Theatre-related events, 5th-25th June

Community member Lisa Peschel invites you to participate in several theatre-related events:

Get paid to watch a play!  5th, 6th and 7th June, 7pm

York University Theatre Dept is studying how audiences respond to theatre.  They are looking for spectators who are willing to complete questionnaires before and after a performance and be filmed during a performance. The study will take 90 minutes and you will be paid £20 for your participation.  Performances will take place at 7 pm in the Holbeck Cinema in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV) at the University of York.  You may choose to attend on Monday 5th June, Tuesday 6th June or Wednesday 7th June. For more information (including how to get to TFTV) or to sign up, email
Richard Oakes ( with your name, email and preferred
performance date.

‘A Comedy of Us Jews’, 12th and 13th June, 7 and 8.15pm
‘Children, Conflict and the Art(s) of Hope’, 24th and 25th June, 2.30pm

‘A Comedy of Us Jews’, written by a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community in 1940, is a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with his Parisian mannequin. ‘Childen, Conflict and the Art(s) of Hope’ created and performed by pupils at Bootham school, is based on the life of Anne Frank and the art of children from the Theresienstadt Ghetto. Both performances are part of the York Festival of Ideas. In  For details, see the festival’s ‘Performances and Films’ page:

Liberal Judaism Day of Celebration, Sunday 11th June

For the large number of our members who came to LJ Biennial last June, this is what the Movement offers in the alternating years, attracting over 200 Liberal Jews from every part of the country.
A mini-biennial, this year’s topic is “Is Liberal Judaism Political Judaism?”  Speakers include a number of current and former Parliamentarians, including Labour Peer, Lord Dubs, a former child refugee from Czechoslovakia and sponsor of last year’s amendment which forced the Government to commit to taking 3,000 child refugees – only to renege on that promise in February this year.  There will also be arts and craft, panel debates and Torah study, with a separate kids’ programme run by LJY-Netzer.
To book your ticket now, click here.  For information about applying for YLJC bursaries of up to £200 to attend  click here.
To read Ben Rich’s article about why he is a political Liberal Jew click this link: Davar nlps.

Music Day and Service, 9th and 10th June

Why not make a weekend of it with a special Friday night service and music day to precede the Day of Celebration?
Friday 9th June – Special Friday Night Service
We will be running a service together at one of our wonderfully welcoming London based LJ communities. Details are still in the process of being confirmed, so keep an eye on our social media and weekly ebulletin for more information!
Saturday 10th June – Day of Liberal Jewish Music 2017
A day to explore and share our Liberal Jewish Music, open to all LJ community members whether you are a singer, music leader, instrumentalist, or just interested to learn some songs.
Including a variety of workshops, including:
– traditional LJ choral music
– composition workshop
– showcase of LJY-Netzers songs and chants
– accompanying shul music with keyboard and other instruments
and much more.
Its going to be a great chance to work with a wide range of our own homegrown LJ Music Leaders, and bring new ideas to the table to celebrate our Liberal Jewish Music tradition.
We will prepare music to be presented at the Day of Celebration on Sunday 11 June – including the winning entries of the LJ Music Composition Competition.
If you are travelling from outside London, accommodation can be arranged with NPLS members. To request accomodation please get in touch through
Cost includes buffet lunch and refreshments through the day.

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 with Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten and Gabriel Webber, Fortnightly of Thursdays during term time, 7-9pm

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

Time and Venue: 7pm, Fortnightly on Thursdays as advertised, Derwent College, University of York, Room A/005 (unless otherwise stated)

Hebrew lessons

We offer monthly Hebrew lessons for adults and children before each service. They start at 945am and are led by our wonderful Israeli-born Hebrew teacher, Orly Askew.

They are normally held in the Fox Room at the Friends Meeting House.

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.

Third Party Events

Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Tuesday June 13th, 7.30pm

Organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Quakers, this meeting is for churches in the Yorkshire region.  It is likely to be hostile to Israel but respectful and so anyone who wishes to engage in a serious debate my be interested.

The organiser, David Worth says:  “This conflict has been extremely prolonged, with enormous suffering and no prospect of a just resolution. 2017 is the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, nearly the 70th year since the declaration of the state of Israel and the 50th year of the Occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

“Many people are uncertain about the origins of the conflict and the impact on those concerned. With the support of Kirkbymoorside Quakers, I have arranged a meeting to provide information for discussion about the background and the current situation.

“There will be a film describing British involvement from 1917-47, and a talk from an Ecumenical Accompanier who has recently returned from three months duty in East Jerusalem”

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 (

Pinchas the Zealot: Violence in rabbinic sources and the modern world – Dr Laliv Clenman



The mystical retelling of the Bible -Dr Alinda Damsma

4 weeks, Wednesday evenings

2 May to 23 May 7.30–9.00pm

Is Antisemitism a real threat in contemporary Europe? – Dr Joanna Michlic

4 weeks, Tuesday evenings

For full descriptions, GMT times and prices of each course please go to: Spring 2017

If you require more information, but please go to

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.

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