Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz: Partnership Minyanim – a Communal Rabbi’s Perspective

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Partnership Minyanim – a Communal Rabbi’s Perspective

Sunday 26th April 2015, 8pm
Maccabi Manchester

Rabbi Kanterovitz has been a Rabbi on two continents and in several major kehillot here in the UK, currently in Borehamwood the fastest growing and one of the largest Orthodox Kehillot in Europe. Recently a partnership service has emerged in his neighbourhood, what is his take on this new development?

About Rabbi Kanterovitz

Rabbi Kanterovitz is the Rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, one of the fastest growing and most vibrant Jewish communities in the UK. 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 Francis Nataf: Pesach and the Global Village

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Rabbi Francis Nataf
Pesach and the Global Village

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Sunday 29th March 2015, 8pm
Maccabi Manchester

What does it mean when we open up our doors to the poor on Seder night? What makes this century different from all other centuries? We will be looking at the Jewish ethic of Tzedekah, especially vis-a-vis non-Jews and whether we need to review the alignment between the theoretical ethic and its contemporary formulation. If we take the notion of the global village seriously, we must re-examine what it means for us to give Tzedekah today.

About Rabbi Francis Nataf
Rabbi Francis Nataf is a respected Jerusalem-based educator and thinker. He is the Former Educational Director, David Cardozo Academy and the author of the Redeeming Relevance series on the Torah, and of many articles. He is well known for his ability to find new ways of looking at tradition and text, and for his willingness to confront the community’s problems head on.

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Rabbi Nataf’s articles on The Times of Israel

Rabbi Nataf’s translation of the Pesach Haggadah on sefaria.org

Why and When Halacha Changes – Finding Our Way Back to a Halachic Dynamism in Mainstream Judaism. A discussion between Rabbi Francis Nataf and Rabbi Chaim Weiner (European Masorti Av Bet Din)
24/3/2015, London

Rabbi Belovski: A Night of Tensions – Seder Night and Authentic Redemption

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Rabbi Harvey Belovski

A Night of Tensions – Seder Night and Authentic Redemption

In memory of Sam Stern A”H
אהרן שמואל בן מנחם מענס

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Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8pm
Maccabi Manchester

Beneath the familiar text of the Haggadah and Pesach rituals lie a number of fascinating tensions which define the objectives of Seder night. In this presentation, Rabbi Belovski will highlight these tensions, explore their function and derive an innovative approach to Seder night, Pesach and Judaism itself.

About Rabbi Belovski
A British community rabbi, educator and organisational consultant.
Rabbi of fast-growing Golders Green Synagogue and principal of its associated school, Rimon Jewish Primary School.

Rav and rabbinic consultant for Chaplaincy, head of modern rabbinic thought at LSJS, rav of Kisharon, rosh of The Midrasha for Women, rabbi of PaL, relationship counsellor, mediator, lecturer, writer and advisor to rabbis.

Rabbi Belovski’s Website: A View with a Room
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Rabbi Michael Laitner: Judge, Snake and a Redeemer – The Impact of Shevet Dan on Tanach

Rabbi Michael Laitner

Rabbi Michael Laitner
Judge, Snake and a Redeemer – The Impact of Shevet Dan on Tanach

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Sunday 8th March 2015
Manchester Maccabi

At the end of Sefer Bereishit, Yaakov Avinu delivered his final testament to his children who would form the basis of the Sh’vatim. This testament set out the role of each Shevet and their impact on Tanach and Jewish history, also giving us a thematic way to approach our study of each Shevet. In this shiur, we will focus on Shevet Dan and the stories which involve it with the aim of deepening our understanding of Tanach and its impact on Jewish history.

About Rabbi Michael Laitner
Rabbi Michael Laitner is the Director of Education for the United Synagogue. He is also an assistant rabbi at Finchley Synagogue in north-west London, a member community of the United Synagogue, where he served as an assistant to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. He is a qualified solicitor, with a focus on planning law, and lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Laitner studied for the rabbinate in Israel, where he also guided touring groups. He has a BA in International History and Politics from Leeds University and a LLB from Kings College London. Rabbi Laitner’s work for the United Synagogue focuses primarily on publications, internet resources and educational planning work with United Synagogue communities.

Rabbi David Stav: “Who Said That You Are Jewish?”


Rabbi David Stav
“Who Said That You Are Jewish?”

Thursday 26th February 2015
Maccabi Manchester

About Rabbi Stav
Rabbi David Stav, a graduate of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, is the rabbi of the town of Shoham. Rav Stav is a co-founder and the chairman of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization. In 1998, Rabbi Stav co-founded the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva with Rabbis Cherlow and Piron. Rabbi Stav teaches in Metivta, a women’s seminary in Bar Ilan University. He is the spokesman for Rashei Yeshivot Hesder across Israel.


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Announcing: Shemot with Shema


Following a recent successful trial, Shema is proud to announce a new, weekly interactive Parsha Shiur for Sefer Shemot: ‘Shemot with Shema’.

The shiurim will take place each week in a home in the Broughton Park/Prestwich area.
Our speakers will lead the sessions online via video-conferencing.

