Adult Education

Weekly Jewish Adult Education – Resuming 24th February!

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID 88635624963.

Having just finished our series of sessions on Jewish history (Biblical and Medieval, the modern Jewish denomoniations, Zionism and Israel-Palestine, the Shoah/Holocaust), we will take a half-term break, resuming with a series of evenings on Jewish calendar and life cycle from Wednesday, 24th February.

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

Email Rabbi Leah for information at rabbileah@kehillah.org.uk

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.

You can find current and previous class resource documents here

Hebrew

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 info@kehillah.org.uk when you notify Matan.

The Zoom room the class is being held in is Meeting ID 86593212594

We look forward to having a lovely Kehillah Modern Hebrew group who can help each other learn!