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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

Exploring interfaith relations

Tuesday evenings 8.10 – 9.30pm

Judaism and Islam: A Shared History

Led by LJS Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton and our guest Muslim lecturer, Dr Harith Ramli.

This special course, now held in hybrid form (in person and online), concludes with sessions in May and June:

10 May: Why we love Jerusalem We consider Jewish and Muslim traditions and teachings about the holy city. 

14 June: The Jewish Orientalists We investigate the little-known story of the leading Western scholars of, and enthusiasts for, Islam who came from Jewish backgrounds.  

For those attending the final session of the course in person at the LJS, do join us for a drink afterwards to thank our course leaders.

                                                                                                  Please book here for the next sessions.

To view the video promoting the Judaism and Islam lecture, please click here

RACISM: Identifying It, Learning about it, Combatting it

Our four part series held in November 2020 on RACISM: Identifying It, Learning about it, Combatting it was very well received.

The fascinating programme included:

•    Jewish Teaching on Racism by Rabbi Alexandra Wright
•    Jewish History of Anti-Racism activity with Dr Edie Friedman (JCORE)
•    Facts and Figures of Racism in Britain with Dr Edie Friedman in conversation with Lord Simon Woolley, political and equalities activist
•    Report of the Board of Deputies inquiry into racism in the Jewish community, presented by Stephen Bush, head of the commission

LJS Summer Conversations

In July 2020, we held a series of free online conversations.

Our conversations were 'Identity: Psychological Perspectives' presented by LJS member Dr Stephen Blumenthal which was followed by a discussion led by LJS member Harriett Goldenberg, existential psychologist, teacher and author; 'Music and Survival' presented by musician and activist Simon Wallfisch who talked about music, antisemitism, his family and the Holocaust, as well as the future of the performing arts post-Brexit; and 'Hollywood, the Rolling Stones, Nazi Germany' presented by Sandy Lieberson, producer of 'Performance' and 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus'.

You can view the talks by clicking on their titles, above.

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. 

Nosh 'n' Drosh is not currently operating during lockdown, but we are looking at ways to introduce an online version soon.

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

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Tue, 24 May 2022 23 Iyar 5782