Oxford University Chabad Society

SUMMER TERMCARD 2022

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Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society Summer Termcard '22! 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 over a delicious Shabbat dinner with plenty of drinks, the Oxford University Chabad Society has something to offer everyone. Looking forward to meeting you soon over the term!

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Wine.jpgWeekly Friday Night Shabbat Dinner and Lunch 

Delicious homebaked Challah, dips, salads, chicken soup and kneidlach, honey orange chicken, potato kugel, plus dessert and plenty of drinks – L’chaim

Every Friday, 7.30pm

Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by dinner at 8pm

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

RSVP: [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you! Bring friends!

All are welcome! 

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Shabbat Lunch

Every Saturday, 1.30pm

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

All welcome!

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Week 1

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Professor of Law, James J. Friedberg
 

'Ukraine: Putin, Nuremberg, and International Law'

Jim Friedberg is Posten Professor of Law, West Virginia University. He received a J.D. from Harvard in 1975 and a Diplôme in International Human Rights from Strasbourg in 1989. He founded and for fifteen years directed the West Virginia University College of Law Immigration Law Clinic.Articles in the Columbian European Law Journal, the Duke Journal of International and Comparative Law, the WVU Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review reflect research into political and legal change on the European continent. His most recent publications have focused on democratic transition and human rights.

Dr. Oleg Kozerod
 
Vice-President Centre for European Democracy Studies, Fellow of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Tues, 26 April, 8pm 
 
Buffet and drinks welcome back reception at 7pm
 
At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

To view the recording of the lecture click here.
 
All welcome!

 

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Week 2

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Professor Paul Fenton

'What does Maimonides have to say about Islam?'

Paul B. Fenton is Professor of Hebrew and Co-Director of the Department of Arabic and Hebrew Studies at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. After Rabbinical studies, he majored in Semitics at Strasbourg University and St. Joseph University in Beirut, going on to complete his PhD in Medieval Jewish philosophy and Judaeo-Arabic literature under Georges Vajda (Sorbonne, 1976). From 1978-1983, he was Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge, prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Hebrew at Lyons University (1983-1991) and then Full Professor of Hebrew at Strasbourg University (1992-1997).

Tues, 3 May, 8pm

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

In person and on Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88088399512?pwd=UzZjR0R4bmdNWEJKT1doeHBCOENjZz09

Meeting ID: 880 8839 9512
Passcode: 273123

RSVP for buffet: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Vivien Sieber

‘Kino and Kinder: A Family's Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust’

This lecture tells the story of Oxford resident Vivien Sieber's grandmother, Paula Sieber, who was a cinema owner in Vienna before becoming a refugee in 1938. She became the second matron in a hostel for girls saved by the Kindertransport. Her father, Peter, was interned.  Kino and Kinder has many quotes from the girls themselves (as adults) on their experience of leaving their parents, their journey to England and arriving at the hostel. The girls describe adjusting to hostel life. Much of this history is told using contemporaneous writings – journals, letters, archive documents along with adult reflections on their experiences of the girls cared for in the hostels.

Wed, 4 May, 8pm

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

In person and Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89097945813?pwd=N0NIUkVORjdVQUxMUHV3cTcrS2RIQT09

Meeting ID: 890 9794 5813
Passcode: 552248

RSVP for buffet: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Book Launch!

Dr. Daisy Dunn

'Not Far from Brideshead: Oxford Between the Wars' 

Dr Daisy Dunn is a classicist, art historian, and cultural critic. She read Classics at the University of Oxford, before winning a scholarship for an MA in Art History at the Courtauld, and completing a doctorate in Classics and Renaissance Italian Art History at University College London, in affiliation with the Warburg Institute. Her first two books, Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, and the Poems of Catullus: A New Translation, were published by William Collins (and Harper Press in the US) in 2016. The same year, Daisy was named in the Guardian as one of the leading female historians. In the shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, was published by William Collins in May 2019 and by Norton in the US in December. IN 2019 Daisy also published Homer: A Ladybird Expert Book (The Ladybird Expert Series, Penguin) and of gods and men: 100 stories from ancient Greece and Rome (Head of Zeus).Her next two books are under contract with Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Daisy writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines and is editor of the Greek culture journal ARGO. She has contributed to the BBC World Service, LBC and TalkRadio, presented two short films on antiquity for BBC Ideas, and participated in the University Challenge Christmas Special on BBC 2. She has been awarded the Gay Clifford Award for Outstanding Women Scholars, an Italian Cultural Association scholarship, an AHRC doctoral award, and in 2015 she was longlisted for the international Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize and in 2020 was awarded the Classical Association Prize.

Thursday, 5 May, 1pm

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 1676 3641
Passcode: 210717

RSVP for lunch: [email protected]

All welcome!

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Week 3

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Rebecca Abrams

'Made in Medieval England:  the Church, the Jews and the Forging of English Antisemitism'

Abrams is the author of eight works or fiction and non-fiction including Licoricia of Winchester: Power and Prejudice in Medieval England (forthcoming May 2022), and The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years in 22 Objects from the Ashmolean Museum. She teaches on the Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University and is a regular literary critic for the Financial Times.

