Oxford University Chabad Society

HILARY TERMCARD 2021

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Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society HILARY Termcard '21! This term promises to be an exciting programme at the OU Chabad Society, despite Covid lockdown, offering a wide variety of high profile and stimulating events, including world renowned speakers, delicious Friday night Shabbat dinners and lunch to-go packages weekly, 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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Thanksgiving.jpgWeekly Friday Night SHABBAT DINNER & LUNCH - during Covid lockdown 

Oxford Chabad is delighted to offer Jewish students and community weekly Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Lunch To-Go for every Shabbat during Hilary term:

Shabbat Dinner & Lunch Take-Out will include: Challah and dips, chicken soup with lokshen, roast chicken and kugel/sides, cookies.In addition: Shabbat Candles set with instructions, printed Shabbat Kiddush Prayer, Dvar Torah, Wine/Grape Juice, printed bentching/grace after meal prayer. Shabbat Lunch includes also schnitzel, potato salad and coleslaw (menu may vary).

Click here for the booking form for the whole term - 15 Jan-16 March, 2021 (subject to update to Covid guidelines)

All are welcome! 

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Week 1

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 17.25.35.pngLord John Mann

In conversation with

Principal of Brasenose College, John Bowers QC 

‘Combatting Antisemitism’ 

Lord Mann is the Government's Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. John Mann is Labour Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw and one of the UK’s most outspoken parliamentarians against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. LordMann, who is a member of the influential House of Commons Select Treasury Committee, chairs the UK Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism and the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). Lord Mann commissioned the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism that was published in 2015 and welcomed by the government and is a former Chair of Labour Students. John Mann was in national headlines when he recently confronted former London mayor and close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone, over his comments about Labour and anti-Semitism, calling him a ‘Nazi apologist’.

Tuesday, 19 January, 5.30pm

To submit a question in advance (state if prefer anonymous), please send it to  [email protected]ac.uk 

Please register your place here before Monday 18th January to receieve log-in details.

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BBQ.jpegWe're delighted to invite you to come by the Chabad House and collect a welcome back Sushi plate

Welcome Back SUSHI event 

Wed, 20 Jan, 7pm-9pm

Collection: Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 2

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 17.41.53.pngRefusenik Yosef Mendelevich

'Unbroken Spirit: How I Survived 12 Years in the Gulag'

Yosef Mendelevich was a Jewish refusenik in the former Soviet Union who spent 12 years in the Gulag together with fellow refusenik Natan Sharansky. Being repeatedly refused the right to immigrate to Israel, he became one of the leaders of the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair. In 1981, after a worldwide struggle, he was released and immigrated to Israel. He is author of Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival. His latest book is 'A hero of Jewish Freedom'. 

Monday, 25 Jan, 6pm

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 851 1228 0109
Passcode: talks

All are welcome!

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 17.30.48.pngHolocaust Memorial Lecture 

Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor Mindu Hornick MBE

Mindu Hornick MBE (90), born in Czechoslovakia, is a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp and slave labour camp. She has been speaking for 20 years in the Midlands about her experiences, was awarded a doctorate from Warwick University, and lifetime achievement award from the City of Birmingham. She was appointed an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours for 2020 for her services to Holocaust education and commemoration.

Kindertransport Refugee Henry Glanz

Henry Glanz, 97, grew up in Kiel on the Baltic coast of Germany, leaving on the last Kindertransport evacuation when he was 15, which brought 10,000 Jewish children out of Hitler’s Germany to Britain when war began. He crossed the border into Denmark just hours before German forces invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. But his family were still trapped in Kiel—he never saw them again.

Tues, 26 Jan, 8pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

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Meeting ID: 861 6641 8881

Passcode: 648521

All are welcome!

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Tu B'shvat.jpegTree of Life - Tu B'Shvat - New Year for Trees - two events

Please join us for a lockdown-friendly Tu B'Shvat evening in Oxford. Enjoy some fruity nibbles & cocktails, relax in each other's company and create your own beautiful Tree of Life pendant - guided by costume jewellery specialist Maxine Rose together on Zoom. This beautiful piece of Tu B'Shvat themed metal art can be a necklace pendant, a dream catcher, or a door handle or shelf ornament

1) Wed, 27 Jan, 8pm - under 40s (£4) - click here to RSVP to receive or collect your kit for the event.

