ARK

Join us for Menorah’s varied ARK (Adults Requiring Knowledge) presentations and discussions on Sunday mornings from 11:00–12:15.
Bagels and coffee are available beforehand.  Non members are welcome.
A voluntary contribution of £1 per session is requested, payable on the day

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sep
23
ARK
Good flourishes when evil people do something... an aesthetic appreciation of the works of less than perfect human beings. Discussion led by Frank Vigon. 'One of the greatest murder mysteries in the history of art appears to have been solved with new evidence that Caravaggio, the Italian artist, killed a rival in a botched attempt to castrate him. For almost 400 years historians have asserted that Caravaggio, who painted a number of Renaissance masterpieces, murdered Ranuccio Tomassoni in 1606 in a row over a tennis match'.  Daily Telegraph 'This week Netflix released concrete proof that Kevin Spacey's character is dead in the next season of House Of Cards with the terminal image of Frank Underwood's gravestone. The streaming service was quick to distance itself from Spacey last November after the actor faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault and decided coming out as gay was a suitable apology'.  Esquire Frank Vigon will lead a discussion on the complicated issue of whether we can disassociate artistic creativity from deep personal flaws ranging from the immoral to the criminal. Equally he will explore where the dividing line can be drawn between artistic licence and the unacceptable. At a time when Wagner continues to be unwelcome on the airwaves in Israel, are we in danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water? Refreshments of tea/coffee & bagels available from 10.30 am.
Sep
30
ARK
Should we talk to terrorists? Discussion led by Bobby Garson. Refreshments of tea/coffee & bagels available from 10.30 am.
Oct
7
ARK
Graffiti Art. Talk by Helen Conway. Refreshments of tea/coffee & bagels available from 10.30 am.
Oct
21
From Menorah to Mathele Bana... building and running schools in Sierra Leone. Talk by Michael Colin Refreshments of tea/coffee & bagels available from 10.30 am.
Oct
28
ARK
Ed Horwich will speak about the Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN). Ed began developing the Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN) project 14 years ago. It has grown from just a tiny website, aimed at a few communities, to become a non-denominational national network which brings together and supports small communities across the British Isles… and in the process has taken over Ed's life. Ed wil describe how the many connections that JSCN makes can only be 'beshert'; how people know just a fraction of the extent of this part of our community; and how the development of the charity seems to have walked in the ways of Jewish teachings. JSCN provides practical support for resilience within small communities, promotes their inclusion in the considerations of our national Jewish organisations and highlights the fact that 1 in 5 Jews lives in or near a small Jewish community. In 2016 JSCN became a registered charity, so now the real work begins. It offers a bridge, for both individuals and organisations, to access small Jewish Communities around the UK. The JSCN platform also enables those communities to reach a wider audience. Refreshments of tea/coffee & bagels available from 10.30 am.

 

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