Children’s Chanukah Party

Sunday 17th December from 2:30 to 5:00 at the home of our members Shannon, Josh and Jonah Kirshner. There will be piping hot latkes, a craft making station for the little ones, and of course, the ultimate dreidel competition.   Please bring you Chanukkah menorahs as well.
RSVP to Shannon or text 07719-220-631.

Educational Opportunities

The courses below are offered by the Leo Baeck College in Finchley, which trains all the progressive rabbis in the UK:

Rabbi Larry Tabick: ZOHAR: Mystical Midrash? Early Novel?4 weeks, Mondays, 7.30-9pm, 6 to 27 November 2017

The Zohar is the central work of the Kabbalah, the Jewish esoteric and mystical tradition. It looks backwards towards to the ancient midrashim and forwards towards the modern novel, and features a deep spirituality at its centre. We will explore Zoharic texts that exemplify each of these tendencies. Texts will be read in translation, but keep your bible handy.

Rabbi Dr Rene Pfertzel: Judaism and the Sex Question – 4 weeks, Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm, 15 November to 6 December 2017

From sex in the Bible to sex in the Talmud, from questions about kosher sex to identity and gender, this course will explore what Judaism has to say about sex. We will use texts, case studies, and our discussion will be frank and open.

For the full description and prices of each course please go to:  LBC Lehrhaus 2017

If you have any further questions, please contact Jarek:, 020 8349 5600.

Regeneration of Clifford’s Tower Area – Consultation

As part of the My Castle Gateway project, City of York Council and My Future York are working with anyone interested in shaping the future of Castle Gateway, an area which includes Fossgate, Walmgate, Piccadilly, Foss Basin and Castle area and Eye of York.

As many members of the community have a particular interest in this area, especially of course, Clifford’s Tower, we are looking to engage as a community, as well as encouraging individuals to give their views.

For more details on the Castle Gateway project see:

For more details of the approach see:

Limmud Conference

Sunday 24th – Thursday 28th December


Limmud Festival is the Jewish community’s Edinburgh fringe, a festival of learning, prayer, fun and friendship. You create your own journey through the event by selecting from a huge array of options – from history and politics, to religion and philosophy, to arts, culture and food; or even just schmoozing at the cafe or bar! Whether you want to meet new people with similar interests or connect with long-time friends, there is always a conversation to be part of and something to discover.

For more information see

Liberal Judaism’s inaugural fundraising concert

23rd November 2017


Presents: Thomas Carroll – Cello

Abigail Dolan – Flute

David Dolan – Piano

Three renowned musicians take risks and deviate from expectations, whilst sharing their thoughts about their process, in a a prodigious performance that includes works by Bach, Debussy, Schumann and trios by Haydn and Weber

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, NW8 18:15 – Reception 19:45 – Concert

Tickets: £45 Reception & Concert, £25 Concert only

LJ Inaugural Fundraising Concert

or call 020 7580 1663//email

Ebor Lecture series at the York St John’s University

The Ebor Lectures is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York MinsterYork St John UniversityThe Order of CarmelitesThe York and Hull District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.

Details of the lectures and how to book tickets can be found on the Ebor Lectures website (

 Jewish Heritage Walks around Yorkshire

Nigel Grizzard, a good friend of our community and a Jewish historian, is leading a series of walks to explore the Jewish heritage of a number of Northern Cities including Bradford, Harrogate and Ilkley.   Strongly recommended!  For more information see Jewish Heritage walks.

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 withGabriel Webber, Third Thursdays of each month during term time, 7-9pm

Judaism 101 is our flagship adult education programme, held monthly during term time.   Click here for more details.

Time and Venue: 7pm, Monthly on third Thursdays as advertised, Garden Room, Friargate Meeting House (unless otherwise stated)

Torah study and Havdalah, Saturdays ad hoc

An  self-led group from the community and JSoc gather for informal Torah study, discussion and Havdalah irregularly on Saturday afternoons at the JSoc flat approaching sunset.   Email Adrian to email for details of next meeting.

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