Oxford University Chabad Society

SUMMER TERMCARD 2019

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Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society Summer Termcard '19! This term promises to be an exciting programme at the OU Chabad Society offering a wide variety of high profile and stimulating events, including world renowned speakers, delicious Friday night Shabbat dinners, Jewish fair on Broad St with some of the UK's best Jewish musicians, stimulating classes, seminars and plenty of opportunities to meet other students and make new friends. Whether you’re looking for challenging discussions, classes in Judaism or a warm environment to hang out with friends, the Oxford University Chabad Society has something to offer everyone. Looking forward to meeting you over the coming term!

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Week 0

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Seventh Night of Passover

Celebrating the splitting of the sea * Chanale's birthday

Kiddush * Handbaked Matza * Delicious Passover Festival Dinner * Dessert * Drinks!

Thursday, 25 April, 7.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Sunset, Pyramid, CamelLast Night of Passover - Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Kiddush * Handbaked Matza * Delicious Shabbat Dinner * Dessert * Drinks!

Friday, 26 April, 7.30pm 

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Four Cups

Feast of Moshiach – End of Passover Festive Celebration

Join us for an End of Passover ‘Feast of Moshiach’ (Seudat Mashiach) dinner & celebration, instituted by the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760) to celebrate the final redemption at the end of Passover. Join us for a festive meal, song, four cups of wine, Matza and discussion about the final redemption and its relevance today. 

Saturday, 27 April, 8pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR  

All are welcome!

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Week 1

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Bart-van-esBIO.jpgAward winning author

Professor Bart van Es

'The Cut Out Girl: A story of war and family, lost and found' 

Bart van Es is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. He is most recently the author of 'The Cut Out Girl: A story of War and Family, Lost and Found (Fig Tree),' which follows the story of a Dutch Jewish girl who was taken in by the author's grandparents before her own parents were sent to Auschwitz. The book won the Costa Prize for literature in 2018. He is also the author of Spenser's Forms of History (2002), A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies (2006), and Shakespeare in Company (2013). In addition to his work on Spenser and Shakespeare he has published articles on Daniel, Drayton, Renaissance historiography, and pastoral poetry. Essays by him appear in various Oxford Handbooks, including that on Holinshed's Chronicles and that on English Prose, 1500-1640. He is a contributor to Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents and has chapters forthcoming in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Volume 2, and Moving Shakespeare Indoors.

Dutch Holocaust Survivor  Robert Slager 

Tuesday, 30 April, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Frankopan.jpgProfessor Peter Frankopan

‘The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - A Jewish perspective’

In conversation with

Professor Abigail Green

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009). Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times Guardian, and has a regular column in the London Evening Standard. Silk Roads was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015. It went to Number One in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction charts, remaining in the Top 10 for nine months in a row, as well as being #1 in China, India, the UAE, Ireland and many other countries around the world. Peter has been described in The New Statesman as 'the history rock star du jour'. In December 2018, The Silk Roads was chosen as one of the 25 most influential books translated into Chinese in the last 40 years.

abigail_green.jpgAbigail Green is Professor of Modern European History at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her first book was Fatherlands: state-building and nationhood in 19th century Germany (2001), followed by her biography of Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), the preeminent Jewish figure of the 19th century. She has most recently been awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship to work on a new project, a book on liberalism and the Jews tentatively entitled Children of 1848: Liberalism and the Jews from the Revolutions to Human Rights.

Thursday, 2 May, 1pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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1st Week Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 3 May, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Week 2

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Rabbi Chaim Rapoport

Rabbi Rapoport is a leading Talmudist and Judaic scholar. He is former Rabbi of the Birmingham Central Synagogue. 

Sunday, 5 May, 7pm (TBC)

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Hebrew.jpgHebrew Course for Beginners

Learn how to read, write and speak Hebrew at a beginner's level in just six weeks.

Qualified Hebrew teacher Yatir Linden

Beginning Thursday, 9 May, 5.15pm-6.45pm

Followed by 6 consecutive Thursdays

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

Course: £36 / non-student £40 - www.oxfordchabad.org/donate

All are welcome! 

