ACCESSIBLE LEARNING FOR ADULTS

Sunday 29 April, 10.00 am - 12 noon

Learning about Shavuot: It's About Time

Join Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu on the journey from Pesach to Shavuot, from Matzah to cheesecake, from freedom to Torah.  Fun, deep, practical and accessible Jewish learning.



MEANINGFUL MAY

Tuesday 8 May, 6.15pm refreshments, 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm

Pillars of Grief : what do we need to grieve and survive.

Led by Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu and experienced counsellor Ruth Dines, discovering how to grow through the many typrs of loss and of grief that we might encounter.

Tuesday 15 May, 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm

Creatively Jewish: the power of making

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu and Sandra Gross will l4ead this hands on session, suitable for any level of experience. Come and discover the joy of creativity.


MIDSUMMER MUSIC EVENINGS

More Jewish Singers: Israel and the Diaspora - 5, 12, 19 & 26 June at 7.30 pm

Join Rabbi James Baaden for a series of Midsummer Music Evenings this June. Over four sessions Rabbi Baaden will introduce you to the sounds of four varied and ecletic singers and their backgrounds.

5 June

CHAVA ALBERSTEIN AND POLAND

Chava Alberstein, now in her 70s, is one of Israel’s best-known singers, and has released over 60 albums to date. She is famous for her versions of numerous great Israeli songs, including works by Naomi Shemer which are in many Jewish prayerbooks (for example, “Lu Y’hi”).   Born in Poland, she was one of the first singers (anywhere in the world) to begin to re-explore the great Polish-Jewish repertoire of Yiddish song.

12 June

YEHUDA POLIKER AND GREECE

Born in Kiryat Haim near Haifa, Yehuda Poliker is the son of Greek Jews who survived Auschwitz. The experience of Shoah survivors and their children has figured prominently in his work. Known as much as a poet as a singer, and greatly admired by his fellow musicians and composers in Israel, since the 1980s he has focused much of his career on Greek music, recording many songs in Greek and in Ladino, the language of the Jews of Salonica, his parents’ home town.

19 June

OFRA HAZA AND YEMEN

Although she was a highly successful Israeli pop singer who had already had a number 1 in the Israeli charts by the end of the 1970s, Ofra Haza achieved far greater worldwide fame – most exceptionally, above all in the Arab world – when she began to record Yemenite songs, reflecting her family background in the 1980s.  She died at the young age of 42 in 2000.

26 June

ESTHER OFARIM AND GERMANY

A singer of pop and folk songs, Esther Ofarim was born in Tzfat/Safed and was one of the first Israeli performers to embark on a major European career, both solo and for a while in partnership with her husband Aby. Already in the early 1960s she enjoyed extraordinary stardom in Germany, at a time when Israel continued to refuse to have diplomatic relations with either German state.  For countless German fans, however, encountering Esther Ofarim and her music was part of a process of encountering living Jewish culture – and beginning to give attention to their own country’s Nazi past.


AUTUMN SESSIONS

Wednesday 5 September, 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm

Making Sense of these Awesome Days

Accessible Adult Learning about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Beyond