Our speakers are:

Rav Moshe Taragin
Yeshivat Har Etzion, YUTorah

Rabbi Joe Wolfson
Yeshiva Har Etzion, Cambridge University, LSJS Lecturer

Maureen Kendler
Teaching Fellow, London School of Jewish Studies, Experienced and Popular Educator

January 7th – March 11th 2015
Wednesday evenings, 8.30pm.

There is limited availability for each shiur, and tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance.
Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
£5 per shiur.
Book for as few or as many shiurim as you like. Shiurim can be booked individually, but there is also the option to book the entire programme in advance, which will ensure you don’t miss out, avoid you having to book and pay each week, and save you 10%.

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Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum: The Light & Enlightenment of Chanukah

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Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum
Dean of London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS)
The Light & Enlightenment of Chanukah: Understanding the Significance of Olive Oil in Greek & Jewish Culture

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Our Sages were fascinated by Greek thought and although they critiqued it, they did value a number of its achievements. How does our modern celebration of Chanukah reveal the tensions between these two great civilisations? How does Fire from Mt. Olympus contrast with Torah from Mt. Sinai? We will study the sources to discover lessons for orthodoxy in the modern age.

Sunday 14th December 2014
Manchester Maccabi

About Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum is Dean of London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS). He received semicha from Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Dayan Saadia Amor after studying at the Kollel of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. He holds an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics and is a graduate of Jerusalem’s prestigious Mandel Leadership School. Rabbi. Dr Zarum is a leading Jewish educator in the UK and teaches at conferences and seminars, synagogues and Jewish community centres across the globe. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in UK Jewry. London School of Jewish Studies is a world-class centre of Jewish scholarship, teaching and training that inspires our community with a lifelong love of Jewish learning and practice.

Rav Johnny Solomon – Maintaining Our Religious Identity in a Secular Society


Rav Johnny Solomon
Innovative Torah Educator, Machon Ma’ayan & Midreshet Torat Chesed
Maintaining Our Religious Identity in a Secular Society

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One of the most important questions facing Jews today is how we can maintain our religious identity in a secular society. However, this is not a modern question. When Yaakov left his parents’ home he realised that he lacked the necessary tools to maintain his religious identity while living in an alien environment. Given this, we are taught that Yaakov went to study with Ever, the great-grandson of Noach, who educated Yaakov about how to maintain his religious identity while living in the house of Lavan. In this class we will learn about this unique period in Yaakov’s life and consider what we can learn from this episode about how to maintain our religious identity in the modern world.

Sunday 30th November 2014

About Rav Johnny Solomon

Rav Johnny Solomon is a passionate Torah learner, a reflective Torah thinker and an energetic Torah teacher. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, has a BSc (Hons) in Math and Religious Studies and is a qualified teacher. Additionally, Johnny has received numerous accolades. He was a major scholar at the Montefiore Kollel in London and is both a Lookstein Fellow and an Ashdown Fellow.

Until making Aliyah in 2012, Johnny lived and taught in London. He held numerous senior positions in Jewish educational institutions including Head of Judaic Studies at Immanuel College , Assistant Head at Naima Jewish Preparatory School, Team Leader at the Jewish Curriculum Partnership, and Head of Judaic Studies at Hasmonean Girls’ School. Johnny is also a highly regarded adult educator and was an adjunct faculty member of the London School of Jewish Studies and the principal Maggid Shiur of the acclaimed Monday Night Shiur of Edgware.

‘Rav Johnny’ currently teaches at Machon Ma’ayan and at Midreshet Torat Chesed and is a Jewish education consultant to numerous institutions in the UK, Israel, South Africa and Australia.

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Elhanan Miller – “Looking at the other: Judaism and Islam”

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Sunday 9th November 2014

Elhanan Miller
Arab Affairs Reporter, The Times of Israel
“Looking at the Other: Judaism and Islam”

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Islam, as the latest of the three monotheistic religions, has much more to say about Jews and Judaism than Judaism does about Islam. Yet each religion carries significant baggage about the other. In this session we will explore little known traditions about the death of the prophet Muhammad and discover what the great Jewish sage Moses Maimonides had to say about Islam. I will also try to tie the theoretical issues to current events in our region.

About Elhanan Miller
Elhanan Miller is the Arab Affairs reporter at The Times of Israel, a Jerusalem-based Israeli news website. Born and bred in Jerusalem, Elhanan is fluent in Arabic and prior to joining the Times of Israel in 2012, Elhanan covered Arab news for The Media Line news agency. He holds a Masters degree in Middle East history and Islamic Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing a thesis that compares issues of religion and state in Egypt and Israel. As a student, Elhanan was active in the Hebrew University debating society, taking part in national and international competitions. He also participated in inter-religious dialogue groups with Palestinians in Jerusalem. In 2008 Elhanan was an assistant to Member of Knesset Colette Avital as a Legacy Heritage fellow.

Elhanan has worked as an independent translator in English, Hebrew and Arabic and has taught Jewish studies in Paris as a Jewish Agency volunteer. He is a volunteer contributing writer and editor for Can Think, an Israeli website focusing on Israel and the Middle East and maintains an active Hebrew blog, Hayey Adam, where he provides personal insights on current affairs in Israel and the Arab world.

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