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Chinese Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 10 May, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Week 3

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Judith Schlanger.jpgIsaac Meyers Memorial Lecture 

Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger is the new President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She studied Hebrew as well as Semitic and Ancient Near Eastern Languages in Paris, and obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge on Karaite marriage documents from the Cairo Genizah, and was a member of St. John's College. Between 1995 and 1998, she was a Mary Ewart Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford.  In 1999, she was appointed a senior researcher in Hebrew Palaeography section of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (CNRS), and, in 2002, she joined the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, as a Professor in Hebrew Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. In 2010-2014, she was President of the European Association for Jewish Studies.  Her main publications include Karaite Marriage Documents from the Cairo Geniza. Legal Tradition and Community Life in Mediaeval Egypt and Palestine (1998), Les manuscrits hébreux dans l’Angleterre médiévale (2003), Hebrew and Hebrew-Latin Documents from Medieval England: a Diplomatic and Palaeographical Study (2015).  

Tuesday, 14 May, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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John-Broome (1).jpgEmeritus Professor John Broome

Professor Broome is Emeritus White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. He works on normativity, rationality and reasoning, and also on the ethics of climate change. He was Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is author of Rationality Through Reasoning, Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World, Counting the Cost of Global Warming, among other works.

‘Ethics of Climate Change’

Thursday, 16 May, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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nadav.berman_s..jpgFriday Night Shabbat Dinner

Dr. Nadav Berman Shifman

Dr. Nadav Berman Shifman is a Postdoctoral Associate in Jewish Thought at the Department of Philosophy andJudaic Studies, Yale University. His PhD dissertation (Hebrew University, 2018) is entitled “20th Century Jewish Thought and Classical American Pragmatism: New Perspectives on Hayyim Hirschensohn, Mordecai M. Kaplan and Eliezer Berkovits”. He currently works on certain connections and applications of this research to some other Jewish thinkers, topics, and concepts. 

Friday, 17 May, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Week 4

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Yom Limmud.jpgSeminar in Jewish Studies - Yom Limmud

Exploring Jewish philosophy, history, law and mysticism and manuscripts in connection with the Jewish Festival of Shavuot.

Sunday, 19 May, 1pm-5pm

Programme: 

12pm Lunch 

1pm Micah MacKay, English Language and Literature Department, MedievalStudies, University of Oxford 

‘Acyrred fram Criste’: Representations of the Jews across the Norman Conquest'

Micah Mackay is a graduate student studying for a Masters of Philosophy in English Studies (Medieval Period) in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Most recently she has presented her research on Jewish-Christian relations at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is currently working on representations of the Jew in the contract-making scene of the Theophilus legend under the supervision of Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia.

1.45pm Elad UzanPh.D. candidate in International Law & Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University's Buchmann Faculty of Law

'The Ethics of War's Ending'

This talk will address the framework of just war theory, its contemporary importance, and examples of the meaning of milchemet reshut (optional war) in our days.

2.30pm  Rabbi Eli Brackman,  Oxford University Chabad Society 

'A dispute between medieval Rabbis Berachia of Lincoln and Elijah of London and the principle of non-discrimination in Jewish law' 

3pm Coffee

3.15pm Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, University College London 

'From the Zohar to Hasidic Teachings'

Naftali Loewenthal lectures in Jewish Spirituality at University College London’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. He is author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1990) and his forthcoming book is Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History, to be published by the Littman Library.  

4pm Dr. Israel Sandman, University College London

'Between the sacred and the profane: the ambiguities of Tanya chapter 8' 

Israel Sandman is a Fellow at the Hebrew & Jewish Studies Department at University College London and an expert on medieval Jewish philosophy and manuscripts. More to be confirmed

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 11.32.03 pm.pngWe are delighted to invite you to the sixth annual

OXFORD JEWISH FAIR on BROAD STREET

Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Lag B'omer

Thursday, 23rd May, 12pm-5pm

** 'SHIR' BAND - the UK's “complete” Jewish music group playing Klezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Ladino and Simcha music... 

