Join us for the series of 'Breakfast Shiurs' we regularly hold prior to the Shabbat service.
At Kol Chai we believe that Jewish education is a lifelong journey and we offer opportunities for learning at whatever stage you are on your journey.
Learning is an inherent part of life in our Community – from study passages and discussions embedded in the service, our Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Erev Shavuot night of study), and our Tu B’Shvat Seder, but what else are Rabbi Naomi and the Education Committee offering?
Torah breakfasts: These monthly Limmud-style sessions are held while we eat a delicious breakfast on Shabbat mornings. We use the term Torah in its widest possible sense to incorporate texts from all Jewish sources: Rabbinic, Kabbalistic, contemporary and secular. Recent sessions have looked at the meaning of our Shabbat prayers, the roots of war and hostility, the Hasidic idea of “hidden light” and the Jewish approach to ecology. We have also run more structured programmes over several weeks, on topics like modern Reform Judaism. You are warmly invited to attend the Shabbat morning service afterwards but you don’t have to!
Friday nights: Once a month we precede our Friday night service with a discussion of that week’s parsha at 18.45.
Speaker talks: We run regular well-attended talks and recently have had successful evenings on Ethiopian Jewry and from We Believe In Israel. We are currently organising a very interesting talk on Jews serving in our military … more in the pipeline, and we very much welcome members’ suggestions. Our Rabbi Emeritus also plans to give an annual lecture. Transport can be arranged for all speaker events.
Parents: We run occasional sessions for parents of children coming up to Bar and Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat mornings at 09.30, while their children are in the B’Nei Mitzvah class, and have plans for some family learning at that time for parents and children to learn together.
Upcoming ideas: Shabbatons – combining prayer, learning, Hebrew for beginners, leyning, communal meals. Discussion sessions, outings, debates? Our Community is run largely by and for members, so contact us here if there is anything you are interested in … and we’ll try to make it happen!
All events are open to friends and family.
Non-Jewish associate members: We actively encourage non-Jewish partners to participate in Community life. Rabbi Naomi runs bespoke Sunday morning classes for those interested in converting or furthering their knowledge of Judaism. She also runs a shorter, more informal programme of study for non-Jewish partners prior to holding a mixed faith wedding celebration or blessing.
Peter Gartenberg and Rabbi Naomi Goldman