Access to Judaism

The Access to Judaism course forms part of the Adult Education Programme.  It is both a ‘refresher’ and a beginners’ guide to Judaism.

It offers an introduction to Jewish sources and texts, communal and home observance, the festivals, Jewish lifecycle events, contemporary Jewish communities, Jewish history and thought. It is an ideal environment to gain an insight into a Progressive Jewish approach to these areas. We can only give a taster of these subjects, but we do so in an open way, that encourages questioning. We offer access to the Menorah library and advice on further guided reading.

Classes at present are are online on Wednesday evenings 20:30 – 21:45

Summer (Kayitz) term 2020
22 April – Lifecycle I: from birth to bar/bat mitzvah
29 April – Lifecycle II: marriage and divorce
6 May – Lifecycle III: death and mourning
13 May – Shavuot and Torah: Reform perspectives
20 May – Conversion
3 June – Jewish ethics
10 June – Jewish identity and culture (double session tbc to start at 19:30)
17 June – World Jewry
24 June – Israel today
1 July – British Jewry
8 July – Reform Judaism today
15 July – The Menorah Community and Q & A.  End of year celebration
(double session tbc to start at 19:30)

Download a pdf of the summer timetable and suggested reading

Forthcoming dates are also listed in the calendar

If you are interested in joining the course for the first time please email to discuss the suitability of the course to your needs.