** Sephardic Cantor Chazan Eliot Alderman

** Matthew Faulk and Alexander Massey

** Kosher Hotdogs, shawarma, Falafel, Hummus and bagels

** NEW History of Jews of England Exhibition

** Jewish Book Stand – Aisenthal 

** Art: Posters from Israel and Hebrew manuscripts

** Crafts & Activities – Flags and symbols, Challah baking, 

** Amazing ‘Pavitra’ raw honey stand

** Authentic Jewish Scribal stand - Sofer

** Western Wall - take a picture and offer a prayer for peace

** Caricaturist

And much more 

Supporters: Oxford City Council, Chabad of Oxford, Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy, OxfordIsrael Forum, FLAGGS college store, Oxford Jewish Congregation, Heritage Lottery Fund, JTrails, CST, Douglas Abraham, Orde.

For more info or to volunteer at the fair: oxfordjewishfair@gmail.com or call 07772 079 940 

Click here to view the full programme!

All are welcome!

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Middle Eastern Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 24 May, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Week 5

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Mala_Tribich_220.jpgHolocaust Survivor Mala Tribich MBA

Mala was born Mala Helfgott in 1930 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Mala’s family fled eastwards. When they returned, Mala’s family had to move into the ghetto which was established in her hometown, the first in Poland. When the ghetto was liquidated, Mala became a slave labourer until November 1944, when the remaining Jews were deported. Mala was separated from her father and brother and was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. After about 10 weeks they were transported in cattle trucks to Bergen-Belsen until the liberation by the British army. 

Tuesday, 28 May, 8pm

Reception 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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dr_shaun_henson_1.jpgDr. Shaun Henson

Dr. Shaun Henson teaches and researches in Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion. He works at the intersections of science, philosophy, and religion, teaching in areas like science and religion. Shaun has recently collaborated on an international research project based at the London School of Economics investigating God’s Order, Man’s Order, and the Order of Nature. He serves as Chaplain to St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. His new book is God and Natural Order: Physics, Philosophy, and Theology (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).

Date to be confirmed

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 31 May, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Week 6

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We cordially invite you to

Grand Opening 

New Kitchen and Lounge at the Chabad House of Oxford 

Guest of Honour 

Mr. Mendel Tajtelbaum

Sunday, 2 June, 4pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome! 

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Cheesecake (650x245)Cheesecake Baking

Join us in preparing some delicious traditional treats for Shavuot, cheesecake and blintzes

Mon, 3 June, 7pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Rd

All are welcome!

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Lecture in honour of 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport

Professor Paul Weindling

‘The children who came and the children left behind: The Kindertransport to Britain 1938-1939’

Paul Weindling is Professor of the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University and formally part of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. He was from 1999-2004 a member of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft President’s Committee for the History of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft under National Socialism, and was on the Advisory Boards of the AHRC project on German-Jewish refugees, and on the history of the Robert Koch-Institute. He is currently on the advisory board of the project of the German Society for Psychiatry project on psychiatrists in Nazi Germany, and a member of the project on the history of the German Foundation for Memory, Responsibility and the Future.

Tuesday, 4 June, 8pm

Reception 7pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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SUSHI Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 7 June, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Festive Shavuot Dinner and Tikkun Leyl Lectures

Cheesecake and blintzes buffet   

Tikkun Leyl Programme:

Prof. Joshua Getzler

Joshua Getzler is Professor of Law and Legal History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford. He completed his first degrees in law and history at the Australian National University in Canberra, and his doctorate in Oxford, as a member of Balliol and Nuffield Colleges. He serves on the editorial board of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Equity and is co-editor of the new OUP monograph series Oxford Legal History.

Rabbi Eli Brackman, Oxford University Chabad Society

More to be confirmed - to share a topic email info@oxfordchabad.org

Saturday, 8 June, 8pm-12am

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Week 7

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Shavuot Dairy Lunch

Sunday and Monday, 9 & 10 June, 1pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Second Night Shavuot Dinner

Sunday, 9 June, 9pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Dr. David Sclar

'R. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto's conception of Creation and his belief in societal perfection'

David Sclar is a scholar of Jewish history and culture in the early modern period. He earned his doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, New York University, and the Center for Jewish History. His work explores Jewish intellectual, social, and religious currents in northern Italy and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Tuesday, 11 June, 8pm

Reception 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Dirk van Miert is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Cultural History at the University of Utrecht and specializes in the history of knowledge. He is currently principal investigator and project leader of the ERC funded project ‘Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks – The Republic of Letters as a Pan-European Knowledge Society’ (SKILLNET). 

