FRS High Holy Days Study Programme

FRS HIGH HOLY DAYS STUDY PROGRAMME
“From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonies are my meditation.” (Psalms 119:99)

This High Holy Days FRS brings you a taste of Limmud.  FRS members and guest teachers will add their incredible insights into the High Holy Day period.  These are big names within the world of Jewish learning and we are excited that they are adding a whole other dimension to our New Year at FRS.

Please contact the synagogue office for venues to let us know you are coming, and for details of venues. Email synmanager@frsonline.org or call 020 8446 3244

ANGELA GLUCK: Wednesday 2 September, 8pm (at FRS)
TESHUVAH: THE SEASON OF RETURNING—AND ARRIVING?

At this time of the year, we aim to return to our true self, the self we hope to be. As we do, we’re aware of huge waves of migration, the vast numbers of people exiled and seeking safety—resonating with our Jewish story. How does the refugee experience throw light on our spiritual and moral journey during the High Holy Days?
Angela Gluck is an educational consultant and teacher-trainer who devotes part of her work to teaching children, young people and adults across the Jewish community. She is the author of over 40 books on aspects of religion and history, and broadcasts on these subjects. She is an active trustee of The Separated Child Foundation, which supports lone child refugees in the UK.

MAUREEN KENDLER: Sunday 6 September, 10am (breakfast at the home of a member)
YOM KIPPUR PORK BALLS:
HOW BRITISH JEWS REBELLED AGAINST YOM KIPPUR AND STARTED A REVOLUTION

In the 1880s, a group of Jews in London decided to rebel against Yom Kippur, the only way they knew how: they organised a dance with pork on the menu on Kol Nidre night…
Maureen Kendler is Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, Education Director at Tzedek and veteran Limmudnik.

RINA WOLFSON: Wednesday 9 September, 8pm (at FRS)
THE ARTIST. HIS LOVER. HER MOTHER. AND A MASTERPIECE.

In 1878 the Polish Jewish artist Maurycy Gottlieb painted “Jews praying in the synagogue on Yom Kippur”. It became an iconic image of East European Jewry in the 19th and early 20th Century. But hidden within the painting, is a tragic story of unrequited love, family pressure, communal rejection and, ultimately, betrayal. Within a year of the painting’s completion, the artist was dead, aged just 23. In this session we will unpick the story behind this remarkable but tragic painting and trace what happened to its central characters.
FRS Member Rina Wolfson studied Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge University and has a Masters in Medieval Hebrew Literature. She has worked in informal Jewish Education for many years and lectures on a range of topics. 

RABBI DR RAPHAEL ZARUM: Wednesday 16 September, 8pm (at the home of a member)
THE FAST OF GEDALYA

The fast of Gedalya runs from dawn until nightfall on 16 September (3 Tishrei). Who was Gedalya, and how does the fast help us with Teshuvah?
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum is dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS). Rabbinic ordination from the Montefiore Kollel, PhD in Physics from King’s College London and MA in Education from the Institute of Education. Graduate of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows programme.

 

JACKIE KING-CLINE: Thursday  17 September, 8pm (at the home of the King-Clines)
EXPLORING THE HIGH HOLY DAYS IN COLOUR

Join Jackie King-Cline in her home to explore with paper and paints the thoughts and feelings evoked by the High Holy Days.  This evening is not about ‘knowing how to draw’ this is about ‘playing’ and everybody can do that!
FRS Member Jackie King-Cline is a painter, sculptor, works with stained glass. She is a designer and a teacher.

 

RABBI HOWARD COOPER: Monday 21 September, 8pm (at FRS)
‘TO BEGIN WITH ONESELF, BUT NOT TO END WITH ONESELF…’ (MARTIN BUBER)

Where are we in the Days of Awe? An evening of reflection, discussion and study. Rabbi Howard Cooper is the Director of Spiritual Development at FRS.

 Please contact the synagogue office to let us know you are coming, and for details of venues. Email synmanager@frsonline.org or call 020 8446 3244

Yom Kippur Mincha (afternoon) opportunities

“It is totally apparent when I meet the community that people connect with their Judaism in all sorts of ways.  For lots it is social or cultural, for others they appreciate the time and space that services or prayer allows them to ponder life, for many at FRS they love the music and the chance to get lost in another world. Throughout the High Holy Days we hope there will be a chance for all of these but  on Yom Kippur afternoon we have a choice of 3 sessions for those that want to take a break from services and a chance to engage with the themes of Yom Kippur in wholly different ways.” 

Rabbi Miriam Berger

Stay and pray – the main service continues right through the day, be part of the whole journey

Nia with Judith Silver – an opportunity to use gentle movement to explore some of the themes of the day, with patterns and ideas adapted from the practice of Nia. This can be done seated.

Join Rabbi Howard Cooper to reflect and find At-One-ment

An opportunity to bring your child’s or teenager’s big questions to Rabbi Miriam Berger. A chance for the whole family to come together this Yom Kippur to ponder the meaning of life, religion, God or anything that perplexes us all.