19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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19 Jun 2018

Beginning in 1818, exactly two centuries ago, many of the West’s first breakaway synagogues were founded. Different motivations guided these moves, including tradition, reform, custom, and location. However, all sparked controversy and division, and each impacted their original local Spanish and Portuguese congregation. This history series looks at these…

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06 Feb 2018

This series by Rabbi Shalom Morris looks at these remarkable women and their publications from the age of British Romanticism. Lecture 1 – Abigail Lindo Source Sheet Here The Wise Son 1 – Abigail Lindo Lecture 2 – Grace Aguilar Source Sheet Here The wise Son 2 – Grace…

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17 Nov 2017

What Does It Mean to be a Jew? Anglo Jewry has defined this in different ways. We will look at three very different types of figures all of whom emerged from Bevis Marks. Lecture 1 “Daniel Mendoza” Source sheet here Mendoza Lecture 2 “Sir Moses Montefiore” Montefiore Lecture 3…

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12 Jul 2017

The final census of the Torah occurs in Parashat Pinhas. It appears, though, in a peculiar way (Bamidbar 26:1). There is a paragraph break in the middle of the pasuk! The pasuk begins “After the plague concluded,” and then upon starting a new paragraph the verse concludes “And G-d…

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18 Aug 2016

It’s now been one year since I moved to London, and what a year it’s been! A new position, a new home, and a new culture all at once. While I miss friends, family and familiarity, I’m thrilled with the move and all that’s come along with it. I…

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13 Jul 2016

I write this post in the hope of answering a question that I’ve been pondering for the past few months. What is the world’s longest continuously running synagogue? I ask not about the oldest synagogue building, or about an uninterrupted religious tradition that may have survived geographic dislocation. Rather, I…

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28 Jun 2016

As an American living in England, I’m often asked about Donald Trump. Now as a resident of England, my American friends ask me about Brexit. From the lack of city workers in the London coffee shops midday on Friday, but from the very large crowds drinking outside the pubs,…

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23 Jun 2016

Every city is unique, each with its own climate, ebb and flow, culture and pace. As a rabbi, it is important for me to understand a place’s character so that I can better actualise its potential. London is of course no different, and it is not surprising that it…

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