Event Calendar

Holocaust Memorial Day events

Yiddish Folksongs

Wednesday 23 January, 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York 

Passionate, poignant and humorous – folksongs in the Yiddish language were an important part of the life of Jewish people around the world for hundreds of years. The Yiddish Folksong Project is the result of internationally-acclaimed singer Juliana Yaffé’s rediscovery of forty-two remarkable classical arrangements of Yiddish songs by eminent American conductor Robert De Cormier. Accompanied by conductor-pianist John Yaffé and violinist Fenella Humphreys.
Tickets: £14; concessions £12; students £5.  To purchase and for further information see http://yorkconcerts.co.uk/programme/yiddishfolksongs
Holocaust Memorial Day: Man & God: Classical music, science, and the creation of colour film

Saturday, 26 January, 6.45-7.15PM (pre-show  panel) and 7.30-9.00PM (preview performance)
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York 

In the pre-show panel, Lisa Peschel (University of York, TFTV), Michael Berkowitz (University College London, Hebrew & Jewish Studies) and their artistic collaborators discuss two case studies of turning an academic project into public performance. The panel will be followed by a preview performance of the musical-in-development Man & God:  Classical music, science, and the creation of colour film, based on the lives of Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky, Jr., the Jewish inventors of Kodachrome film. 

Please note:  the pre-show panel and the performance are ticketed separately; if you wish to attend both, please reserve a ticket for each.  Free tickets and more information available online: https://tftv.ticketsolve.com/shows

600 Candles
Thursday 24 January, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
York Minster
This act of commemoration, which takes place in the setting of York Minster’s historic Chapter House, uses light, music, readings, silence and space for quiet reflection to commemorate the six million people who died in the Holocaust as well as victims of genocide through to the present day.  Attendees have the option of joining the sung evensong service which takes place beforehand at 5.15pm.
The Civic Event

Sunday 27 January, 6.15pm 8.00pm
Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX

Hosted by the Lord Mayor, this informal evening will include short talks, film, poetry and discussion to explore the 2019 theme ‘Torn From Home’, how enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.
Holocaust Survivor Speaker
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM
P/X/001  (Physics Exhibition Centre, room X/001)
Marc was born in Vienna and was the son of Jewish parents from Poland. He recounts the antisemitism he experienced as a young boy in Austria. Marc’s parents made the agonising decision to send Marc on the Kindertransport to London. Marc will discuss what life was like in the Jewish Refugee’s Children Hostel in Margate where he was taken care of. Marc kept in contact with his parents until war was declared. He later found out that both his parents had been killed at Auschwitz concentration camp. Marc will share his testimony and take questions from the audience.

LJ Inter-Synagogue Cyber Quiz

Sunday 10th March, 7.15-9.45pm

For anyone who like quizzes YLJC will be entering a team in the Liberal Judaism’s annual inter-synagogue quiz, which this year will be run virtually, so avoiding the need to travel.  For further information and to volunteer to join the team please email chair@jewsinyork.org.uk

Educational Opportunities

The Leo Baeck College in Finchley, which trains all the progressive rabbis in the UK, offers a wide variety of in-person and online training courses.  Forthcoming courses are:

For more information about these courses please go to: http://lbc.ac.uk/study-with-us/ If you have any further questions, please contact Jarek: Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk, 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:http://mycastlegateway.org/castle-gateway-project/
For more details of the approach see: http://mycastlegateway.org/about/

Limmud Events

See www.limmud.org for these wonderful cross-communal educational events which are spread across the UK throughout the year.

 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 (www.yorksj.ac.uk/eborlectures)

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 and dates of future walks email: bradfordjewish@gmail.com

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 with Gabriel 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.