Thursday, 20 March 2014

Looking Forward, Looking Back

I’m offering two very special opportunities to encounter two world leaders in contemporary Jewry; one looking forward and one looking back. This is a great week to be part of the New London family, I urge one and all to make every effort to attend.


This Shabbat our guest is the most creative force in Jewish liturgy in America. Amichai Lau Lavi, founder of Storahtelling and Lab/Shul was the subject of a major New York Times profile just last week. He’s out to transform Jewish worship into theatre, something compelling, dramatic and capable of touching us and transforming our lives. Amichai will infusing our Torah reading with some of his unique brand of engaging with our most central text, starting from 10am, don’t be late.

For more information see


Then, on Tuesday 25th, 8pm, we are partnering with New North London Synagogue to host the greatest historian of eighteen and nineteenth century Jewish life. Professor Ismar Schorsch is a master scholar, a man capable of taking us right inside the forces that shaped Jewish life. Schorsch’s topic is one of the most significant figures in recent Jewish history, Solomon Schechter, Professor at Cambridge University, the lead scholar involved in the Cairo Geniza and the first President of the Jewish Theological Seminary where I trained

For those interested in a serious understanding of ‘our kind’ of Judaism, this is a very special opportunity to hear from a genuinely world-class scholar.

More information and booking information at

(note this talk is taking place at New North London Synagogue in Finchley. It’s not at Abbey Rd.)



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