Monday 23 October, 1.00 pm

Our programme of talks and discussions will begin on Monday 16 October with a series of four sessions on 'Mamas &  Divas: Jewish Women in popular music" led by Rabbi James Baaden.  The second four sessions  in the programme will be a series of four discussions entitled "The Jewish Response to ......." led by Rabbi Judith Levitt. This programme of Monday Afternoon sessions is open to members and guests of Sha'arei Tsedek.

Autumn / Winter Programme details

When: Monday 16 October  –  Monday 11 December

Time: 1.00 pm

Where: Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue

Theme: The theme for our Summer Programme will be Jewish Culture.


23 October

Alma Cogan (1932-1966) also died young yet knew huge success in her brief

career, becoming the highest-paid British entertainer of her day, a true Diva of the 1950s and early 60s.  Like Mama Cass, she was actually born "Cohen".   But there the similarities end...

6 November

Barbra Streisand,  born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, is very much alive today, very much a star - and very much a New Yorker.  Though her success in the world of musicals is legendary, her achievements in film, in comedy, as a recording artist and stage performer, have been similarly stellar, breaking all records time and again.

13 November

Sophie Tucker (1887-1966) was another Mama - dubbed "the last of the red-hot Mamas".  Born in the Russian Empire in the late 19th century, she belonged to a much older generation than our other three Jewish women pop singers - and

became famous also for her Jewish repertoire, above "My Yiddishe Momme", a huge hit in the 1920s.

All of the above sessions will be led by Rabbi James Baaden

20 November

Jewish response to Friendships—Is it right to rebuke a friend 'for the sake of heaven'? What insights do traditional biblical and rabbinic tales of friendship have to say about friendships in our lifetimes? Does a friend need to be someone who inspires us to do better? Are friendships even necessary?

27 November

Jewish response to Gambling

Should Jewish people play the lottery? What do our traditional texts have to say about having a flutter on the horses? Should a synagogue have a casino evening? Is playing the dreidl the same as gambling? Did the ancient rabbis place bets?

4 December

Jewish response to Alcohol

Jewish people don't drink...or do we? On Purim we are commanded to get drunk. We bless Kiddush wine. Is there a culture of drinking in our community? How prevalent is alcoholism in the Jewish world? What do our sacred texts have to say about alcohol?

11 December

Jewish response to Cannabis

With several countries including a number of U.S. states legalising cannabis, what will happen in the UK? Is cannabis kosher? Can marijuana help with certain

ailments? Is it against Jewish law to take drugs? We will look at traditional and modern commentaries and responses and discuss whether cannabis has a role in our community.

All of the above sessions led by Rabbi Judith Levitt. Each session will be discussion based as we explore the texts related to the issue at hand.



Suggested donation of £5.00 per person per session. Pay in advance and get 7 sessions for the price of 6 - £30.00.

Programme is open to members and guests of Sha'arei Tsedek.


Rabbi Judith Levitt

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