For details of all courses, dates and times please click on the relevant tab below.

For further information please contact Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu on  or call 020 8445 3400.

This 10-week course is for complete beginners and very rusty readers.

During the course you will learn to read Hebrew and understand key ideas from the prayer book and Torah.

We will follow the ‘Aleph Isn’t Tough’ course, and will let participants know about the cost of the book, which you will have to order from us if you would like to join this course.

Please contact Steve Levenson on  or 020 8445 3400 for more details.

The class will run from 6.00 pm – 6.50 pm on the following dates:

16, 23 & 30 January 2019

6, 13 & 27 February 2019

6, 13, 20 & 27 March 2019

Experiencing the Divine: Exploring the Chasidic/Kabbalistic writings of the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889-1943)

Please come and join us as we explore together how Rabbi Shapira sets out a clear Jewish path to spiritual development. An introduction to Rabbi Shapira and his teachings on mindfulness, the role of the ego and connecting with divinity.

We will read and discuss the original writings of Rabbi Shapira in Hebrew. English translations will be provided, and everyone is welcome regardless of prior knowledge and experience. All you need to bring is an open heart and an open mind.

Session dates – 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Wednesday 12 December

Wednesday 9 & 23 January 2019

Wednesday 13 & 27 February 2019

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 28 March 2019

Over the course of the six classes in January, February and March, we will read and discuss together extracts from Rabbi Shapira’s short book which in Hebrew is called “B’nei Machshavah Tovah” and which has been translated into English as both “Experiencing the Divine: A Guide to Jewish Spiritual Practice and Community” and “Conscious Community: A Guide to Inner Work”.

Written in the 1930’s for his students, this book is a guide for adults who live in the ‘real world’ on how to organise and run a spiritual community. It was discovered after World War II in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto and was quickly accepted as a classic of Jewish spiritual literature.


Rabbi James Baaden continues his series of lively and informative talks exploring “Jewish Tunes—Jews and Musicals” in January 2019. During the course of this series Rabbi Baaden will examine the suggestion that the musical is a uniquely Jewish form of popular music.

Tuesday 8 January, 2.00 pm— Richard Rodgers and South Pacific

Richard Charles Rodgers was an American composer of music, with over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, leaving a legacy as one of the most significant composers of 20th century American music. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Tuesday 15 January, 2.00 pm— Jerry  Herman and Hello Dolly!

Jerry Herman is an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theatre. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. He has been nominated for the Tony Award five times, and won twice, for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

Tuesday 22 january, 2.00 pm— Jerry Brock and Fiddler on the Roof

Jerrold Lewis “Jerry” Bock was an American musical theatre composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick.

 Open to members and guests of Sha’arei Tsedek

  • Suggested donation of £5.00 pp / session
  • Includes refreshments