'The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590-1670'

Wednesday, 12 June, 8pm

Reception 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Shabbat Dinner

Professor of Legal & Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge

Professor Matthew Kramer

'GA Cohen: Why I am Zionist?'

Matthew Kramer is Professor of Legal & Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Cambridge Forum for Legal & Political Philosophy, and he has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2014.  He is the author of sixteen books and the co-editor of four further books.  His work covers many areas of moral, political, and legal philosophy."Russian Cuisine Shabbat Dinner

Celebrating Rabbi Eli's Birthday 

Friday, 14 June, 7.30pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Week 8

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alan-silman-170.jpgProfessor Alan Silman

'What do our genes tell us about our Jewish ancestry?'

Alan is currently Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic and Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College. He was formerly the Medical Director of Arthritis Research UK. He has published over 500 scientific papers and a number of books. Much of his research career was in dissecting the contribution of “nature vs nurture” in various diseases. He has a long standing interest in the origins of Jewish communities round the world.

Tuesday, 18 June, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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End of Year Shabbat Friday   Dinner

Professor Andrei Zorin

Andrei Zorin is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and fellow of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. His research includes Russian Literature and Cultural History of XVIII to early XIX centuries in European Context, Russian Literature and Ideology, Cultural History of Emotions and Late Soviet and Post Soviet Literature.

Friday, 21 June, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Upcoming

John Bowers QC 

John Bowers QC is Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, a British barrister and part-time judge. 

Friday, 8 Nov, 7.30pm

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Professor Sir Ivor Crewe

Master of University College, Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Government and Vice Chancellor at the University of Essex.

Michaelmas, 2019

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Professor Jonathan Price

The Fred and Helen Lessing Professor of Ancient History, Director, Lessing Institute for European History and Civilization, Department of General History, Department of Classics, Tel Aviv University

Tuesday 25 Feb, 8pm

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CLASSES AND COURSES

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Talmud Class

Join us to study subjects in Judaism's all-important 6th century legal work of the Talmud that shapes Jewish law and thought up until today.

Every Sunday, 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Lunch 'n' Learn 

Join us for a weekly delicious Lunch & Learn on a variety of contemporary stimulating topics in ethics and philosophy.

Every Monday, 1pm

Brasenose College, Platnauer Room

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Lunch & Learn at Brookes University

Every Wednesday, 12pm

The Forum

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

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Pizza and Parsha

Join us for an in-depth study of the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Eli while enjoying some delicious fresh home-baked Pizza.

Wednesdays, 7pm 

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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 Qualified Hebrew teacher Yatir Linden

Thursday, 9 May, 5.15-6.45pm 

For 6 consecutive weeks 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Course: £36 for the course / non students £40

Booking: info@oxfordchabad.org

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The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall

The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall is open daily for you to study with a fully stocked Judaica library, wireless internet and FREE coffee and refreshments on offer.

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Cafe.jpegOxford Kosher Cafe

Enjoy a full menu of delicious Kosher food, which is situated in our spacious lounge with internet wireless connection, Wii, Jewish newspaper and satellite TV, in addition to our well stocked and diverse Judaica library with over 2000 interesting titles. Drop by for soups, deluxe sandwiches, bagels, salads, schnitzel, soft drinks and a range of delicious pastries. 

OPEN daily: 12.30pm-2pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Sign UpWrite - Subscribe

If you or a friend would like to sign up to the Chabad Society, please email:

info@oxfordchabad.org


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Oxford Chabad Society Committee 

Daniel Kumar, St Anne's College - President, Samuel Bodansky, St Peter's College - Secretary, Will Bronze, Brookes University - Vice President, Jade Weiner, St. Annes College, Amber Borowiec, Hertford College, Alan Kotlyar, Oxford, Alex Kumar, St Edmund Hall, Jozef Kosc, Green Templeton College, Sky Telford, Regent's Park College, Meir Wachs, Blackfriars, Eduardo Chazan, St Catherine's College, Greg Tsimbler (Business School), Harry Hatwell.

To join the committee, email: info@oxfordchabad.org.

Directors

Rabbi Eli & Freidy Brackman

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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