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Talks and Lectures

>In addition to our Learning Circle for members, friends and guests of the LJS, we frequently run regular talks, lectures and short courses. Art, poetry and music feature in our programme, as well as Jewish History, and short courses led by published authors.

>Festivals offer opportunities to delve more deeply into their significance and practice, for example, for Purim we have an exciting study and Megillah reading event, and at Shavuot, we have a full programme of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (all night study).

>We offer High Holy Day seminars, looking at the liturgy and traditions, in readiness for this special time of year in the Jewish Calendar. For >more details on our programmes, please contact [email protected]

NEW High Holy Day Preparation at the LJS

Two talks to help us reflect and prepare for the Days of Awe

Tuesday 8 September, 8:10-9:30 pm
Faith versus good deeds: Should our repentance prioritise our bad thoughts or our bad actions?
A talk and discussion led by Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton, Scholar in Residence, and the Reverend Nathan Eddy, Deputy Director at the Council of Christians and Jews.

Tuesday 15 September, 8:10-9:30 pm
The Scapegoat in Judaism and Christianity
A talk and discussion led by Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton, Scholar in Residence and the Reverend Dr Anders Berquist, Vicar at St John's Wood Church.

The talks are free for LJS Members and Friends, and £10 per session for non-members. 

To join in on Zoom, please register with Debi at [email protected].

LJS Summer Conversations

>In July, we held a series of free online conversations.

>Our conversations were 'Identity: Psychological Perspectives' presented by LJS member Dr Stephen Blumenthal which was followed by a discussion led by LJS member Harriett Goldenberg, existential psychologist, teacher and author; 'Music and Survival' presented by musician and activist Simon Wallfisch who talked about music, antisemitism, his family and the Holocaust, as well as the future of the performing arts post-Brexit; and 'Hollywood, the Rolling Stones, Nazi Germany' presented by Sandy Lieberson, producer of 'Performance' and 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus'.

>You can view the talks by clicking on their titles, above.

Nosh 'n' Drosh

>These monthly lunchtime gatherings, after the Shabbat morning service, have proved a popular way for the congregation to come together to listen to first-class speakers on a variety of subjects. Lunch is provided, and the session is free of charge to LJS members and friends. 

>Nosh 'n' Drosh is not currently operating during lockdown, but we are looking at ways to introduce an online version soon.

Tuesday Texts

>Tuesday Texts is another place for discussion on a range of different topics. The LJS provides one of the best adult education and discussion programmes in a synagogue community, and all are welcome to participate in the classes which are run by our rabbis and senior teachers.

>Tuesdays Texts are online at the moment, and you can find out more about the programme from [email protected]

>Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash             

Fri, 11 September 2020 22 Elul 5780