JTalk: History of Beit Emanuel. Please bring along your memories

Following the service on Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at 11.15 am.

9th August

: Please bring your memories to Jtalk this week which JTalk will be devoted to discussions about the history of Beit Emanuel and its place in the progressive movement, as part of the build-up to the 60th anniversary celebrations in November. The discussion will be led by Dr. Irwin Manoim, one of our Guardians, who has been researching the history. But the real point of the session will be to encourage all those who have had long associations with Beit Emanuel to come along and share their memories.


Did you have your bar/batmitzvah here many years ago with Benny or Dan Stalson?


Do you have memories of the old synagogue that preceded the present one?


Do you have fond (or not so fond) memories of rabbis or lay leaders?


Were you involved in the sisterhood, management, or other important aspects of life at Beit Emanuel?

Please come along and share your memories! If you have old photograph albums, bring those too, and we will scan the photos on the spot and return them.

Those who have joined only recently are also welcome, both to listen to what we hope will be an interesting session, and to ask good questions!


This Saturday at 11.45 am in the Youth Lounge (due to a Batmitzvah). May go on for a couple of hours, but you are welcome to stay only as long as you wish.

16th August: Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked

speaking on the life and teachings of Rabbi Zalman Shechter, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.


We have identified a need to hold a discussion group to work through and refine our ideas about progressive Judaism. There are many documents which have been produced both locally and abroad which can enhance our understanding of developments within progressive Judaism.

We began with the CCAR platforms and will introduce other topics such as Kashrut, music, attitudes to ritual, attitudes to Israel, Tikkun Olam, charity etc…. Many of these issues are dealt with in these platforms but require other inputs and discussion.

The format is different to JTALK in that it is a participative session, chevurah style, in which everyone is encouraged, but not forced, to voice their opinions.


– It will be on the last Saturday of the month

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