Monday, 7 February 2011

World leading speakers coming to New London Synagogue in the coming weeks

I’m delighted we have not one, but two of the most important scholars in world Jewry coming to New London in the coming weeks.

For me this is part of how I see New London as a centre for scholarship and excellence of the very highest order.

I also hope that those of us able to make either or both of these events are in for a real treat.

For those of you who are able to spread the word, please do


Shabbat 26th February, Shabbat Morning

Professor Susannah Heschel will be giving the sermon.


Dr Heschel is the Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and has published on Abraham Geiger and is well known for her work in Jewish Feminist studies and also Jewish-Christian interfaith wrok.

She is also the daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel ob’m, one of the most important thinkers, scholars and activist of the last century and will be speaking on the work of her father.

Susannah is a stunning speaker, I had the honour to chair a sell-out session at Jewish Book Week that she took by storm two years ago.


Sunday 13th March, 7pm

Professor Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago, will give the 2011 New London Synagogue Quest Lecture

'You Have Captured My Heart': The Song of Songs in the Jewish Religious Imagination


Michael Fishbane will talk about his work preparing a commentary based on the full range of Jewish interpretations on the most passionate of Biblical books.

The lecture will be chaired by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.

Professor Fishbane is the probably the world’s leading Jewish academic Bible scholar. As well as his work in Bible (including authoring the JPS Bible Commentary on the Haftarot) he has also published on Rabbinics and theology.


(also coming soon –

Yom Masorti featuring leading British Masorti teachers and visiting scholar Rabbi Levi Lauer, 6th March at NNLS – more info at

and for those interested in advance notice, our world-class flagship lecture, the Louis Jacobs Memorial Lecture, will be given by Rabbi David Wolpe, dubbed by Newsweek as the most influential pulpit Rabbi in America, on Sunday 3rd July)


All are welcome.


Rabbi Jeremy



Rabbi Jeremy Gordon

New London Synagogue

0207 328 1026


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