Ice-cream tastes good. Meat tastes good. How do Jewish values relates to the tens of billions of factory farmed animals and sea life? We will explore Jewish teachings about people’s relationship with and treatment of animals, toward a vision of a thriving and ethical planet.Tzar Baalei Chaim Jewcology Source Sheet Checked & Templated 1.1.12.pdf Jewish Eco Infographic 3 large.pdf Jewish Eco Infographic 4 large.pdf
We are constantly reading, listening to and watching stories that replay the battle of right against wrong, good against evil. In this session we will examine one of the ancient origins of this timeless battle, fought between Moses and Pharaoh over three thousand years ago. Torah, Midrash and Egyptology will help us uncover what it was all about.
Do we really have the freedom to make major and minor life choices and decisions? What is our responsibility for our actions? We'll look at a variety of ancient-to-modern Jewish sources on this perennially perplexing subject.free will-limmudDec2018-2.docx
Long before 'alternative facts' became commonplace, the way we understood our genetics was widely twisted and misunderstood. We'll take a fun look at the facts and fiction around genes, DNA and our experimentation with them, plus how this science has interacted with our religious tradition.
Where are Jews moving to? Is there deprivation in the community? Who are the neediest groups? Are the young leaving London? What are the implications? The Industrial Dwellings Society, our oldest and largest housing association, is asking these questions as it embarks on a programme of development. Learn about research findings and contribute.
Much of what happens in Israel is ‘controversial’. But this new Basic Law is even more ‘controversial’ than usual. It’s been criticised by many in Israel and by most Jewish organisations in the Diaspora. Others, of course, have defended it. So what are we to make of it? The session will propose an analytical (rather than rhetorical) approach.
Come and see how a simple square of paper can quickly become a Torah scroll, a shofar, an Egyptian pyramid, a frog to jump over the pyramid and scare Pharaoh, a hamentash to eat on Purim or a spice box for Havdalah.kids origami 2018.pdf
Are you a worried Jewish parent with a teenage son or daughter about to apply for uni? Or are you the teenage son or daughter of said worried Jewish parent? Sassy, a longstanding Limmudnik and former University Admissions Officer of 5 years’ experience, is here to share his top tips for both parents and students on applying to university!
It’s been just over a year since much has been revealed about the industry that has given us the casting couch. Knowing what went on behind the scenes, how do we rewatch these movies? And what dark shadows has the sexist attitudes on screen cast in our culture?
When I was 23 I discovered my mother's secret. When I was 43 I discovered my father's secret. In a class last year I explored my mother's secret in Jewish law. This year I'll tell you my dad's secret and the extraordinary way that I uncovered it. What does Jewish tradition have to say about my father's secret life?
Kids and grownups are invited to join Ellen Allard for a high energy Rhythm ’n’ Ruach session that includes drumming, singing, egg shakers, tambourines, rhythm sticks, dancing, scarves and ribbons. Come and see what the excitement is all about!
An informal look at original images exploring the difficult questions raised by the relationship between the Shoah and the ‘science of God’. The work evokes the Jewish experience and considers a personal response. This presentation is made by the artist and provides the starting point for audience contribution and debate.
Too often, faiths make the news for negative reasons. In April, the first Oxford Three Faiths Encounter Week looked beyond the headlines and stereotypes found in the media about Jews, Christians and Muslims. Find out what we discovered and hear about our next event in April 2019. Students especially welcome.
Ordinary lives during the Nazi era: Ernie’s father, Anton Hundsdorfer, was not Jewish. He was a joiner and anti-Hitler Communist functionary, forced to flee already in 1933. Ernie’s mother, Fanny Höchstetter, was Jewish and a senior Civil Servant. She bravely stood against Hitler’s regime, fleeing in August 1939 with one suitcase and ten shillings.
We will unpack and have honest conversations about a loaded buzzword that has emerged in Jewish communal discourse: ashkenormativity. Through an analysis of this term, and the sociocultural process it refers to, we will look at ways in which we can better embrace cultural diversity in our own Jewish spaces and community-building endeavours.
The British Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn has lost a lot of its Jewish support both around antisemitism and also as it has changed and continues to change its view of the Middle East - Israel/Palestine. Are there any similarities with trends in the Democrat Party in the USA? What are the influencing factors? Bibi? Trump? Internal? Campus? Ethnic?
Sleep affects our relationships, mood, learning potential, physical health, and daily behaviour. It is the next most important thing after oxygen in order to survive. This session explores Torah sources for sleep hygiene and the current science of sleep. We will address strategies to improve you and your families' sleep patterns.
This session takes as its point of departure the song ‘Thank You God’ by the incomparable composer and lyricist Tim Minchin. We will then open up the question of what prayer is for, and why it is that prayer often feels like a problem. Is there any way in which prayer actually 'works'?
Former charedi Yakov Ashkenazi is now a Mavar mentor. He'll be in conversation with Howard Feldman (a Mavar mentor for the past 3 years) and Linda Turner (Mavar's director) to discuss his own journey out of ultra-orthdoxoy and how mentors are helping charedim integrate into wider society.