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 are at Menorah and via Zoom on Wednesdays 20:30 – 21:45

Autumn (Stav) term 2021

1 September – Introduction to the Access course and a guide to Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot (Double session from 19:30-21:30)
22 September – Introduction to Torah and Simchat Torah
29 September – The Jewish bookshelf
6 October – An introduction to Reform Judaism
13 October – The Synagogue: a place of prayer, study and meeting
20 October – The Jewish year: travels in time
3 November – Shabbat
10 November – Chanukah
17 November – Tefillah and siddur: an exploration of Jewish prayer (I)
24 November – Tefillah and siddur: an exploration of Jewish prayer (II)
1 December – Chanukah celebration together TBC
8 December – The Jewish home and kashrut


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.