Education Hub new term – Liberal Jewish Thought

13 April 2022 – 12 Nisan 5782
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Liberal Judaism’s Education Hub will have a new term of sessions examining Liberal Jewish Thought in May and June.

Taking place via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm, next term’s line-up is below. All sessions are designed to stand alone, so you can attend as many evenings as you’d like.

To register for the Education Hub, please click here.

Wednesday 11 May: Rabbi Monique Mayer and Rabbi Aaron Goldstein – The emerging role of Musar in Contemporary Liberal Judaism
Rabbi Monique Mayer is a Musar practitioner who has captivated many of us. This session will explore Musar’s potential for our movement.

Wednesday 18 May: Rabbi Lea Mühlstein and Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – Why Liberal Jews pray
Taking a closer look at the evolution of specific prayers over the past 200 years, as well as explore trends in the evolution of our prayerbooks more generally.

Wednesday 25 May: Rabbi Dr Judith Rosen-Berry and Rabbi Charley Baginsky – What’s new? Progressive thought and Liberal Judaism
This session will discuss the positive influence that ‘progressive/new’ thinking has always had on Liberal Judaism and why, in the current political and religious context, this must continue to be the case.

Wednesday 1 June: Rabbi Nathan Godleman – Ceremony in Liberal Judaism, a contradiction in terms?
Would you walk out if the Torah scroll were processed? This session will explore whether the classical Liberal aversion towards ceremony is a thing of the past, or whether it based upon a misconception that still restricts us.

Wednesday 8 June: Rabbi Michael Shire – Encountering Liberal Judaism and a new Hasidism
The new Hasidism of the 21st century has taken old pathways and reinvigorated them for our post-modern times. How do these intersect with an evolving Liberal Judaism? 

Wednesday 15 June: Rabbi Richard Jacobi – Say Goodbye to ‘woolly Liberalism’
Wider events within the UK and around the world have revealed in the starkest terms why we and our world can no longer afford woolly Liberalism. But how do we toughen up our principles? 

Before then, there is one final session left this term:

Wednesday 20 April: Rabbi Rebecca Birk – Remember that you were a stranger: Campaigning for a welcome for Syrian refugees.

This year, Liberal Judaism’s Education Hub Series has been celebrating 120 years of our movement.

The first sessions took place in January and February looking at the people who have inspired us, from Lily Montagu and Rabbi Leo Baeck to Rabbi John Rayner and Rosita Rosenberg.

The second term, which ran in March and April, examined how we practise – both in prayer and through the Liberal Jewish values of equality, inclusion and activism.

You can watch all previous sessions on Liberal Judaism’s YouTube channel, here.

We are proud to make Education Hub classes available for free, to ensure that everyone has access. However, if you are able to, please consider making a donation to Liberal Judaism.

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