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FRINGES: A Cross-Denominational Learning Series

Past Sessions
Tuesday, 28 May, 2024 20 Iyar 5784 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 13 Iyar 5784 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, 14 May, 2024 6 Iyar 5784 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Westminster Synagogue invites you to our inaugural WCLS fund series, a cross-denominational learning series on clothing, boundaries, and edges.  

Tuesdays 14th, 21st & 28th May from 6:30-9:00pm
(Please note we are no longer offering a zoom option for the whole series)

A light dinner will be served from 6:30-7:30pm.  Join us for some learning over dinner with special guest educators including

  • "Tzitzit and people on the fringes of Jewish life" with Rabbi Lara Haft Yom-Tov (14 May)
  • "Is this Naomi?": Wanderings at the Margins of Identity and Place with Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris (21 May)
  • Taking the Lear from Rizpah: Our Most Marginal Prophetess with Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen (28 May)

7:30pm - Choice of chaburah

  • Marginalised Figures and Liminal Moments at the heart of our Torah with Rabbi Benji & Rabbi Kamila
  • The Other at the Fringes: Elisha ben Abuyah’s Exile from Tradition with Rabbi Leah Jordan
  • Women on the Edges: Memory, Murder, and Matronita with Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Gutharz
  • Economic Fringes: The history of Jewish women's spinning through halakhic literature with Lilinaz Evans (online)
  • Fringe Benefits: The Story of the Harlot and the Tzitzit: a study of Talmud Bavli, Menahot 44a with Rabbi Mark Solomon
  • Of sea and of sky: the mystical significance of t'khelet in finding belonging to place with Yael Roberts

8:30pm - Closing and keynote presentation with special guest educators including

  • How should we put on our shoes?  Grappling with the authority of our legal tradition with Rabbi Josh Levy (14 May)
  • A history of Lily Montagu with Rabbi Rachel Montagu (21 May)
  • Edgy: A typology of Judaism as liminal, from clothing to gates and ports with Rabbi Jeremy Gordon (28 May)

Attendees are warmly invited to apply to our new fund to support learning beyond our Westminster Synagogue walls. Find out more and apply here.

Sign up for all three sessions at either £5 per session (supported), £10 per session (standard), or £15 per session (support someone else!) Cost should not be a barrier to attending (if you need further support to attend, please email Yael).

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