Lifelong Learning

NWSS has a long tradition of active learning.  We believe that ‘study’ is one of the core values of Judaism, and that it is important that every generation have the opportunity to learn with each other.

In 2018, Adult Education was reformatted into Lifelong Learning focusing on intergenerational study.   Each generation can act as a role model for the others.

We view our programme  as an ‘ appetite for learning’ and our core principles are:

  •  learning should be interactive, rather than listening to a talk; everyone benefits when there is plenty of discussion and challenge;
  • learning works best when there is a social element (especially around food).

Upcoming events include:  a film and food evening, a chavurah sharing of ethnic food and traditions from members of the community, a debate and a programme of learning centred around the Shoah.


Torah Breakfast

Held on the second Saturday of each month before services. We look at the week’s Torah/Haftarah portion over breakfast, with the discussion led by a member of the community.  Hebrew knowledge is not needed.


Lunch & Learn

If you find the Torah Breakfast a bit too early, why not bring some finger food and stay on after the service for a study session on the fourth Saturday of the month led by the  a member of the community.


Preparation for High Holy Days

There are a series of study and discussion sessions before the High Holy Days.  This year, the discussion before the Selichot service was ‘When saying sorry sticks in the throat’.


Judaism A-Z (JAZ)

Please contact the Rabbi directly for details.


Talks and discussion

Occasional discussion series, sometimes with guest speakers, are run on Sundays, or weekday evenings. Learn more about our recent Voices from the Dust event here.

Foundation Lecture

Every year a distinguished guest speaker is invited to lecture on a topic of Jewish interest at our annual Foundation Lecture.

In 2014 the lecturer was writer, academic and broadcaster Jean Moorcroft Wilson, who spoke on ‘Sassoon and Rosenberg – Jewish First World War Poets’.

In 2016, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet spoke on ‘Leo Baeck: The Man and the College’.

Interview with Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet published in Haderech

In 2017, the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, we were delighted to feature distinguished Jewish scholar Professor Colin Shindler on the topic: Israel: Balfour and Beyond.

Interview with Professor Colin Shindler published in Haderech.