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0-120 Shabbat Morning Service

By | Services

0-120 Shabbat Morning Service – Saturday 11 July, 10.30 am

Join us for a special all ages 0-120 Shabbat morning, marking the end of the Religion School and B’nei Mitzvah Programme year. We will say ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful helpers who are moving to the next stage of their lives, and we will celebrate the achievements of all of our students. With Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, Natasha Kafka, Roz Levenson and Steve Levenson.

Join via Zoom or view on Facebook Live.


A Time And A Place

By | Adult Learning

Thursday 9 July,  3.00 pm -5.00 pm

“A Time And A Place” – with Rabbi James Baaden

Rabbi Baaden continues his series. This week Rabbi Baaden focuses on ‘time’ – ‘Growing Up: Rites of Passage, discovery and learning from childhood to adulthood and beyond.

All welcome.

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Book Club

By | Book Club

Rashi’s Daughters, Book I: Joheved: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France (Rashi’s Daughters Series) by Maggie Anton


“Rashi’s Daughters” is the story of the three daughters of the great Talmudic authority Salomon ben Isaac, a.k.a. Rashi, who lived in 11th century Troyes, France and had no sons. At a time when most women were illiterate and the rare educated woman was one who could read the Bible, Rashi’s daughters studied Talmud. They were also vintners, merchants and mothers of the next generation of Talmudic scholars.

Built on seven years of exhaustive historical research and ten years of Talmud study, “Rashi’s Daughters” explores what might have been, weaving actual events, as described in responsa literature and Talmud commentaries, into an account of the lives of these amazing women. Talmud is an integral part of these novels; readers will learn along with Rashi’s daughters as he explains selected texts. This is also the story of the medieval French Jewish community, how they lived, loved, worked, ate, prayed and interacted with their non-Jewish neighbors. A wealth of material about Jewish women’s daily lives is provided, including how they observed life cycle events and holidays.

Maggie Anton wrote this book because she wanted to share her research into Jewish women’s lives in medieval France, how the prosperity and tolerance they enjoyed differed from the negative stereotypes usually associated with the Middle Ages. In addition, she wished to encourage women to study Talmud, the foundation of Jewish Law that, until very recently, women have been unable to access.


About the author

Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California, where she still resides. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance. This was in addition to raising their children, Emily and Ari, and working full-time as a clinical chemist for Kaiser Permanente for over 30 years.

In 1992 Anton joined a women’s Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. To her surprise, she fell in love with Talmud, a passion that has continued unabated for twenty years. Intrigued that the great Talmudic scholar Rashi had no sons, only daughters, Anton researched the family and decided to write novels about them. Thus the award-winning trilogy,�Rashi’s Daughters, was born, to be followed by National Jewish Book Award finalist,�Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice�and its sequel, Enchantress.

Still studying women and Talmud, Anton has lectured throughout North America and Israel about the history behind her novels. Her most recent effort is the Ben Franklin Award winner for Religion, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know-What, a light-hearted look at our Sages’s surprisingly progressive views on sexuality.


Thought for the week

By | News

Thought for the week – Friday 3 July 2020

I think that we are coming up to a momentous week. From the 5th July, pubs, hairdressers, even hotels, will know that they can start to open. But things are so different for us. We are not a business. We are a community. Not a school doing essential work for the physical and mental health of one generation. But a space that brings people together across the generations.
A very large tent.

I am proud of our different backgrounds. I am so pleased that this community is a safe place for people with every sort of health status and disability. Not a school, or a hotel or a shop. But a kehillah, and an ohel, a very open tent.

I already know that it is possible to hold a community together with enormous physical distance, even across continents, because this is what the Jewish people have always done. Our word for it is diaspora. Perhaps that is a useful way of seeing ourselves today.

In a new diaspora, or, in Hebrew, in galut. In Yiddish, the golus. It is possible to get used to being apart. While at the same time, surviving, yes, while longing to come home.

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

To read more of Rabbi Ambalu’s essays and articles click here.

Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture 2020

By | Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture Past Events

Sunday 2 February 2020 – 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm

The Ethical Alef-Bet

In honour of the scribal vocation of Vivian Solomon, Rabbi Mark Solomon will lead us in study of a remarkable Talmudic passage that interprets the letters of the Alef-Bet as a moral and spiritual lesson in fundamental Jewish values. The Talmud then turns to strange permutations of the Alef-Bet, and the lesson takes on a darker tone, spanning the heights and the depths of being. You will never see the Hebrew alphabet the same way again.


Mark Solomon is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, where he has taught since 1991, shortly after he was ordained as an orthodox rabbi. He is part-time Rabbi of the Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish communities, and Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism. He comes from Australia and lives in Friern Barnet, but travels constantly up and down the country.

About – Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture

Sha’arei Tsedek has a long reputation for loving Torah and loving learning. This lecture, held each year in January, celebrates the life of Vivian Solomon z’’l, a Torah scribe and a lover of Torah. These lectures are an opportunity for in depth, scholarly and accessibly focus on aspects of the Torah as text and as story.

Quiz Night & Supper

By | Events

Sunday 16 February 2020 – 7.15 pm

Join us for an evening of fun and test your knowledge. Bring your family & friends. Play as a team (tables of 10 max).


£18.00 per person.

Early Bird ticket £16.00.  Offer ends 1 February 2020.

Ticket includes:

  • Fish Supper (Vegetarian option available, please denote when booking)
  • Soft drinks & tea/coffee

BYO – wine and beer


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T: 020 8445 3400