2) Sat, 30 Jan, 7.30pm - over 40s (£8) - click here to RSVP to receive or collect your kit for the event.

Please send payment to: Paypal  [email protected] / acc. no. 50523805, Sort code 542123

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 818 9012 9896
Passcode: treeoflife

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Week 3

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 20.29.51.pngProfessor Don Seeman

'One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism'

Professor Seeman received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University and is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. His research interests include medical anthropology, anthropology of experience, Ethiopian-Israelis, anthropological approaches to Hebrew Bible, Judaism and Hasidism, and violence and extremism in Israel. He has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His publications include: "'Where is Sarah Your Wife': Cultural Poetics of Gender and Nationhood in the Hebrew Bible," in Harvard Theological Review 91:2 (1998); "'One People, One Blood': Public Health, Political Violence, and HIV in an Ethiopian-Israeli Setting," in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 23 (1999); "Bodies and Narratives: The Question of Kinship in the Beta Israel - European Encounter (1860-1920)," in Journal of Religion in Africa 30:1 (2000) and One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2009).

Tuesday, 2 Feb, 8pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 835 5857 1273

Passcode: 901039

All are welcome! 

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Week 4

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 20.32.19.pngDr. Naftali Loewenthal

'Two thousand years of Jewish history in one hour'

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 (Chicago, 1990)

and his most recent book is Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History (Littmann Library).

Monday, 8 Feb, 6pm 

Lecture will be held via ZOOM 

All are welcome! 

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 20.35.51.pngDaisy Abboudi

‘Tales of Jewish Sudan'

Daisy Abboudi is an expert on the Jewish community of Sudan. Both her paternal and maternal grandparents were all either born or grew up in Sudan and this inspired her to create the website Tales of Jewish Sudan in 2015. Since 2017, Daisy has been the Deputy Director of the oral history charity, Sephardi Voices UK, which documents the experiences and testimonies of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews from the Middle East, North Africa, and Iran, who settled in the UK.

Daisy Abboudi will speak about the Jewish community of Sudan, drawing comparisons with Jewish communities in other North African and Middle Eastern countries. She will delve into their daily lives, current affairs of the day, and the communities' subsequent diaspora around the world in the latter half of the 20th century. 

Tues, 9 Feb, 8pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 811 6173 5943

Passcode: 765498 

All are welcome! 

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Week 5

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 17.59.38.pngJewish Medical Ethics Event

Prof. Robert Klitzman

'Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children'

Dr. Robert Klitzman is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and the Founder and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and for 10 years directed the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. He has conducted research and written about a variety of ethical issues in medicine and public health to promote public and professional education concerning these issues. He has written nine books, and authored or co-authored over 150 academic articles, drawing on qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the NY State Stem Cell Commission, a member of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a member of the Research Ethics Advisory Panel of the US Department of Defense. 

Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 18.03.56.pngDr. Jamie Metzl

'Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity'

Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, social entrepreneur, media commentator, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Singularity University faculty member, and the Founder and Chair of the global social movement OneShared.World. In 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab and has been an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines and advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones.

Tuesday, 16 Feb, 8pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 815 1291 1275

Passcode: 105473

All are welcome!  

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Week 6

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Yom Limmud.jpgSeminar in Jewish Studies - Yom Limmud - 'Purim'

Exploring Jewish philosophy, history, law and mysticism in the context of the holiday of Purim.

Sunday, 21 Feb, 2pm-5pm

Rabbi Eli Brackman,  Oxford University Chabad Society

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, University College London

Dr. Israel Sandman, University College London

Brian Deutsch , Oxford

More speakers to be confirmed 

The seminar will be held via Zoom

All are welcome!

