to the broader London and British Jewish world (and perhaps internationally— one benefit of Zoom!), hopefully on topical and current issues as well.
Throughout the years, in our adult education classes (‘Come Learn With Us’), we explore Torah and other aspects of Jewish life.
Previous classes included a three week course titled “Abominable Texts? – Homosexuality in Rabbinic Writings” in April, where we took a fresh look at key texts in the Talmud and later Rabbinic writings about male and female homosexuality and same-sex marriage. We also had a 3-session Shabbat Song Sharing in December. This musical-educational-liturgical series covered the melodies we know and love to sing on Shabbat, as well as some lesser-known or new-to-us favourites. Sessions on “Trans-formations: The multiple genders of the Talmud”, about the space our texts create for trans, non-binary and queer people today, took place in March.
Friend of Kehillah Matan Rosenstrauch is starting an ALEF Hebrew course for those Kehillah members and friends wishing to learn beginner modern Hebrew. The course starts next Monday (12th October) evening (6:30-8pm) on Zoom and will continue each Monday for 10 weeks.
No previous knowledge of Hebrew is needed and the cost for the sessions is £10 per hour for the 15 hours (£150 total) which can be paid in two £75 payments to Matan directly. All further information about the course is on the Hebrew with Matan PDF available here. You can email Matan directly with interest or any questions, or you can WhatsApp him via details in the PDF.
If you are planning to attend, please do also copy in firstname.lastname@example.org when you notify Matan.
We look forward to having a lovely Kehillah Modern Hebrew group who can help each other learn!