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Education for Adults

The LJS offers a fascinating programme of learning and engagement for adults, which all come under our education programme - The Learning Circle.
To get a flavour of the range of courses and classes, please view the Summer 2021 Learning Circle brochure by
 clicking here. The Sukkot/Autumn term brochure will be available toward the end of August.
Classes are held on Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, and on Shabbat mornings prior to the Shabbat morning service, and include three levels of Hebrew all taught by expert teachers.


Exploring Judaism is a class held on Tuesday evenings for those wishing to explore the possibility of conversion or who simply wish to brush up their knowledge of Judaism. In addition, the Learning Circle offers several short courses on the Holocaust, Philosophy, Jewish History, and a host of other subjects, as well as Shabbatonim and special events that highlight, for example, Jewish poets and novelists.
During lockdown, we have successfully moved our programmes online, via Zoom, which of course makes them accessible for people living further afield. This provision will is likely continue for some time.
Members and non-members are all welcome. For full details of adult education opportunities, please contact

High Holy Day Preparation
Preparation for Rosh Hashanah: 8.00pm on Tuesday 31 August

Preparation for Yom Kippur: 8.00pm on Tuesday 14 September

For this class, our guest speaker is Dr Alinda Damsma, Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew from the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department, UCL, who will talk about The Book of Jonah in the Zohar.

Preview of Sukkot/Autumn term classes
Details of all classes will be announced in the forthcoming brochure for The Learning Circle which will be available in August. Regular announcements are also made in the LJS newsletter and in the weekly e-newsletter, Shalom LJS.

Classes are held on Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, and on Shabbat mornings prior to the Shabbat morning services.

Hebrew classes
Classes at all levels of Classical Hebrew, from beginners to those following the GCSE syllabus in Classical Hebrew, are held throughout the academic year. 

A new class for Absolute Beginners starts on Tuesday evenings in the Sukkot term. There are also classes for those who would like to learn more about biblical and prayer-book Hebrew, including some which focus on the reading of Genesis and Joshua.

Discussion classes
Discussion classes are held on Tuesday and Shabbat mornings.

In the Tuesday Texts classes, biblical and rabbinic texts as well as modern poetry and short stories are studied, and there are also sessions on Jewish art and music.

The Shabbat morning Learning with Texts classes will address the question: ‘How does Judaism affect my attitude towards…?’

Subjects will include our approach to existential risk, Covid-19, civil disobedience, inequality in society, and social media.

Exploring Judaism
This course is for people, including non-Jewish family members, who wish to know more about Judaism. It is also an essential programme of instruction for people choosing Judaism by conversion.

Exploring interfaith relations
There will be a Jewish/Muslim study course in the coming academic year which Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton, our Scholar in Residence, will lead together with our guest Muslim lecturer, Dr Harith Ramli. We will be announcing further details via the website, the newsletter and our weekly e-newsletter.

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