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 21.00.38.pngIsaac Meyers Memorial Lecture

Professor Oded Borowski 

‘Man does not live by bread alone (Deut. 8:3): Daily Life in Biblical Times’

Oded Borowski taught biblical archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University for 41 years. Born in Palestine under the British Mandate, he was a member of Kibbutz Lahav, in the northeastern Negev. While at Lahav, he was involved in agriculture, mostly growing field crops, and herding sheep. While at the kibbutz, Borowski studied at the Absalom Institute for Homeland Studies in Tel Aviv. Borowski continued his studies in Detroit where he received a BHL (Bachelors of Hebrew Letters) from the Midrasha/College of Jewish Studies, and a BA in Anthropology and History from Wayne State University. He received his MA/PHD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His dissertation, which became his first book, deals with agriculture during the Iron Age in Israel. Borowski participated in archeological excavations and surveys since the early 1970s (Tel Gezer, Tel Dan, Ashkelon, Beth Shemesh), and in 1976 helped initiate the Lahav Research Project that has been conducting excavations and survey in Tel Halif and its environs.  Presently, Borowski directs Phase IV of the project. Shortly after arrival at Emory in 1977, Dr. Borowski founded the Hebrew and Arabic language programs and in 1988 under his direction, Emory created a new department named Near Eastern Studies, which today is titled Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. In addition to his book Agriculture in Iron Age Israel (1987), Borowski authored Every Living Thing: The Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel (1998); Daily Life in Biblical Times (2003); Lahav III: The Iron Age II Cemetery at Tell Halif (Site 72) (2013), and numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries.

Tues, 23 Feb, 8pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 892 8074 5196

Passcode: 782451

All are welcome!

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Thanksgiving.jpgPURIM Celebration

Thursday, 25 Feb, 8pm 

Full programme will be confirmed - following Covid guidelines.

All are welcome! 

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Megillah - Scroll of Esther - reading:

Thursday, 25 Feb, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

Friday, 26 Feb: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm 

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

Following Covid guidelines 

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Week 7

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Screenshot 2021-01-14 at 00.53.13.pngSpecial event

Natan Sharansky 

'Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People'

Natan Sharansky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, a Prisoner of Zion and leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel. Subsequent to his request to make aliya, Mr. Sharansky was arrested on trumped up charges of treason and espionage. He was convicted in a Soviet court and served nine years in the Gulag with many stretches in a punishing cell. Following massive public campaigns by the State of Israel, World Jewry and leaders of the free world, Mr. Sharansky was released in 1986, making aliya on the very day of his release. In his first few years in Israel, Mr. Sharansky established the Zionist Forum to assist Soviet olim in their absorption in Israel. In the 1990's, he established the Yisrael B'Aliyah party in order to accelerate the integration of Russian Jews. He served in four successive Israeli governments, as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. In 2018 he received the highest Israeli award - the Israel Prize for promoting Aliyah and the ingathering of the exiles. Mr. Sharansky is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He is the only living non-American citizen who is the recipient of these two highest American awards. 2009-2018 Natan Sharansky served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. In July 2019 Mr. Natan Sharansky became Chair of ISGAP (The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy). Mr. Sharansky is also the author of four books: - Fear No Evil - The Case for Democracy - Defending Identity - Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People. 

Screenshot 2021-01-14 at 01.40.47.pngIn conversation with Gil Troy

A Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University currently living in Jerusalem, Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian and a leading Zionist activist. In the Foreword to Troy’s latest book, The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow, which was a 2019 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Natan Sharansky writes:  “This magnificent work is the perfect follow-up to Arthur Hertzberg’s classic The Zionist Idea. Combining, like Hertzberg, a scholar’s eye and an activist’s ear, Gil Troy demonstrates that we now live in a world of Zionist Ideas, with many different ways to help Israel flourish as a democratic Jewish state.” His next book, co-authored with the former Soviet Prisoner of Zion and human rights activist Natan Sharansky, Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People, will be published in September by PublicAffairs of Hachette – it’s already possible to pre-order the book on Amazon and at fine book stores everywhere. Troy’s book Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism, describes the fall of the UN, the rise of Reagan and the spread of Anti-Zionism.  Jewish Ideas Daily designated it one of 2012’s “best books.”

Tues, 2 March, 8pm

The lecture will be held via Zoom

All are welcome!

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Week 8

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Screenshot 2021-01-14 at 02.03.27.png Kosher LBD (London Beth Din) Virtual Road Show

Sharon Feldman-Vazan

Retail Food & Drink Manager at KLBD Worldwide Kosher Certification 

This presentation will discuss the process for companies to gain their Kosher certification, what issues arise, how to find Kosher certified products, how many are there on the High Street and online (that you never knew were there!) and hear about the global search for kosher products. The talk will be followed by Q&A.

