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Talks and Lectures

In addition to our Learning Circle for members, friends and guests of the LJS, we frequently run regular talks, lectures and short courses. Art, poetry and music feature in our programme, as well as Jewish History, and short courses led by published authors.

Festivals offer opportunities to delve more deeply into their significance and practice, for example, for Purim we have an exciting study and Megillah reading event, and at Shavuot, we have a full programme of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (all night study).

We offer High Holy Day seminars, looking at the liturgy and traditions, in readiness for this special time of year in the Jewish Calendar. For more details on our programmes, please contact


Tuesday Texts

Tuesday Texts is another place for discussion on a range of different topics. The LJS provides one of the best adult education and discussion programmes in a synagogue community, and all are welcome to participate in the classes which are run by our rabbis and senior teachers.

Tuesdays Texts are online at the moment, and you can find out more about the programme from


Nosh 'n' Drosh

These monthly lunchtime gatherings, after the Shabbat morning service, have proved a popular way for the congregation to come together to listen to first-class speakers on a variety of subjects. Lunch is provided, and the session is free of charge to LJS members and friends.

Lunch is served at 1.15pm and the lecture will run from 1.15-2.15pm, whilst participants sit at tables and chairs to eat.

Nosh 'n' Drosh lectures for 2022-2023:

Date: Shabbat 5 November

The History of Yiddish Theatre with speaker Irene Kiffin

The territory of the Pale was an area of land reaching across modern Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova and parts of Russia. In 1791, under Catherine the Great, it was given over to the settlement of Jews expelled from Russia. Life in the Pale was bleak. Apart from the rich and educated, Jews had few rights and were restricted to living and making a living amongst themselves. Out of this impoverished background grew the Yiddish Theatre, which achieved great fame throughout Europe and beyond. It gave to the theatre a richness in musical comedy and operetta. From 1881, Yiddish Theatre was established in America with the emigrants that moved there. It gradually spread to film and produced great musicals, such as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

Irene Kiffin came to the UK from Ireland in her late teens. She took a Degree for teaching Speech and Drama and went on to do a Masters in Social Anthropology. Irene has taught in the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. For about fifteen years Irene worked in the field of Dyslexia and ran workshops for tutors. She gives public lectures on the subject. Irene has worked in jazz/poetry fusion, and has been writing poetry for a number of years. She created and performed The Nature of Hopkins at Literary Festivals with Stan Tracey, the jazz pianist, and has written papers and given readings on Gerard Manley Hopkins in the UK, US, Ireland and Nepal.

Irene teaches a three-year course on The History of the Theatre at the University of the Third Age, as well as giving talks on various subjects connected with the arts. This talk is part of her History of the Theatre course.


Date: Shabbat 14 January 2023

The Documentation of Jewish London: from outside (broadcast TV) to inside (auto-ethnographic film) with Searle Kochberg

More lecture details to follow

Searle Kochberg is a maker and writer on cinema and other performing arts, and has a PhD in documentary practice. In the past he edited the textbook Introduction to Documentary Production (2002), and contributed to Introduction to Film Studies (2012) and Promotion in the Age of Convergence (2013). Recently Searle has co-written a chapter based on his anthropological film practice in the book Locating Queer Histories (2022), dealing with the forging of other Jewish identities in London suburban spaces.


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