Learning Zone


The purpose of a synagogue is to provide space "to meet, to study and to pray."

In the Learning Zone we will provide you with signposts to study.  Our Newsletter contains a month-by-month study section.  In recent months we have focused on the best-known prayers in the liturgy and have provided transliterations for those who don't know Hebrew and short explanations of the history of the liturgy and related topics. 

The Liberal Judaism website (www.liberaljudaism.org) has a selection of books for sale, including the current daily prayer book "Siddur Lev Chadash" and the High Holydays prayer book "Machzor Ruach Chadashah."  LJ can also provide reading lists for those intending to convert to Judaism or who are interested in improving their religious knowledge.

Another good source of Jewish books is Manor House Books, based at the Sternberg Centre in north-west London, which also does mail order.  See: www.manorhousebooks.co.uk.  Telephone: 0208 349 9484.

You can also try Janet Elf at Jewish Book Service.  Email: janet@jewishbookservice.co.uk.  Website: www.jewishbookservice.co.uk.  Tel: 07925 792129.

Basic Books

Anyone wanting a readable introduction to the history and practice of Liberal Judaism should try "Liberal Judaism: A Judaism for the Twenty-First Century" by Rabbi Pete Tobias.  Available from LJ for 9.99 plus P&P.

A good, simple introduction to Biblical Hebrew, suitable for self-study, is "The First Hebrew Primer" by Simon, Resnikoff and Motzkin.  There is also an answer book.  Available from Manor House Books.

Leo Baeck College Lehrhaus
The LBC, in Finchley, north London, runs a series of adult Jewish learning classes on weekday evenings.  More information from: www.lbc.ac.uk.  Email: lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk.