Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum – Secrets of the Pesach Seder from the Cairo Genizah

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Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum
Secrets of the Pesach Seder from the Cairo Genizah

Delve into the fascinating history behind some of the earliest manuscripts of the Pesach Haggadah in existence.
Within the legendary treasure trove of documents discovered in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo are copies of early forms of the Haggadah – including some hidden surprises. Revealing the meaning behind these texts, which we will analyse together in their original format, will help inspire and inform your Seder this year.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 7pm
Stenecourt Synagogue

About Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum
Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum was born in London and has been Rabbi of the Hadley Wood Jewish Community since 2010. He is an alumnus of the world-renowned Ponovezh Yeshiva in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He holds a law degree from the Open University, and an MA (with distinction) in Jewish Studies from University College, London, where he is currently studying for a PhD on the interface between inclusivism and Orthodox Judaism. He is a regular contributor to local and national media, sits on the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue and is a member of the Associate Faculty of the London School of Jewish Studies.

In Association with Stenecourt
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Rabbi Natan Slifkin – Rationalism vs. Mysticism: One People, Two Religions?

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Rabbi Natan Slifkin
Rationalism vs. Mysticism: One People, Two Religions?

How big is a kezayis? Can (and should) evolution be reconciled with Judaism? What is the function of a mezuzah? There are many controversies in Torah thought which relate to the difference between rationalism and mysticism.

Sunday 26th March 2017, 8pm
Maccabi Manchester

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About Rabbi Natan Slifkin
Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin is the founder and director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh and the author of numerous books on the relationship between Torah and the natural sciences. He is also the author of the popular Rationalist Judaism site. Originally from Manchester, this is his first time back since leaving 24 years ago.

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Rabbi Alex Israel – Queen Esther, a Jewish Heroine?

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Rabbi Alex Israel
Queen Esther, a Jewish Heroine?

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8pm

If Esther is a ‘Jewish’ heroine, then why does she have a Persian name? Why is she not up-front about her Judaism? Why is she unwilling to go to the king? Why does she fail to acknowledge God? We shall discuss Esther’s persona and compare her to other Biblical personalities in order to properly appreciate her heroic stand and her Jewish role.

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About Rabbi Alex Israel
Rabbi Alex Israel teaches Tanakh at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Matan, and is Director of Community Education at the Pardes Institute. Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Israel holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University. His first book “I Kings – Torn in Two” was published in 2013. See his shiurim and his weekly “Parsha Discussion” at www.alexisrael.org. Rabbi Israel has lectured widely at campuses and communities on three continents.

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Lauren Levin – The Role of a Yoetzet Halacha and the 10 Greatest Myths of the Mikva

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Lauren Levin
The Role of a Yoetzet Halacha and the 10 Greatest Myths of the Mikva

Please Note This Event Is For Ladies Only

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8pm
Bnei Akiva Bayit

About Lauren Levin
Rebetzen Lauren Levin is the Dean of the The Judi Back Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in London (The Midrasha), a Yoetzet Halacha at Finchley United Synagogue (Kinloss) and serves together with her husband Eli on the Rabbinic team at South Hampstead Synagogue.

Lauren studied to become a Yoetzet Halacha at Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoetzet Halacha Program in Jerusalem. Her role is to advise women in the area of Taharat Hamishpacha and she has a special interest in the interface between women’s health and Halacha. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis appointed Lauren as the UK’s first Yoetzet Halacha at Finchley United Synagogue (Kinloss) in 2012.

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Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz – Why Aren’t the Books of the Maccabees in the Bible?

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Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz
Why Aren’t the Books of the Maccabees in the Bible?

Sunday 18th December 2016, 8pm
Bnei Akiva, Salford

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Why Aren’t the Books of the Maccabees in the Bible?
How do we know about the story of the Maccabees and the origins of Chanukah? It turns out that there are no less than four books linked to this important episode in our history. So why aren’t any of them part of the Bible?

About Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz
Lindsey studied archaeology at Cambridge and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has recently completed PhD at UCL, on the religious lives of Orthodox Jewish women. She has taught and developed courses at LSJS since 2004, and teaches regularly in the community, as well as occasionally lecturing at Cambridge University and King’s College London. She edits books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization and has written articles and book reviews for the Jewish Chronicle. Lindsey is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield Women Educators’ Programme.

In association with London School of Jewish Studies
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Shema Elul Programme – Rabbi Benjy Rickman

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Rav Soloveitchik’s Al HaTeshuva (3-part series)

Wednesday 28th September 2016
Wednesday 5th October 2016
Sunday 9th October 2016

9.15pm
Stenecourt Synagogue
Holden Road
Salford M7 4LN
Followed by Maariv and Selichot at 10.30pm.
Suggested Donation £5 per session.

Dedicated in the memory of Rabbi Rickman’s father, R’Moshe ben Beryl z’l

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About Rabbi Benjy Rickman
Rabbi Rickman is an experienced educator and religious broadcaster. As Head of Religious Studies at King David High School in Manchester, he has been successful at transforming the running of his department and is responsible for the delivery of Religious Studies. Rabbi Rickman launched an interfaith portfolio opening lines of communication between Abrahamic faith schools. The media has covered a number of his projects on both local and national news outlets on TV and radio. He was praised by OFTSED School inspectors for his lead role on incorporating the teaching of British Values within a religious framework. Rabbi Rickman has delivered shiurim in shuls across North and South Manchester.

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Shema Elul Programme – Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum

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Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum

Sunday 25th September 2016
Aish Centre
Prestwich Hebrew Congregation (Shrubberies)

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From Theresienstadt to Jerusalem: Discovering the True Story of the High Holy Days
Behind the beautiful liturgy of the High Holy Days lies a remarkable hidden story about Judaism. There is one overarching theme, hidden just beneath the surface, which strikes right at the heart of the mind-set these days are designed to help us develop. Using an array of historical, textual and modern sources, this revolutionary presentation will enable you to enter Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with a completely new perspective on the prayers and central motifs of these special days.

About Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum
Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum was born in London and has been Rabbi of the Hadley Wood Jewish Community since 2010. He is an alumnus of the world-renowned Ponovezh Yeshiva in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He holds a law degree from the Open University, and an MA (with distinction) in Jewish Studies from University College, London, where he is currently studying for a PhD on the interface between inclusivism and Orthodox Judaism. He is a regular contributor to local and national media, sits on the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue and is a member of the Associate Faculty of the London School of Jewish Studies.

Recent articles by Rabbi Birnbaum:

The Success of the Great British Bake Off
Importance of being inclusive
We must challenge the stigma of loneliness
Time to commit to the shul club

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Shema Elul Programme – Rabbi Andrew Shaw

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Thursday 15th September 2016

1.00pm-1.50pm
The Mystery of The Captive Woman
Lunch & Learn

Lopian Gross Barnett
6th Floor, Cardinal House
20 St Mary’s Parsonage
Manchester M3 2LG
Sponsored by Lopian Gross Barnett.

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7.45pm – 8.45pm
Yamim Noraim – Fatal Attraction

Stenecourt Synagogue
Holden Road
Salford M7 4LN

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About Rabbi Andrew Shaw
Rabbi Andrew Shaw is the CEO of Mizrachi UK, recently appointed to be an inspirational and innovative personality to develop the UK arm of the worldwide religious Zionist movement. Rabbi Shaw was the founder of Tribe, the US’s Youth Division, and creator of the 60 Days and 70 Days Holocaust memorial projects which have had a worldwide impact on hundreds of thousands of people. He spent 15 years as Community Development Rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue and was also a leading figure in the United Synagogue’s central organisation for more than a decade, including the Director of their Living & Learning department.

In association with Mizrachi UK, Lopian Gross Barnett & Stenecourt

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