 

Writer and journalist Rebecca Abrams looks at the unique and long overlooked role of medieval England in forging the darkest and most entrenched elements of modern antisemitism and explains why we need to own and confront this dangerous legacy. The first country to make Jews wear an identifying badge, the first to execute Jews on ritual murder charges and the first to expel its entire Jewish population, England in the 12th and 13th centuries pioneered a state-wide hostile environment towards its Jewish community.  The historic Oxford Synod of 1222, which enshrined anti-Jewish measures in English canon law for the first time, ushered in a century of virulent hostility marked by massacres, pogroms and, ultimately, mass expulsion. This unholy alliance of Church and Crown was not only catastrophic for England’s medieval Jews, it created a deadly blueprint for anti-Jewish persecution that spread throughout Europe for the next eight centuries.  What and who drove this shameful conduct towards a previously tolerated minority? Why is it still so little known? And how is it relevant to our understanding of religious and racial intolerance today? On the 800th anniversary of the Oxford Synod, Abrams brings this vital but overlooked history back to life and explains why we cannot afford to ignore it a moment longer.

Tues, 10 May, 8pm, buffet reception 7pm

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

In person and on Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 892 4911 8962
Passcode: 074187

RSVP for buffet: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Week 4

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Dr. Raphael Dascalu

'Glimpses into the Lost World of Late Medieval Judaeo-Arabic Thought and Literature'

A native of Sydney, Raphael Dascalu pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem alongside yeshiva studies, and completed his PhD at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the history of philosophy and mysticism, particularly among Jews in the medieval Islamic world. He is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Forum at Monash. He is in Oxford for Trinity Term, during which he is co-coordinating the Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies with Prof. Paul Fenton.

Tues, 17 May, 8pm, buffet reception 7pm

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

In person and on Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84393401509?pwd=eGtTUFZESU9iYnlJMEh0YVBuSW5WZz09

Meeting ID: 843 9340 1509
Passcode: 367290

RSVP for buffet: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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oxford-lag-bomer-2020.jpg 9th Annual Oxford JEWISH FAIR - Lag B'omer on Broad Street

Thursday, 19 May, 12-5pm

Grand opening by The Lord Mayor of Oxford at 1pm

London Jewish Music Band 'SHIR' - Ivor Goldberg and Maurice Chernick - Klezmer, Israeli, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Ladino and Simcha music.

Oxford musician Matthew Faulk - including Yiddish music

Musician Joshua Getzler

Oxford student musician Bella Simpson and band

* Kosher Food Stand - hotdogs, shawarma, falafel, desserts - outdoor seating on Broad St

* Jewish Art - including locally made Oxford Judaica

* Kosher and Israeli wine tasting - with Steven Zimmer

* Books - Aisenthal Judaica bookshop

* Jewish History Exhibition

* Kosher cooking demo - pickle making 

* Challah baking

* 'Kind to Bee' Kosher Honey stand

* Crafts

* Archery

Scribal Art - with expert Torah scribe (Sofer) Aryeh Freeman - including a Hebrew manuscript display of Torah scrolls from the British Library - 17th c. Kaifeng Torah Scroll - and the 17th c. Pusey House Oxford Torah Scroll.

For more info, to volunteer at the fair, to volunteer or become a sponsor, please email: [email protected]

This event is supported by Oxford City Council, the Community Security trust (CST), Kedem Europe, Mamou Family, JTrails - the National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail,Oxford Jewish Congregation, Oxford JSoc, Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy, Aisenthal, British Library, Pusey House, Oxford.

All are welcome! 

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Week 5

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Dr. Shira Weiss

Shira Weiss holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy and has taught at Yeshiva University.  She has earned fellowships from the NEH, The Templeton Foundation and Ben Gurion University. Dr. Weiss is the author of Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy(Oxford University Press) and Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press), as well as articles in a variety of academic journals. She is currently working on a manuscript, Biblical Heroes on Trial: Justice and Vigilantism in the Hebrew Bible, and is co-authoring a book on protests against God in the Book of Job according to the three Abrahamic faiths.

Tues, 24 May, 8pm

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

All are welcome!

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Professor Lawrence Schiffman

'Biblical archeology: Friend or foe?'

Lawrence Schiffman is Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor in Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University and director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He is author of many books including serving as co editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls and editor of The Dead Sea Scrolls: Fifty Years after Their Discovery

Wed, 25 May, 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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Shavuot (945x360)We warmly invite you to celebrate the 

FESTIVAL OF SHAVUOT

'Shavuot JUBILEE Cream Tea'

Serving scones, cheese cakes and Victoria sponge cake

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Lectures and Festival Dinner

Commemorating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai 3315 years ago

Saturday, 4 June, 7pm

7pm Shavuot JUBILEE Cream Tea

8pm Professor Martin Goodman

'Pilgrim festivals in Herodian Jerusalem'

Professor Goodman studies in particular the political, social and religious history of the Jews in the Roman Empire, but he is also the author of a study of variety within Judaism and a history of Judaism down to modern times as well as a number of books on the Jewish revolts against Rome and on the rabbis in the Roman world. He has taught in Oxford since 1986. He was appointed by the University to the Readership in Jewish Studies in 1991 and served as President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies from 2014 to 2018. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1996.

