Part analysis, and mostly a fun offering of both classic and original, cutting-edge Jewish wit. This session will include a chance for attendees to offer their best examples of Jewish jokes (as in, "Well, I heard it told this way...").
West Bank Settlers are often portrayed as violent and resistant to peacemaking. But some settler rabbis are reaching into Jewish sources to come up with radical recipes for peacebuilding with Palestinians. They are having regular meetings with the Palestinian leadership. Who are they? What`s making the change and who opposes their activities?
The prevalence of nose jobs is way down in the Jewish community, but it's still a thing (along with numerous other cosmetic changes that money can buy). It's a topic that brings up issues of ethnicity, shame, self-loathing, class, gender—everything. A short lecture about the history of the nose job in Jewish culture, followed by a group discussion. Curious parties may wish to listen to a recent episode of Oppenheimer's podcast, Unorthodox, that deals with the subject of nose jobs (episode #117).
We will talk about the different options that the IDF gives to different people within Israeli society and what effect that has on the Israeli people and the society. Sharing personal experiences and perspectives as a Commander in the educational core we will look at the IDF and how it gives them a second chance in life; a pathway into Israeli society.
Slavery looms large in Jewish text, history and memory. Join us as we examine what form modern day slavery takes in 2017. We’ll discuss where slavery exists and look into our Jewish text for possible responses to the issue. Finally, we’ll discuss what the Jewish community can do about this issue.
The Rubens present their exhilarating and fun singalong to music composed by great Jewish rock 'n' rollers. All ages welcome to sing the night away. An event to attend with your phones turned on (for the lyrics!).
Come hear the riveting story of how a frum yeshiva boy named Moshe becomes Drag's Jewish American Princess Lady SinAGaga. A lecture about metamorphosis, perseverance, and always knowing when to pull out the stilettos. Moshiel recounts his unique life story, and will make you smile, laugh, cry, but most importantly think. Be ready to be entertained!
Livingstone, Loach and McCluskey have all said that antisemitism inside the Labour Party doesn’t exist, and that JLM and others are weaponising the issue to attack Jeremy Corbyn. Is antisemitism inside Labour endemic or not, and what can be done about it? Join David Hirsh and Jewish Labour Movement experts to discuss.
JTA is an early adopter of new technology that's changing how journalists tell stories. JTA's Europe correspondent, Cnaan Liphshiz, has since 2012 been using cutting-edge tools, including drone photography, 360 videos, Facebook Live transmission and time lapse videography to help readers connect visually with some of modern Jewry’s hidden wonders.
Let your hair down and have fun at our late night Israeli dance party - a mixture of old and new, circle, line and partner dances. A lot of fun for lots of people! We start with easy dances so everyone can be included. So save your energy and join our circle!
Submarines, cigars and Sara - are Netanyahu's troubles closing in on him? Meanwhile, is Israel having a "New Labour" moment? Perhaps a newly-minted leader who believes the settlements should stay and the Jordan Valley must remain Israel's will give Bibi a real challenge.
The central book of kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, brought a new perspective to the Bible text, and thereby created a new kind of midrash. Focusing on the binding of Isaac, we explore its roots in earlier midrash texts, and examine the new elements the Zohar brings to bear.
Congregational life is laid bare, and the true life of a rabbi is revealed: a roller-coaster of crises, emotional traumas, moral dilemmas, attempts at seduction, multiple murders, Machiavellian families, funerals that go wrong, weddings that are hijacked, and fighting a way through other people’s sexual fantasies
A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabba walk into a bar - sounds like the beginning of a joke right? Come join Laura and Yaffa as they teach their favourite Talmudic stories about Rabbis who enjoyed a good pint now and then! Open to all, whether you love the Talmud, love your drink, or just want to have some fun! All texts available in translation.
2017/8 marks hugely significant events in Israeli and Zionist history, but what is the relevance for us today? In this session, Israeli diplomat, Michael Freeman will look at these events and explain the very real relevance for Israel and the UK today and how they can point us in the direction of peace.
My untold Jewish story is a safe and private space to explore challenging conversations that deepen, diversify and complicate our Jewish identities. A few brave speakers have chosen to share their stories relating to infertility and miscarriage with the support of our session moderator Sarah. Come along to share your Jewish story, or just to listen to and reflect upon fresh perspectives.
The presentation will take a deeper look at Judaism's attitude sexuality and sensuality.