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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11 Jul 2016

In 1701, the London Sephardim, Congregation Shaar Hashamayim, constructed their first synagogue away from Bevis Marks. This three-part series looks at London’s Jewish development after the 1656 readmission and further development of the community. Monday 25th July – Bevis’ First Rabbi: The David Nieto Affair and Anglo Jewish Independence

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20 Jun 2016

In 1701, the London Sephardim, Congregation Shaar Hashamayim, constructed their first synagogue away from Bevis Marks. This three-part series looks at London’s Jewish development after the 1656 readmission and further development of the community. Monday 20th June – Bevis Marks Synagogue: Myth and Fact in its Construction.

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06 Jun 2016

This monthly series with Rabbi Shalom Morris covers the practical aspects of Jewish law concerning a range of topics. Monday 6th June – Shabbat Laws Reception 6:15pm Lecture 6:30pm

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28 May 2016

A weekly class given by Rabbi Shalom Morris. Starting an hour before the end of Shabbat, followed by Arbit and Habdalah. This term we will be focusing on Pirke Abot and moving onto Rosh HaShanah. 28th May through 11th June – Pirke Abot 18th June through August – Rosh HaShanah

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23 May 2016

In 1701, the London Sephardim, Congregation Shaar Hashamayim, constructed their first synagogue at Bevis Marks. This three-part series looks at London’s Jewish development after the 1656 readmission and further development of the community. Monday 23rd May – From Readmission to Construction: What Happened From 1656 to 1701?

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23 May 2016

Touro Synagogue, Newport, RI The Jewish trial of the century has just concluded. The trial pitted the oldest American Jewish community against the oldest American synagogue. At stake was the legacy of America’s Colonial era Jews. The oldest remaining synagogue building in (what is today) the United States is the Touro…

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19 May 2016

One of the most noticeable features at many of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogues are the canonical robes worn by the rabbis and hazanim (often called ministers). They are striking because they are so similar in style to gowns traditionally worn by many Protestant ministers. Wearing them therefore seems to transgress the Biblical prohibition of ‘thou…

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09 May 2016

This monthly series with Rabbi Shalom Morris covers the practical aspects of Jewish law concerning a range of topics. Monday 9th May – Sefirat Ha’Omer to Shabuot Reception 6:15pm Lecture 6:30pm

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