Join in online for the chance to win a KLBD Goody Box (Hint: Check out the Product Promotions to be in with a chance of winning!)

Enjoy some KLBD Certified Product Promotions  Tahan.jpeg

Tues, 8 March, 8pm

The lecture will be held via Zoom

All are welcome!

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Screenshot 2021-01-13 at 21.09.51.pngProfessor Karen Lang

Slade Professor of Fine Art (2019-20) at the University of Oxford

‘German Art after the Holocaust: representing the unrepresentable’

Professor Karen Lang has taught at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and the University of Warwick. The editor of The Art Bulletin during the journal's centenary year, she has been a Leverhulme major research fellow, a Paul Mellon fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, a Getty scholar, Rudolph Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick.  Professor Lang is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board to the research group Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology, which involves the Warburg Institute, London, and Institutes of Art History in Germany, Italy and France.  She is also one of the founding editors of the open access journal 21: Inquiries into Art, History and the Visual/Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur. Professor Kang has published extensively on modern and contemporary art, on philosophical aesthetics and on the intellectual history of the History of Art.  The edited volume Field Notes on the Visual Arts: Seventy-Five Short Essays and 'The Ruses of Chance', an invited essay for the Critics Page of The Brooklyn Rail, have recently appeared.  Philip Guston: Locating the Image, an exhibition of the artist's works on paper will open at the Ashmolean Museum in November 2019. 

Tues, 9 March, 8pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 880 3355 2923

Passcode: 383873

All are welcome!  

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Screenshot 2021-01-19 at 00.15.59.pngProfessor Sir Walter Bodmer FMedSci FRS

'How I escaped Nazi Germany?'

Walter Bodmer, born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt in 1936, is a world-leading geneticist who has made major contributions to the study of the genetics of human populations, gene mapping and cancer genetics and to our understanding of the human tissue typing system. He was one of the first to suggest the idea of the human genome project. Early in his career, Walter helped to discover the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system, vital for the success of organ and bone marrow transplants. Walter’s interest in human populations led him to set up a UK population gene bank that could be used as a control group in research. More recently, he has successfully grown bowel cancer cells in the lab in structures similar to those found naturally inside the bowel. Walter is credited with beginning the movement for the public understanding of science, having chaired the first committee set up to establish standards for communicating science and technology. He was the first Director General of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and was knighted in 1986. He is currently Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory, Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford and former Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. 

Tues, 11 May, 8pm

All are welcome!

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CLASSES AND COURSES

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Sinai.jpegSinai Scholars Course – ‘Think Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life’

Explore the foundations of Judaism in 8 interactive sessions 

Stipend offered by Sinai Scholars Society: $350 / £260

To apply:  click here.

For more info, email  [email protected]

The course covers the following topics: 1. Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World, 2. Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos, 3. Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances, 4. An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat, 5. The Jewish secrets of Love and Marriage, 6. Jewish Ethics: Ancient System, Modern Applications, 7. An Overview of Jewish Mysticism, Kabbalah, and Chasidism, and 8. Forward Thinking: Examining Our Past to Forge Our Personal and Collective Future. 

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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: [email protected]

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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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Hebrew.jpg

Hebrew for Beginners Course

Qualified Hebrew teacher Nitzan Winograd

Thursday, 28 Oct, 5.30-7pm 

For 6 consecutive weeks 

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

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

Booking: [email protected]

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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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Oxford 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:

[email protected]


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Oxford Chabad Society Committee 

Michelle Rapoport (University) - President, Uri Shine (University) - Treasurer, Isabella Heinmann (St Hildas) - Secretary, Jozef Kosc (Green Templeton), Marthe Goudsmit (Law), Avi Blumgart (St John's), Jonathan Sheinman (Queens), Dario Val Nure (Brookes), Pamela Brenner (Kellogg), David Frisch (St Cross).

Senior Member: Prof. Nir Vulkan (Worcester)

To join the committee, email: [email protected]

Directors

Rabbi Eli & Freidy Brackman

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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