Seminars

Upcoming Events: -

Thursday, May 6th and 13th, 2021: -

How To Lead A Shiva Minyan - Online Course

Thursday, May 6th and 13th, 2021, at 7:00 to 8:30pm UK time (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £25

For those familiar with the nusach for ma’ariv l’chol, over two evenings, this course will explore who should lead the Shiva, discuss the general halacha surrounding the mourning process, and introduce the liturgical additions to the service including the memorial prayer and tehilim.

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Teacher Biography: -

Simon Gordon graduated from EAJL's Baal Tefillah Diploma programme in 2019. He is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti in Edgware, where he chairs the Tefillah Pelach (Services Committee). Professionally, he is a UK civil servant at the Home Office.

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EAJL online courses are accessible for all, and to that end if you need financial help to attend one of our courses then we offer subsidies at varying levels depending on your needs. Please get in touch with us here to apply for a subsidy.

 

Previous Events: -

Counting the Omer - Online Course

One off session on March 21st 2021 at 7:30pm UK time for 2 hours (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: This is a FREE course, but please consider making a donation to EAJL

To book click here.

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Kaddish Throughout the Jewish Year with Chazan Jaclyn Chernett

One off session on March 7th 2021 at 7:30pm UK time for 2 hours (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £18 (with the oppurtunity to subsidize another student); Concessions £10

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Teacher Biography: -

Jaclyn Chernett was granted S’micha in 2006 from AJR, (a pluralist rabbinical/cantorial seminary in New York) and is the founder of EAJL. She was influential in establishing two Masorti Synagogues and the Masorti Movement in the UK of which she is a Vice-President.

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Learn to Chant Megillat Esther - Online Course

Six Week Online Learning, Starts January 14th 2021 to February 18th 2021

Sephardi 7:00 - 8:00pm, and Ashkenazi 8:30 - 9:30pm UK time (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £40 (with the opportunity to subsidize another student)

Join EAJL for a six week “how to” course in the run-up to Purim. Choose your trop system (Moroccan Sephardi or Ashkenazi) and come and learn how to leyn the Megillah with Chazzan Bex Blumenfeld and Osnat Bensoussan.

Megillat Esther is a complex story with lots of opportunities for character embellishments and different voices. Treat yourself to the opportunity to learn how to deliver this text in an engaging way while preserving the ancient melodies of this book.

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Biographies of the Teachers: -

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader and Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with Cantorial Ordination (S'micha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies. She moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Osnat Bensoussan was born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan origin and is a mother of three. Active in Degel Yehuda since 2013 as a member of the committee and Hazanit, she is also co-founder of Arevot - a sephardic feminist Beit Midrash.

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Ma’ariv/Arvit l’Chol Weekday Evening Services Online Course

Weekly Online Learning, Starts October 15th 2020 to December 17th 2020 at 19:00 (UK Time)

Course Cost: £40

Ma'ariv/Arvit L'chol, although one of the shortest services in the liturgical canon, is nevertheless musically sweet and a joy to daven. Please join EAJL Online to learn more about this often-overlooked service. One track will be teaching the Eastern Ashkenazi nusach tradition for this service and the other will be focusing on Western Sephardi nusach tradition. You can attend either or both tracks.

We will daven a short Ma'ariv/Arvit as part of our weekly session in order to further familiarise ourselves with the texts and the music.

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Syllabus: -

  • Oct 15th 2020: Introduction to Ma’ariv/Arvit L’chol with both teachers
  • Oct 22nd 2020: Class 1 (Ashkenazi) - V’hu Rachum, Bar’chu, Sh’ma Uvirchoteha, Ahava Raba
  • Oct 29th 2020: Class 1 (Sephardi) - Introductory Passages, Bar’chu, Sh’ma and its blessings
  • Nov 5th 2020: Class 2 (Ashkenazi) - Sh’ma Uvirchoteha, Hashkiveinu, Baruch Hashem L’olam
  • Nov 12th 2020: Class 2 (Sephardi) - Sh’ma, Ve’emuna Kol Zot, Hashkiveinu, Amida
  • Nov 19th 2020: Class 3 (Ashkenazi - Chatzi Kaddish, Amida, Kaddish Shaleim, Aleinu
  • Nov 26th 2020: Class 3 (Sephardi) - Kaddish L’ela, Kaddish Titkabal, Kaddish Y’he Sh’lama
  • Dec 3rd 2020: Class 4 (Ashkenazi) - Concluding Psalms, Ma’ariv Motz’ei Shabbat, Special Occasions
  • Dec 10th 2020: Class 4 (Sephardi) - First night Chanuka, Closing Psalms, Bar’chu and Aleinu
  • Dec 17th 2020: Concluding Session, last night Chanuka candle lighting with both teachers

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader and Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with Cantorial Ordination (S'micha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies. She moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Moriah Ferrús has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hebrew Philology and is a PhD Candidate in History of Art and Musicology with the research project "The Liturgical and Musical Legacy of the Scuola (Synagogue) Catalana of Rome 1532-1908". She is the Founder and President of the Nova Escola Catalana, Association for the Preservation of Catalan Jewish Legacy.

