Adult Discussion Group

The adult discussion group meeting in the BSS library

The adult discussion group meeting in the BSS library


Twenty years and still going strong, the Adult Discussion Group meets on Sunday mornings during the cheder term.

The group was originally started by parents of children attending cheder who lived too far to drop their children, go home and then return in under three hours.

The format of the morning has evolved over the years to the current two sessions, with a short coffee break in between.

Schedule

The group is continuing to meet virtually online during restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic – see the weekly News from the Square email for Zoom meeting IDs and passwords:

5 September
10.00-11.15 Student Rabbi Dr Annette Boeckler: Shofarot: the core section of Rosh Hashanah liturgy

11.30-12.45 Student Rabbi Dr Annette Boeckler: An excursion from Bodenheim to Belsize Square: film and discussion

12 September
10.00 – 11.15 Student Rabbi Dr Annette Boeckler: Teshuvah: a chosen text from High Holyday liturgy
11.30 – 12.45 Andrew Levy, author of Love in the Time of Tyranny: A new perspective on the Song of Songs


19 September
10.00 – 11.15 Student Rabbi Dr Annette Boeckler: Sukkot Core Prayers and Texts
11.30 – 12.45 Jenny Nemko, founder of Effective Communications, Trustee of Oasis of Peace (Neve Shalom) and founder of Talk Matters: 1 year of Talk Matters: Jews and Arabs Together (TBC)

26 September
10.00 – 11.15 Student Rabbi Dr Annette Boeckler: Selected passages from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)
11.30 – 12.45 Speaker and topic to be announced

3 October
10.00 -11.15 Speaker and topic to be announced
11.30 -12.45 Philippe Sands QC, Author, Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, UCL – in conversation with Natasha Hausdorff, barrister and spokesperson for UK Lawyers for Israel

10 October
10.00 -11.15 Speaker and topic to be announced
11.30 -12.45 Stephen Bush, Chair of the Board of Deputies Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community (TBC)

17 October
10.00 -11.15 Speaker and topic to be announced
11.30 -12.45 Russell Shalev, attorney with the International Legal Forum and Editor at Large, J’accuse Coalition for Justice: Anti-Zionist Jews and Anti-Semitism

Sessions have covered a wide range of subjects from Pirkei Avot, Tractate Brachot of the Talmud to the history of Russian Jewry and Islam for Jews. No former knowledge is required; only an interest in finding out more about Judaism, stimulating your mind and/or a willingness to discuss issues. ‘Two Jews, three opinions’, a very old Jewish truism, reflects the group and how we welcome and value everyone’s opinion.

The second session can range from current topics, Israel, the arts, people’s lives and experiences, medical ethical issues, the economy or, on occasion, a film followed by discussion.

The group is very fluid, with some people attending every week to others coming once in a while. Some come along just for the occasional outing, for instance to the British Museum or a walk around the ‘Radical East End’.

There is no membership commitment and no fee; just a warm welcome whenever you come. Our programme for each month is published in Our Congregation, and for the coming weekend in the weekly emailed News from the Square. It is also announced in Shabbat services but if you would like to be on the Adult Discussion Group mailing list, please contact Claire Walford on claire.walford@yahoo.com.