Access to Judaism

Judaism in 2017  

an A-Z Access Course
 

Specially designed for members and friends of the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, Sukkat Shalom and South-West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogues

By Rabbis Lisa Barrett, Larry Becker and Richard Jacobi.

 

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in this course, which is specifically designed for those converting to Judaism and, where appropriate, their partners. The course is also suitable for anyone who wishes to learn beginners’ Hebrew and gain a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding of Judaism. The course is free to all members of our synagogues; guests are invited to give a donation to Tzedakah if they have the means.

 

As course tutors, we aim to provide you with a programme and format that provides:

·       All the essential education in Judaism needed by someone choosing to become Jewish.

·       Stimulus and learning for those already Jewish who want to enrich their Judaism (by attending the whole course, or individual sessions).

·       A complement to experiencing Jewish life at home and in synagogue community, and some special opportunities to experience aspects of living Jewishly.

·       A launch-pad for further learning, both formal and informal.

 

Teaching will be mainly by us, supplemented by others as required. For those converting to Judaism, your sponsoring rabbi will act as your personal tutor throughout the course.

 

Course Structure

The course will consist of:

1.     Background reading / research before each class, usually prompted by questions, plus additional reading or viewing to broaden your understanding of, and ‘feel’ for Judaism.

2.     Classes, usually on Wednesday evenings after the Hebrew class, starting around 8:30pm and finishing at 10:00pm.

3.     As you become more experienced, possibly leading a class, with your preparation supported by one of the tutors;

4.     For those converting to Judaism in the Liberal movement, and others who might wish to consolidate their learning, essays on two selected subjects. More details will be given to those people needing or wanting them.

5.     Opportunities to spend time with and learn from other members of the communities. Apart from attending services and other congregational activities, and ‘getting stuck in’, we will aim to give each person converting to Judaism a contact person to mentor them; other participants might also want someone to help them in their learning.

 

Hebrew

Those who are converting to Judaism will need to achieve a basic proficiency in the Hebrew of the prayer book (siddur). The Hebrew class is meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm (before the Access to Judaism class).

 

Venue

The classes will rotate roughly every half-term between East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue’s Marlborough Road site (MR – E18 1AR), SWESRS (Oaks Lane - OL, IG2 7PL) and Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue (SSRS – Victory Road, E11 1UL).

 

Rabbis Richard Jacobi (RJ), Lisa Barrett (LTB), and Larry Becker (LB)

2nd December 2016


 

Course Syllabus – as at 2nd December 2016

We will notify you of any changes to the arrangements listed.

Date

Teacher / Venue

Theme

Topic

February



 

11

RJ / MR

The Jewish Year

Calendar overview and new years

Fri 20

RJ / MR

The Jewish Year

Keeping Shabbat – A Chavurah (Friendship) Shabbat meal and service

25

RJ / MR

The Jewish Year

Shabbat and its special status

Feb 1

RJ / MR

Jewish Teachings

Believing and Doing: Judaism, Jews, and God

8

RJ / MR

Symbols of Judaism

The Jewish Home

Fri 10

Erev Tu Bishvat – Seder and services at Perryman’s Farm Road / Oaks Lane

15

LB / SSRS

Symbols of Judaism

Synagogue

22

LB / SSRS

Symbols of Judaism

Tallit, tefillin, etc.

Mar 1

LB / SSRS

Symbols of Judaism

Kashrut and Food

8

LB / SSRS

The Jewish Year

Purim (24/3) and the Babylonian Exile

Sat 11/ Sun12

Purim service and celebration at your own synagogue

15

LB / SSRS

Jewish History

The First 2000 Years (approx.)

Sun 26

Group trip to Memorial Scrolls Trust and Imperial War Museum Holocaust Exhibition (could be open to other synagogue members?)

29

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

Pesach, Slavery and Freedom

Apr 5

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

Pesach – making a seder

Mon 10

First night Pesach and Home Seder

Tue 11

Festival morning service; Second night – Communal Seder @own synagogues

12

No class – Pesach break

19

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

Shoah – its roots and its legacies

Sun 23

Erev Yom Hashoah (A joint service being held at SSRS at 8:00pm)

26

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

Israel, Galut, & Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (2/5)

May 3

RJ / MR

The Life Cycle

Pre-Birth

10

RJ / MR

The Life Cycle

Birth and early years

17

RJ / MR

The Life Cycle

Coming of Age

24

RJ / MR

The Jewish Year

Shavuot and Revelation

Tue. 30

ALL @ MR

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – special service and study sessions

Wed. 31

Shavuot morning services (No Wednesday night classes)

June 7

LTB / OL

The Life Cycle

Marriage / Divorce

14

LTB / OL

The Life Cycle

Death and Mourning

Sun 18

TBC

Joint ECAMPS communities day – social and educational day

21

LTB / OL

Prayer & Liturgy

Overview

28

LTB / OL

Prayer & Liturgy

Shema and its blessings

July 5

LB / SSRS

Prayer & Liturgy

Amidah

12

LB / SSRS

Prayer & Liturgy

Service for the Reading of the Torah

19

LB / SSRS

Prayer & Liturgy

Kaddish and other prayers

26

LB / SSRS

Jewish Teachings

Ethics, good and evil, social justice

SUMMER BREAK, including a trip to the Jewish Museum, Camden Town – date TBA

Sept 6

LTB / OL

Prayer & Liturgy

Teshuvah / Repentance

13

LTB / OL

Jewish Year

Rosh Hashanah

Sat 16

PFR / OL

Selichot service (to prepare for High Holy Days)

20 / 21

Own Syn.

Erev and Day of Rosh Hashanah (NB SWESRS and SSRS also mark 2nd Day)

27

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

High Holy Day liturgy and prayers

29 – 30

Own Syn.

Yom Kippur

4

LTB / OL

The Jewish Year

Yom Kippur

Oct 4 – 5

Own Syn.

Erev and 1st Day Sukkot

Sat 7 Oct

LB / SSRS

Shabbat service and Lunch & Learn Sukkot & Simchat Torah

11 – 12

Own Syn.

Erev and Morning of Simchat Torah

18

LTB / OL

Developing Judaism

Torah and TaNaKh

Sun 22

Guided tour of the Jewish East End (could be open to other synagogue members?)

25

No class – half term

Nov 1

RJ / MR

Jewish History

The Second 2000 Years

8

RJ / MR

Developing Judaism

Rabbinic Judaism

15

RJ / MR

Developing Judaism

Key Figures 700 – 1700 part one

22

RJ / MR

Developing Judaism

Key Figures 700 – 1700 part two

29

LB / SSRS

Developing Judaism

Jewish responses to Enlightenment

Dec 6

LB / SSRS

Developing Judaism

Progressive Judaism today

13

LB / SSRS

The Jewish Year

Chanukkah and the Hellenic Period (2nd night of Chanukkah)

20

LB / SSRS

Closing session

Jews Around The World

 


 
  Above 
 
Wedding for Alex Aviram &
Danielle Liborwich
on Thursday 20th July 2017 at
Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire 
 
 
 Below
 
Alan & Danielle Jarvie.  
They were married under a Chuppah in the synagogue on
Friday 7th July 2017
 


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Saturday morning at 10.00am 
 






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