Adult Study

We offer a variety of opportunities for adults to deepen their skills, knowledge and understanding of Judaism and Jewish life. We passionately believe that regular learning as an adult can be an enriching part of Jewish life, and is as important to adults as is religion school for children. 

Our aim is to make learning an interesting, stimulating, sociable and life long experience. The environment is welcoming, the teachers are all passionate about their subjects,and the possibilities to learn are endless. 

According to the Talmud:"A person should always learn that part of the Torah which is their heart’s desire… A person should always learn Torah in a place that their heart desires." (Babylonian Talmud, Avodah Zarah 19a) 

We also offer learning opportunities to deepen our prayer experience, to give skills to emerging leaders, and to sensitise ourselves to the need for social action and social justice work. Whether it be visiting the sick or helping to run the Drop-In Centre, the Jewish ethics that underpin that work are an essential part of our Adult Education programme. 

The Talmud records a statement made by R. Chanina: “I have learned much from my teachers. More from my colleagues. But most of all — from my students.” (Babylonian Talmud, Ta’anit 7a) 

So - come and join one of our many programmes. Speak to the Head of Education, Gil Reshef, if you would like us to introduce a new subject. We look forward to your joining us in life-long learning. 

  • Parents Learning Project – School for Parents

Sessions for parents during Sunday mornings on different topics such as: Shabbat, Parenthood & Internet Safety, or Ask the Rabbi - for the really hard questions you have always wanted to ask. 

  • MiliM

MiliMWLS Education & the Lyons Learning Project are proud to present our new Adult Modern Hebrew School - MiliM, in association with the West London Synagogue ERETZ Programme.  

Intensive Online Summer Ulpan Dates: 

June: 16, 23, 30 (Tuesdays) 
July: 7, 14, 21 (Tuesdays), 28, 29, 30 (Tuesday-Thursday)
August: 4, 5, 6 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Prices: Full price £240 | Price for former MiliM students and WLS members £220

To sign up, or for any questions, contact Gil Reshef, Head of Education.

  • Parashat Hashavua – Portion of the Week

The portion of the week means so much more if you have studied it before. Join Rabbi Helen Freeman in the Stourcliffe Mezzanine, Mondays at 12.30pm, and bring along a light non-meat lunch. Look forward to seeing you there.

  • Learn to Lein

Have you ever wanted to chant from the Torah? It’s never too late to learn to lein. Mastering the age-old Jewish art of reading the musical cantillation marks will give you new insight into the pace, tone and rhythm of the Torah. It will also help you with Hebrew reading and understanding. This easy-going and enjoyable course is open to all, irrespective of musical ability. 

  • Introducing Opportunities for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Scriptural Reasoning is a dynamic and evolving practice in which people of different religious commitments, usually Jews, Christians and Muslims, meet together to read and debate their sacred texts. Scriptural Reasoning allows for inter-faith conversations which are deep and focused, lively and friendly. Participants can tackle difficult issues through the lens of the text - the goal is not agreement, but rather growth in understanding one another’s traditions, and deeper exploration of the texts and their possible interpretations. 
 
The evening will consist of a panel presentation to introduce the texts, followed by discussion time in smaller groups and a coffee reception. 

  • Wider Interfaith learning opportunities: 

For more information about up coming events, please email Nic Schlagman 
 
What is interfaith? Interfaith is a way to build bridges of understanding and knowledge between those of different cultural and religious backgrounds, in order to break down prejudices and misunderstandings, working together to create an accepting and inclusive society. 
 
Why get involved?  

  • To meet new and interesting people. 
  • To get to know one’s own faith on a deeper level through engagement with those of different faiths. 
  • To challenge and explore our own preconceived notions of other traditions, particularly in areas of potential conflict. 
  • To develop a local interfaith community. 
  • To come together with other faiths to raise awareness of issues we care about, taking action to balance inequalities and discrimination.