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The Music of Praise: T'hillim - in Ashkenazi and Sefardi Traditions

Online Learning, July 19th, 2020, between 1pm and 6pm

Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel the EAJL residential retreat, and instead we are bringing the retreat into your homes for free!

The EAJL Online Learning Day will give everyone the opportunity to get to know EAJL, to be inspired by learning together and to meet some of our teachers.

For those who can afford it we would welcome donations to help cover the costs of our teachers and to make online learning possible.

Agenda: -

Time

Sefardi Track

Ashkenazi Track

1:00 - 1:30pm

Welcome from Chazan Jacky and Chazan Jalda Rebling

We will then split into 2 tracks, a Sefardi track and an Ashkenazi track. Participants are welcome to choose sessions from the different tracks, there is time allowed to switch the zoom account to move tracks.

1:30 - 2:15pm

Hallelujah!

  with Isaac Treuherz

In preparation for Rosh Hodesh this week, learn the Western Sephardi chant for Hallel. It'll mainly be a practical singing session, but with a focus on developing skills as well as learning the melody, and with some snippets about the poetry along the way!

T’fillah and Teaching Nusach on Zoom b'Covid-Rosh

  with Saralee Shrell–Fox

How Kehillot in Israel are succeeding to hold on to community and how to effectively teach Nusach to groups of students on screen.

2:30 - 3:15pm

"A chantar m'er - I must sing"

  with Moriah Ferrus

Learn Provençal troubadour songs as a basis for the recitation of the tehilim.

Pesukay D'zimra - What Psalms are needed?

  with Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld

Join Chazan Bex for a discussion around the flexibility of psalms and how you might tailor something to suit your community's individual needs. Be prepared for some music too!

3:30 - 4:15pm

Let the Earth Rejoice

  with Osnat Bensoussan-Farouz

An introduction to Mizmorim (Psalms) of Kabalat Shabat, Moroccan Nusach.

Hallel v´zimra t´hillim become t´hillot

  with Chazan Jalda Rebling

The parallelism in the poetry of our t´hillim is an invitation to create a k´hilla k´dosha through call and response. Zoom makes it difficult to sing together but in our session, we will turn the challenge into a blessing.

4:30 - 5:15pm

Elijah Opened and Said...

  with Rabbi Zagoria-Moffet

Rabbi Adam will take us through Patah Eliyyahu, a text from Tikkunei haZohar which is often used as introduction to siddurim in the Sefaradi and Sefard tradition. What is this strange Kabbalistic catechism, what does it mean, and why should we care?

How to lead Kabbalat Shabbat

  with Simon Gordon

 

In many communities, it's one of the most popular Shabbat services - yet it didn't enter our liturgy until the 16th century. This session will provide a crash course in the traditional nusach of Kabbalat Shabbat, and touch on its historical and mystical origins.

5:30 – 6:00pm

Joint Final Session and Goodbye

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Osnat Bensoussan-Farouz was born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan origin and is a mother of three. Active in Degel Yehuda since 2013 as a member of the committee and Hazanit, she is also co-founder of Arevot - a sephardic feminist Beit Midrash.

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (a.k.a. Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazzan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader, and a Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with cantorial ordination (smicha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies and moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Moriah Ferrús has a Bachelor Degree in Hebrew Philology and PhD Candidate in History of Art and Musicology with the research project "The Liturgical and Musical Legacy of the Scuola (synagogue) Catalana of Rome 1532-1908". She is the Founder and President of the Nova Escola Catalana, Association for the Preservation of Catalan Jewish Legacy and Former Director of Education and Liturgy of Atid Jewish Community of Catalonia.

Simon Gordon graduated from EAJL's Baal Tefillah Diploma programme in 2018. He is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti, where he chairs the Tefillah Pelach (Services Committee). Professionally, he is a civil servant at the Home Office.

Chazan Jalda Rebling is an EAJL teacher, she got Semicha 2007 from ALEPH and for 40 years she has been a singer and specialist teacher for jewish music from early middle ages to modern times. She is also the founder and spiritual leader of Ohel Hachidusch Berlin. www.jalda-rebling.com

Saralee Shrell–Fox has an MA in Jewish Education from JTS and Ba’alat T’fillah Diploma from EAJL. She is a Sh'lichat Tzibur at Masorti shuls in Jerusalem and High Holidays at Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA. She also teaches Nusach/T’amei HaMikra at Machon Shechter, Midreshet Shechter Ukraine, Students on JTS, Hebrew College, Ziegler, and Frankel Rabbinic programs in Israel.

Isaac Treuherz is a folk musician and Jewish educator, who is passionate about bringing communities together through texts and song. He is a graduate of the Conservative Yeshiva and Drisha Kollel. Isaac grew up in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi community, Limmud and Noam Masorti Youth and last year co-edited Siddur Masorti, the world's first egalitarian Hebrew-English Sephardi siddur.

Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet is the rabbi of St. Albans Masorti Synagogue. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he also received an MA in Jewish Thought, studying the political philosophy of Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag (Ba'al haSulam). He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and has lived in Minnesota, New York, and Israel before moving to the UK. He co-edited the first Hebrew/English egalitarian Sepharadi siddur and runs the independent publisher Izzun Books. He often teaches about Sepharadi halakhah and culture as well as mysticism, mythology and ethics. He lives in St. Albans with his family.

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