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Engaging Israel: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Hartman Institute Lecture & Study Series

Led by Rabbi Monique Mayer & Nadine Ford

The Gaza War in 2014 brought into sharp relief a diversity of opinions and reactions to the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine. Our community has sought different ways to discuss our reactions, but what we need is a deeper conversation. In order to find a way to help people understand each other and the values which inform their own narratives and opinions, Rabbi Monique has brought in the iEngage programme from the Hartman Institute.

The current series is ending; it may be offered again in the autumn. For more information, see this page.

Tefillah Taklis

Brush up on your Hebrew pronunciation in prayer reading, and then explore the meaning and relevance of a prayer using the Hebrew as a starting point. Basic ability to read words is needed, but no understanding of Hebrew is required. Each class focuses on a different prayer in our Liberal prayer book, Siddur Lev Chadash. This class is offered 1-2 times monthly.


Occasional, in-depth study sessions will be offered by either Rabbi Monique or lay members on particular areas of Jewish interest.

Additional Classes

Other classes that may be on offer at various times during the year include such topics as beginning Hebrew, explorations of various prayers in the liturgy, and Jewish ethics and spirituality.

Shabbat Mifgash

Shabbat Mifgash (which means, meeting/gathering/reunion) meets on Shabbat morning at 10am and ends before services begin. This is a sociable group with a variety of sessions suitable for all members.

Weekly Torah Discussion

Co facilitated by Elizabeth together with Rabbi. Come with your questions and your interest about the Torah portion. No prior experience or knowledge required. All welcome.

Introduction to Prayer book Hebrew

Jane leads a weekly adult class on prayer book Hebrew. Ability to read Hebrew is required.

Shir Delight – Learn to sing Shabbat morning and other prayers

While larger Synagogues have choirs and organs to accompany their Services, being a smaller congregation many of us feel that our prayers are enriched when sung without accompaniment and visitors often comment on their beauty and sincerity.

Please can I appeal to all of you who would like to join in with us more confidently to come along to one of my sessions. Link to song files here.

Intro to Mussar

Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of Jewish teachings for cultivating personal and spiritual growth in the midst of day-to-day life. Come and learn! We will be using aspects of “Everyday Holiness” by Alan Morinis.

All members are invited to join any of the above classes. As a courtesy please let us know if you plan on joining a class for preparation purposes. Non members are welcome to join classes by prior approval by contacting us.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions about the above classes.

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