Oxford University Chabad Society

MICHAELMAS TERMCARD 2023

Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society Michaelmas Termcard '23! 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, 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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Weekly Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Every Friday, 7.30pm

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

Weekly Shabbat Lunch

Every Saturday, 1.30pm

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

RSVP: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Welcome Back Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Dr. Yana Hauptmann

Yana Hauptmann is the President of the Women's International Zionist Organisation (WIZO), Austria

Friday, 13 Oct, 7.30pm

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

All welcome!

 

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Dr. Robert M. Schwartz

Robert M. Schwartz, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and former assistant professor who did pioneering research on positive and negative emotions. In addition to scientific articles on positive psychology, he has published social and political commentaries in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, Christian Science Monitor, the American Thinker, and others.

'Maintaining Happiness During Disaster?'

Sunday (week 1), 15 Oct, 8pm

Buffet reception 7pm

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

RSVP for buffet: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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BBQ.jpegWe're delighted to invite you to join us with friends for a welcome 

Welcome back Shawarma and Drinks Night

Join us for a delicious shawarma and drinks night with salads and plenty of drinks, while chilling with old and new friends.

Tues, 17 Oct, 7pm-10pm

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

All are welcome!

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Week 3

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Challah Bake

Learn how to make traditional challah bread with Freidy

Thursday, 19 Oct, 7pm-9pm

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

All are welcome!

 

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Week 4

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Professor Robert A. Harris

'From Charlemagne to Rashi'

Robert A. Harris is professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish biblical exegesis. Dr. Harris is an expert in the history of medieval biblical exegesis. His most recent book is Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency: Commentaries on Amos, Jonah (with Selections from Isaiah and Ezekiel).  TEAMS Commentary Series. Kalamazoo, MI:  Medieval Institute Publications, 2017. In 2004 he published a book in the Brown Judaic Studies series, Discerning Parallelism: A Study in Northern French Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews in both American and Israeli journals. His dissertation (1997) was titled The Literary Hermeneutic of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency.  He is currently at work on a book, tentatively titled The Reinvention of Reading in the 12th Century Renaissance. Dr. Harris’s most recent publication is “Sexual Orientation in the Presentation of Joseph’s Character in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature,” AJS Review 43:1 (Spring, 2019)

Sunday, 29 Oct, 8pm

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

All are welcome!

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Dr. Joseph O’Hara

‘Hebrew Micrography: A uniquely Jewish art form?’

Dr Joseph O’Hara is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford. He works on the international project The history of the Jewish book in the Islamicate world (Oxford–LMU Munich) and is a member of Hebrew Palaeography Album, a major new initiative to produce a large-scale online repository of specimens of medieval Hebrew handwritings. He has presented on digital palaeography and also convenes the OCHJS Medieval Hebrew reading group.

Tues, 31 Oct, 8pm

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

All are welcome!

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Dr. Shirili Weisman

Sassoon Fellow at the Bodleian Library researching: The structure of MS. Hunt. 80 (Mishneh Torah of Maimonides)

Date to be confirmed.

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

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

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Walking Tour of Medieval Jewish Oxford 

Many of the historic sites in Oxford are connected with the Jewish medieval history in Oxford. Join this special walking tour and get to see the part of the little known Jewish medieval tunnels and quarter, the site of the medieval cemetery, synagogue, the oldest College that was bought from a Jewish property owner, and the route of the Jewish funeral processions (Dead Man's Walk).

Thursday, 2 Nov, 11am

Meet at Botanic Garden

RSVP:  [email protected] 

All are welcome!

 

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Week 5

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Professor Oren Gazal-Ayal

Oren Gazal-Ayal is a  Visiting Fellow, All-Souls College, University of Oxford, and Head of the Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society, University of Haifa .

'Incarceration in Israel and Judges' biases'

Tues, 7 Nov, 8pm

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

All are welcome! 

 

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Week 6

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Isaac Meyers Memorial Lecture

Professor Zoe Waxman

‘Testimony as a Response to Mass Atrocity: 1940s to the Present’

Prof. Waxman has been awarded the title of Professor of Holocaust History at the University of Oxford. She is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She was educated at the universities of York, Warwick, and Oxford and was previously lecturer in history at Mansfield College, Oxford and then lecturer and fellow in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on gender, genocide, and the history of ideas. Her most recent book was Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History (2017). Her next book will be Motherhood: A Holocaust History.

Tues, 14 Nov, 8pm

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

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

The new Professor of the Philosophy of Law at the University of Oxford

Professor David Enoch

David Enoch does primarily moral, political, and legal philosophy. David studied law and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, then clerked for Justice Beinisch at the Israeli Supreme Court. He pursued a PhD in philosophy at NYU (2003), and has been a faculty member at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem ever since, on a joint appointment in philosophy and law. He started at Oxford as the Professor of the Philosophy of Law in 2023.  David published work in metaethics (where he defends a robust, non-naturalistic kind of moral realism), in the philosophy of law (where he criticizes some versions of "general jurisprudence", discusses moral and legal luck, and analyses the role of statistical evidence), in political philosophy (where he criticizes Rawlsian, public-reason liberalism, discusses false consciousness, and nudging), in ethics (where he discusses the status of hypothetical consent, and rejects the existence of moral luck), and more. 

Friday, 17 Nov, 7.30pm

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

All are welcome!

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Week 7

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Professor Sir Bernard Silverman FRS

'What is Modern Slavery and how can we act against it?'

Sir Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across many aspects and applications of statistics.  He gained his PhD from Cambridge in 1978, and has held senior academic posts at a number of universities.  He was Master of St Peter’s College from 2003 to 2009 and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office from 2010 to 2017, during which time his work played a pivotal role in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.   His current activities encompass geospatial and location data, the fight against modern slavery and child sexual violence, official statistics, security, and science and technology for policy, business and government.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a former President of the Royal Statistical Society, and has won leading awards for his work.

