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).
Recent events include: a film and food evening, a chavurah sharing of ethnic food and traditions from Sephardi members of the community, a panel discussion and a programme of learning centred lectures around the Shoah.
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, Lifelong Learning will present a series on Benjamin Franklin’s ‘The Art of Virtue’ which evolved into the Mussar Movement’s programme on self-improvement.
Talks and discussion
We recently began a new discussion series ‘Big Conversation’. The first discussion was on ‘Emet – Truth: How do we know when something is true?”
Every year a distinguished guest speaker is invited to lecture on a topic of Jewish interest at our annual Foundation Lecture.
In 2019 Rabbi Kath Vardi was the lecturer and the title was ‘Whose Hymen Is It Anyway?’:
A close reading of the Story of the Unnamed Daughter in Deuteronomy 22: 13-21, ‘Stoned in her father’s doorway.’
In 2016, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet spoke on ‘Leo Baeck: The Man and the College’.
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.