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Chagigah 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chagigah is our biennial celebration of Reform Judaism. Chagigah means just that:  a celebration. It reflects the special atmosphere we will create over a weekend away, celebrating Reform Judaism and being part of something bigger.

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A Third Way: special film screening at JW3
February 11, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

A partner event organised by JW3 and West London Synagogue's Eretz Programme

'A Third Way – Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors' is the first feature documentary on the notorious and unique Israeli “settler for peace”, Rabbi Menachem Froman. The film includes exclusive interviews and action scenes shot over the last 6 years, including scenes of Froman’s protégés, both settlers and Palestinians, as they struggle to continue his legacy after his death in March, 2013.

This is a UK premiere screening. We will be joined for a post screening Q&A with the film’s director Harvey Stein.

Harvey Stein (director/co-producer) is a filmmaker and video journalist originally from New York City, living in Jerusalem since 2006. Stein's production company, Jerusalem New York Productions has made over 100 short documentaries that have appeared in such places as Time magazine website, GlobalPost, Forward, Tablet, Israel21c, and elsewhere. His previous feature documentary, RxCannabis – a Freedom Tale, about the struggles of medical marijuana patients in California, was released in the United States in summer, 2015.

Tickets: £12.00

Thursday 11 February 8:15pm

Visit the JW3 website for more information and to book


Visions for Israel: One State, Two States, or the Status Quo
February 16, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

This session at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue (EDRS) will explore the three main frameworks for de-escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What opportunities do each present and what are the risks? Which one is more likely to strengthen Israel’s security in the long run?

Dr Dan Reisel is a doctor working in London and currently serves on the Yachad Board. He has taught throughout the community and is a well-known presenter at Limmud. Dan served as an infantry soldier in the second Lebanon War.

Tickets available from the EDRS Synagogue Office on 020 8238 1000 cost £5 to include Israeli style refreshments.

For further information email the EDRS Israel Group:gesher@edrs.org.uk


Jewish Music Fair
February 21, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Some of Britain’s finest Jewish musicians will inspire and teach a vast array of workshops at Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue).  Choose from 30 sessions throughout the day with a chance to perform, participate, listen, learn, socialise, network, eat, drink and have a stimulating or relaxing day depending on your mood.

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Download an application form 


Open Friday Night Service at Hull Reform Synagogue
February 26, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Following the success of previous Open Friday Night Services, Hull Reform Synagogue will hold a special service on Friday 26 February 2016 starting at 7.00pm.

What makes this service different is the running commentary from those leading, explaining the nature of the prayers being recited, their background, origin and the traditional rituals being observed.

This year the community will host have Rabbi Danny Rich of Liberal Judaism and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, both of whom will be giving a short talk.

Rabbi Rich will be looking the weekly Torah portion, whilst Archbishop Sentamu will be discussing the benefits of unity between faiths.

Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole will attend as well as representatives of other faith communities.

After the Service there will be a kiddush and the opportunity to look around the synagogue, talk to those members present and examine the ark, scrolls and other artifacts.

Guests, both Jewish and non-Jewish are welcome to attend this interesting event, but please contact Audrey on 01482 563835 to confirm your attendance.


Beit Din Residential Weekend 2016
March 04, 2016 - March 06, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Are you considering conversion, are in the process of converting, or have recently become Jewish?


Beit Din Residential Weekend 2016Join us for a residential weekend at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham forming networks with those following a similar path and facing similar issues. We’ll enjoy Shabbat together in a warm, open environment for questions and discussions.

Reform Judaism Beit Din
Residential Weekend 4-6 March 2016
Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Adults £150
Children sharing parents’ room £45
Single supplement £40

We will be joined by Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Convenor of the Beit Din, Reform Judaism’s religious court which deals with matters of conversion. We’ll stay at the Eastwood Hall Hotel near Nottingham, easily accessible from the M1. The cost will be £150 per person to include all meals (plus single room supplement of £40 where applicable). The cost for children sharing their parents' room is £45. The weekend is open to anyone considering conversion, currently in the process of converting or who has recently converted.