Tues, 21 Nov, 8pm

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

All welcome!

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Thanksgiving.jpgTHANKSGIVING Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 24 Nov, 7.30pm

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

All are welcome! 

 

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Week 8

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Yom Limmud.jpgPre Chanukah - Seminar in Jewish Studies - Yom Limmud 

Exploring Jewish philosophy, history, law and mysticism 

Sunday, 26 Nov, 2pm-5pm

If you wish to present a topic for 20 min on the subject of your choice, please email: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Nicholas Martin

Writer and producer of the film 'Golda'

'Golda Meir & The Yom Kippur War'

Nicholas Martin was born and grew up in Sussex. He attended Brighton College, a boarding school, but struggled with academia and left without qualifications. He moved to London and worked variously as: a croupier, a laborer, a bouncer and a barman. In his early twenties he worked at sea as a deck hand and as a yacht captain. Between jobs he traveled in South America where he supported the Sandinista revolution. He helped build a school in the north of the country, which was destroyed by the Contra Terrorists the day after it opened. He began writing feature pieces about his travels and contributing to British newspapers including:The Sunday Times, The Guardian and various magazines. In 1988 he reported from Chile on the final days of the Pinochet regime. In 1989 Martin returned to London to take up a place at The National Film and Television School to study script writing. He graduated in 1992 and began writing for British TV. His first produced script was for the highly regarded BBC series Between the Lines, which won the BAFTA award for best series. In 1998 he wrote a total of 16 episodes of the ITV comedy drama series, Big Bad World. He continued to write for British TV, and contributed to Midsomer Murders, the popular whodunit series. In early 2014, producer Michael Kuhn read Martin's script Florence Foster Jenkins and optioned it the same day. Within a week, Stephen Frears had agreed to direct and within three weeks Meryl Streep signed on to play Florence. Florence premiered in 2016 and garnered two Oscar and four Golden Globe nominations. In 2017 Martin began work on Golda, the story of Golda Meir's leadership during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He interviewed many of the key figures, still living, who commanded the war including Zvi Zamir, the head of Mossad. His research uncovered a story that challenges received opinion in Israel that Meir was to blame for the "surprise" of the attack by Egypt and Syria forces. In 2019 Helen Mirren signed to play Golda and shooting completed at the end of 2021. Golda premiered at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival and opened the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2022 he began developing Upheaval, a true story about the creation of a music school in a Wisconsin prison in the 70s.

Tues, 28 Nov, 8pm

Buffet reception 7pm

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

All are welcome!

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Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine 2023

Professor Drew Weissman

“The Covid vaccine was just the tip of the iceberg…the breathtaking potential of mRNA therapeutics”

Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his graduate degrees from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Weissman, in collaboration with Dr. Katalin Karikó, discovered the ability of modified nucleosides in RNA to suppress activation of innate immune sensors and increase the translation of mRNA containing certain modified nucleosides. The nucleoside-modified mRNA-lipid nanoparticle vaccine platform Dr.
Weissman’s lab created is used in the first 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. They continue to develop other vaccines that induce potent antibody and T cell responses with mRNA–based vaccines. Dr. Weissman’s lab also develops methods to replace genetically deficient proteins, edit the genome, and
specifically target cells and organs with mRNA-LNPs, including lung, heart, brain, CD4+ cells, all T cells, and bone marrow stem cells.

Wed, 29 Nov, 8pm

Buffet receoption 7pm

Lecture will be on Zoom and viewable also in person:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89811669517?pwd=bU52ZFBpNEhlZzVBUFVBSDFKY1RWUT09

Meeting ID: 898 1166 9517
Passcode: 201423

The lecture will be viewable at:

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

All are welcome!

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Hebrew Manuscript Viewing at Merton College

Manuscript and early Hebraic works on display will include a couple of the Shtarroth (Hebrew documents) associated with Walter de Merton, founder of Merton College, a couple of Hebrew manuscripts including a C16th copy of part of David Kimchi’s Lexicon given to the college by Warden Henry Savile, and some works of Hebrew scholarship printed in Europe in the sixteenth century.

Thurs, 30 Nov 2pm

At Merton College, University of Oxford

Meet at Merton College Lodge

All are welcome!

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Week 9

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GRAND 12ft MENORAH LIGHTING ON BROAD STREET

The Lord Mayor of Oxford  

* Light & Fire Show  * Doughnuts  * Latkes  * Hot chocolate  * Music 

Thursday, 7 Dec, 5pm

At Broad Street, Oxford outside Balliol College

All are welcome!

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Followed by  Chanukah party @ Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

The lighting of the Menorah is supported by Oxford City Council and dedicated to the memory of the late Oxford City Councillor and Fellow of Balliol College, Dr. Mike Woodin, who was instrumental in establishing this tradition at Oxford.

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Future lectures

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Dr Katherine Lebow

Associate Professor of History, Christ Church

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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

Medieval Kitchen, Brasenose College

(besides Monday week 6, in the Amersi Room)

All welcome!

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Lunch & Learn at Brookes University

Every Wednesday, 12pm

The Forum

RSVP: [email protected]

All welcome!

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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 for Beginners Course

For 6 consecutive weeks 

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

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 2023-4

JoJo Sugarman (University) - President, Jake Masters (St John's) - Secretary, Manya Patel (St Peter's) - Treasurer, Tali Borowick (St. Hugh's), Michael Levinson (St Edmund Hall), Hayden Goldberg (Oriel), Kyle Weintraub (Wolfson), Miriam Yakob (New), Maayan Radus (St Annes), Aviad Sadeh (Brookes Chabad Society President).

Senior Member: Dr. 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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