Many features of Sephardi life have been influenced by Muslim Spain - synagogue décor, musical instruments and the hamsa. Many hagadot & ketubot featured Islamic design. Sephardi cooks and pastry chefs were inspired by the products their Muslim neighbours introduced to Spain from the Middle East. This Islamic influence lives on to this day.
‘I do not like the Jewish voice’, Virginia wrote in her diary, yet she loved Leonard Woolf, ‘my Jew’, enough to marry him despite the prejudice of her contemporaries. Known for her casual anti-Semitism, she had close Jewish friends and, after visiting Nazi Germany, wrote an indictment of 1930s fascism. So should we fear, or admire, Virginia Woolf?
There are some pictures that every Israeli must have on his Instagram account. What is the useful Hashtag in Israel? And what unique in Israelis Facebook wall? Media and social networks are the biggest stage to show our opinions and personality today - meet the posts that brought people to the streets and made history.
This year the Limmud Chavruta Project has created five accessible and thought-provoking resources to mark Israel @ 70. Come and study them with us! Everyone welcome with no experience or expertise needed. Come as a pair or we'll pair you up. Today we'll explore the resource from Yom Ha'atzmaut, which explores the theme of Independence.
Exam pressure getting to you? Relationships getting complicated? Not as confident as you’d like to be? IHEART (Innate Health and Emotional Resilience Training) is being delivered in schools and unis across the UK and this session will give you a taste of how it helps students be unstoppable, whatever ups and downs they face.
Poetry can be used to provoke both people and God to take a different course of action, as we will see in the Prophets and in the book of Lamentations.Bib. Poetry 2. Isa 40. Jer 31. Lam 2, 3.docx
In this session, participants will embroider a Hebrew letter, possibly their Initial. Materials will be provided. Some knowledge of needlework would be useful. Suitable for people aged 12 and above. Numbers will be limited to 12 people.
Leon’s deliciously all-encompassing portraits of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are part of a quest to capture in art the totality of our love for our cities. All through a Jewish Exilic lens, brimming with colour and stories. Surprisingly, Leon's search for a Jewish aesthetic led him to China and his attempts to depict Chinese cities led him to Israel.
What is the point of learning Torah when we inevitably forget so much? Through a close reading of sources from the Talmud, midrash, poetry, and fiction, we will examine the practice of studying Torah – why we do it, why we keep at it, and why even at those moment when it seems most futile, we may be engaging with Torah on the deepest level.Forgetting Torah sourcesheet.docx Forgetting Torah sourcesheet.docx
How has Jewish mysticism influenced modern progressive Judaism? We will look at the development of the idea of "tikkun" and how key 20th century thinkers, including Buber and Heschel, brought Hasidic thought to the Progressive Jewish world.
We are inhaling, swallowing and absorbing a cocktail of chemicals every day, without being aware of it. Find out how hidden environmental toxins get into your body, how they cause illness, and what you can do about it, both as prevention and treatment. You can't poison the planet without poisoning the people.
In this session we will explore why being a mother makes you a better professional and being a professional makes you a better mother. We will analyse the mothers tool kit and see its positive applications in the workplace and run through the professional's tool kit that helps us at home.
Man versus woman: a struggle as old as the Garden of Eden. This session will read the R' Nachman's "Tale of the King and the Emperor" as a discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by female empowerment. We will discuss kabbalistic notions of gender and seek deeper understanding about the possibility for harmony between the sexes.Once upon a time there was an emperor who had no children.docx
Discover the background to Israel's unique "Oasis of Peace" village ("Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam") where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexist and the village school and the School for Peace trains Arabs and Jews to advance peace and equality.
Have you ever heard of Otto Freundlich? Come to this session to discover one of the most exciting, versatile and groundbreaking artists of the early 20th Century. We will explore how Freundlich pioneered abstract art, and why his Jewish identity lead to tragedy and the obscuring of his dazzling legacy.
Is Jews and money the ultimate taboo? A major new exhibition at the Jewish Museum seeks to tackle this issue. Should we be tackling this stereotype or keeping schtum? And will this debunk negative stereotypes or fuel them? Come and have a sneak preview of the exhibition whilst there’s still a chance to influence it.
Or was he? Now I've got your attention, I'd like to talk to you about mushrooms. Jewish mushrooms. But what's Jewish about a mushroom? A lot, as it happens. This session will explore the place of fungi in Jewish traditions (and vice versa), as well as their role in tikkun olam - from medicine and nutrition to healing damaged ecosystems.
The Israel-Diaspora relationship is one of the most potent “yin-yang” dynamics in Judaism. Yet it seems to be changing at an ever-rapid pace. How enduring is this bond and what is its nature? I will offer research, interpretations, and facilitated discussion about our personal connections to Israel.
The story of Jonah is one of the most fascinating tales in the Bible, traditionally read on Yom Kippur. In this session, we draw on both psychological and anthropological theories of death, rebirth and atonement as we offer a creative and existential reading of the Book of Jonah.
In a makeshift library in Ethiopia a refugee makes an unlikely friend. Her tale stayed with him as he fled his country, crossed the desert, finally reaching Israel. He was found by a soldier along the border. His first question was "do you know Anne Frank's family?" Through his story we will examine the complicated situation of refugees in Israel.
A comparison between the "Altneuland" description and the reflections following Herzl’s actual 1898 Jerusalem visit.
In this second class, we’ll look in more depth at Jewish teachings about the “journey of the soul”, how various commentators from different times in our history have understood this, and what their ideas might mean for our own lives. We’ll also leave space for personal reflections and stories of individual experience. Come with an open mind.