Partners, Jewish or non-Jewish are more than welcome, as are children.

The event programme is suitable for over 12s and under 5s can stay with their parents or you can make your own childcare arrangements. There will be some organised activities for 5-12 year olds.

For more info call Pippa: 020 8349 5675 

Download a brochure and application form

 


Film screening at Kol Chai
March 13, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The Zigzag Kid (2012)  95 min.

This is a special family screening with an early start time

Everyone from age 7 to 97 welcome! *

Directed by Vincent Bal

Dutch with English subtitles

Starring: Thomas Simon, Fedja van Huêt, Jessica Zeylmaker  Isabella Rossellini

Based on the much-loved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid appeals to adults and children alike through its wit and humour  Nono wants to be like his father - the best police inspector in the world - but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father - he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.

“One of the best “family” movies I have seen in a long time, where everyone from age 7 to 97 is sure to enjoy this from start to finish. If you are in the mood for a top notch foreign movie that will delight you in the most unexpected way, “The Zigzag Kid” is a can’t-miss. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

Variety: “Fast-paced, whimsical coming-of-ager The Zigzag Kid is a charming period picaresque that offers old-fashioned entertainment for tweens and adults.”

“Brilliant coming-of-age movie will delight adults and kids alike”

Sunday 13 March at 6.00pm 434 Uxbridge Road HA5 4RG

For catering purposes, please confirm that you are attending by sending an email to the office:

films@kolchai.org or phone: 020 8421 5482

Donation: £6, Teenagers £4 (includes a charity contribution)

 

 


EDRS Casino Evening
March 26, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Canapés will be served during the evening and a close up magician will be in attendance for your entertainment.

Advance tickets only: cost £30 to include a glass of wine, a pay bar will be available for drinks thereafter.

Dress as a High Roller!

Book online using the Make Payment button on the right hand side giving Account of CASINO and your name in the description. Alternatively, contact the EDRS office on 020 8238 1000 or contact Lisa Bard for more information on lisabard@edrs.org.uk


European Union for Progressive Judaism - Biennial Conference London 2016
April 14, 2016 - April 17, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The world is changing and we need to adjust to a new reality – not just in the Jewish world but everywhere we look.

We are living in a time when building bridges has never been more important.

So do join us to explore how to build and develop those vital relationships to both strengthen our Progressive Jewish world and with the wider communities around us.

Find out more and book your place

At the EUPJ Conference you will have the opportunity to meet fellow Progressive Jews from Europe and around the world and find out more about their Jewish world and the challenges they face. By building those bridges, you will have that chance to recharge your Jewish batteries and return to your own community refreshed and energised.

Building bridges in our own communities, with other faiths and the wider community, is the backdrop against which we are building the exciting 2016 EUPJ LONDON BIENNIAL CONFERENCE programme.

We will look at inter and intra faith issues, the challenges facing our relationship with Israel, community building and leadership development. We will have the opportunity to meet the heads of our rabbinic seminaries across the world and so much more. Highlights include:

  • The opening ceremony which will be held at the Guildhall, one of London’s oldest and most beautiful buildings in the heart of the City of London
  • Experiencing the joy of being one connected community as we enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat in the magnificent sanctuary of West London Synagogue, and on Shabbat morning we will join together for the service and a lunch and learn at the impressive Liberal Jewish Synagogue.
  • The conference will include celebrating 60 years of the Leo Baeck College and 90 years of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. We would love you to celebrate these special milestones with us.
  • As well as opportunities to debate, learn and come together in song and prayer, there will be time to experience the wonderful sights and sounds of London and meeting its people.
  • Join friends, colleagues and Jews from across the world to learn together, pray together and to be part of a truly inspiring four days in London.

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