Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz – National Repentance: The Journey from Self to Nationhood

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz
National Repentance: The Journey from Self to Nationhood

Sunday 17th September, 8pm
Bnei Akiva Bayit

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About Rabbi Kanterovitz
Rabbi Kanterovitz is currently the Senior Rav of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, the largest and fastest growing Orthodox Kehillah in Europe. He is also the Chair of Vaad Harabonim of Mizrachi. Rabbi Chaim was born in Leeds and made Aliyah with his family in 1982. Rabbi Chaim was educated in Israel at various local schools and Yeshivot. He later moved to South Africa, where he matriculated from the Yeshivah College of Johannesburg. Rabbi Chaim also studied at several Yeshivot including Yeshivat Har Etzion, Gush Etzion (Israel), where he also completed his “Hesder” Army service. He holds several semichas, amongst them Ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Shlita and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He also holds a BA degree in psychology and international politics. He is currently completing a masters degree in Jewish Studies. Rabbi Chaim has served in various communities in both South Africa and England, including Kenton United Synagogue and most recently for 10 years at the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in South Manchester. Rabbi Chaim is an active Rabbi in every way, whether it is pastoral or communal responsibilities. His expertly presented shiurim and derashot draw on his exceptional knowledge and wisdom and his responses to controversial and complex questions are discussed and respected widely. Rabbi Chaim describes himself as a “Modern orthodox, Religious Zionist Rabbi”. He aims to lead “A Community committed to providing a meaningful Jewish experience to every Jew regardless of background within the framework of Halacha”.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau – Chizuk for Rosh Hashana

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Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Chizuk for Rosh Hashana

Monday 11th September, 8pm
King David High School Hall

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About Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau was the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv from 1985 until 1993, after which he was appointed Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a position he held until 2003, whereupon he once again assumed the position of Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi until the end of May 2017.
Rabbi Lau, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, immigrated to Israel with his brother Naphtali in July 1945 and was ordained a rabbi in 1971. He served as chief rabbi in Netanya (1978-1988), and earned a reputation as a popular orator. In 2000, he wrote a best-selling memoir about his experiences in the Holocaust entitled Do Not Raise Your Hand Against the Boy, which won the Israel Prize for life-work. The book has since been translated into English and published as Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last. Rabbi Lau currently serves as chairman of the Yad Vashem Council.

Rabbi Chanan Atlas – Both Ends of the Rope: Reflections on Mainstream Orthodoxy

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Rabbi Chanan Atlas
Both Ends of the Rope: Reflections on Mainstream Orthodoxy

Where might UK mainstream orthodoxy be headed? Have recent events challenged how modern orthodoxy is perceived and how it will develop? Is modern orthodoxy a compromise or an ideal towards which to aspire?
These questions and more will be discussed.

Wednesday 9th August 2017 8.15pm
Bnei Akiva Bayit

About Rabbi Chanan Atlas
Rabbi Chanan Atlas spent many years of Torah study at the Har Etzyon Yeshiva combined with academic studies of Mathematics, Economics and Philosophy at the OUI. He served in a combat unit in the IDF and is a reserve Army Commander. Rabbi Atlas sat on the National Board of Jewish Education in South Africa; he headed a Jewish Leadership programme at IDC Herzliya and taught at the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem. He has also worked at Rabbi Riskin’s Straus-Amiel Institute, training young Rabbis for the Diaspora. Former Rabbi of Port Elizabeth Hebrew Congregation in South Africa and Birmingham Central Synagogue in the United Kingdom, Rabbi Chanan Atlas is currently serving as the Rabbi of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in Cheadle, Gatley where he lives with his wife Nechama and their five children.

Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll – The Slide Towards Extremism


Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll
The Slide Towards Extremism

Wednesday 19th July 2017 8.15pm
Bnei Akiva Bayit

What do agunot, hypermodesty, breast cancer morbidity and turf wars have to do with each other? Everything. Join renowned writer and activist Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll for a fascinating analysis of extremist trends in contemporary Judaism and what you can do about it.

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About Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll
Raised in Lakewood, NJ (before it was Brooklyn), Shoshanna now lives in Israel with her family. She raises awareness of issues that plague the Jewish and world community. Topics she takes on include child sex abuse, women in Judaism, Israel-Arab conflict, and general human stupidity. She is a founding member of Chochmat Nashim, an organisation dedicated to positive change in the Jewish community. Professionally, as co founder of REACH3K, she brands and writes for some of Israel’s best nonprofits & businesses.
Shoshanna also writes for The Jewish Chronicle, The Jerusalem Post , and blogs for the Times of Israel, The 5%ClubReach3K and at her own site.

Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal – Minhagim and Segulot. Why We Do the Things We Do

Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal

Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal
Minhagim and Segulot. Why We Do the Things We Do.

Halacha, Minhag or Superstition?

Sunday 16th July 2017 8.15pm
Stenecourt Synagogue

From red strings to red herring in (dairy) cream to key challot, the shiur will take a look at the basis for many of our common (and not as common) behaviors from Chazal, Rishonim and Kabbalistic sources.

About Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal
Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal is the Executive Director of Lema’an Achai, a unique Israeli social service charity that employs the Smart Chesed approach to crisis. Rabbi Leventhal is a renowned educator and speaker who has been involved in communal issues and politics in Israel. Upon making Aliyah in 2005, Rabbi Leventhal and his family settled in Bet Shemesh.

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Yael Unterman – Rabbi Akiva and Rachel: Two Models of Relationship


Yael Unterman
Rabbi Akiva and Rachel: Two Models of Relationship

Traditionally, Lag Ba’Omer is a celebration of the fact that Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying on this day. In this shiur, we’ll explore and unpack a talmudic tale, in two contradictory versions, that sheds a new light upon this shepherd-turned-sage, his incredible wife, and what they can teach us all about relationships. Along the way we’ll meet those students, and ponder why they were dying in the first place.

Sunday 14th May 2017, 8pm
Stenecourt Synagogue
Holden Road
M7 4LN

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About Yael Unterman
Yael Unterman is an international lecturer and creative educator, who has taught Torah in numerous forums and venues worldwide over the past 20 years. As well as essays, articles and reviews, she is the author of Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar, a 2009 National Jewish Book Awards finalist, and The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Long & Longing; and is also a performer and a life coach. Yael grew up in Manchester (Cheadle) and now lives in Jerusalem.

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