8.20pm Professor Joshua Getzler, University of Oxford

'Rambam on Avodah: between reason and freedom'

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. 

8.40pm Dr. Ros Abramsky, Oxford

'Two legs to stand on'

Ros Abramsky is an Oxford researcher who studied Crystallography at Birkbeck, where she taught Science Communication, as well as at Imperial College. She completed her PhD in Information Science from Loughborough University.

9pm Dr. Peter Bergamin, Oxford

'The Veni creator spiritus in Mahler's Eight: Shavuot, Pentecost, or Assimilation?'

Peter Bergamin is a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and at Mansfield College, Oxford. He completed his DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2016. His research focuses on Maximalist-Revisionist Zionism, and Jewish anti-British resistance during the period of the Mandate for Palestine. A monograph 'The Makings of a Zionist Revolutionary: Abba Ahimeir’s Ideological Genesis, 1921-1934' was published by I.B. Tauris, in 2019.

9.10pm Dr. Naftali Loewenthal

'Aggadic and Chassidic Interpretations of the Theophany'

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 Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History (Littmann Library).

9.30pm Dr. Rafael Dascalu, Oxford 

'Travelling through Torah, Travelling through the Self'

A native of Sydney, Raphael Dascalu pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem alongside yeshiva studies, and completed his PhD at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the history of philosophy and mysticism, particularly among Jews in the medieval Islamic world. He is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Forum at Monash. He is in Oxford for Trinity Term, during which he is co-coordinating the Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies with Prof. Paul Fenton.

Evening service

10.30pm Shavuot dinner

11.30pm Professor Paul Fenton, Oxford

Paul B. Fenton is Professor of Hebrew and Co-Director of the Department of Arabic and Hebrew Studies at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. After Rabbinical studies, he majored in Semitics at Strasbourg University and St. Joseph University in Beirut, going on to complete his PhD in Medieval Jewish philosophy and Judaeo-Arabic literature under Georges Vajda (Sorbonne, 1976). From 1978-1983, he was Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge, prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Hebrew at Lyons University (1983-1991) and then Full Professor of Hebrew at Strasbourg University (1992-1997). He is currently a visiting fellow at the Oxford centre for Hebrew and Jewish studies.

11.50pm Mason Mandell, Oxford

'Maimonides and Strauss'

12.10pm Pammy Brenner, Oxford

12.30pm David Frisch, St Cross College, Oxford

12.50pm Rabbi Eli Brackman, Oxford University Chabad Society

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

For more info about the holiday visit:  www.oxfordchabad.org/shavuot 

All are welcome! 

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Cheesecake (945x365)1st Night Shavuot Festival Dinner 

Sat, 4 June, 10.30pm

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

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2nd night Shavuot Festival Dinner 

Sunday, 5 June, 10.30pm

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

RSVP: [email protected]

All are welcome! 

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Shavuot Festival Lunch

Sunday and Monday, 5-6 June, 1.30pm

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

RSVP: [email protected]

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Week 7

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Book Launch!

Dr. Rebecca J. W. Jefferson

‘Suum Cuique: Oxford’s Key Role in the Cairo Genizah Discovery’

Rebecca J. W. Jefferson is the Curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida and a joint faculty member of the Center for Jewish Studies. She received her PhD in medieval Hebrew from the University of Cambridge in 2004. Prior to moving to Florida, she worked for twelve years in the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit in Cambridge University Library. She has produced numerous articles on the history and provenance of the Cairo Genizah collections. Her book, The Cairo Genizah and the Age of Discovery in Egypt: the History and Provenance of a Jewish Archive (I. B. Tauris), was published in February 2022.

Tues, 7 June, 8pm

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 823 4596 0860

Passcode: 329687

All welcome!

 

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Week 8

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Exclusive Hebraica Viewing at Lincoln College, Oxford

' 300 years of studying Hebrew at Lincoln'

Lincoln College’s Senior Library is home to an unusually rich collection of early printed Hebraica, a collection that includes important editions of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the Mishnah, Talmud and other rabbinic works, and the Hebrew grammars and dictionaries that enabled Lincoln’s scholars to read these texts.  Our exhibition will look at some of the important books from the collection as well as the scholars whose libraries, and work, have so enriched our understanding of the Hebrew book in the early modern period.

Monday, 13 June, 6.30pm

At Lincoln's Senior Library, Lincoln College, Oxford

Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DR (opposite Scriptum)

The viewing will be followed by

Cheese, wine and sushi reception in the Langford Room

RSVP: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Mid summer lectures

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David Selis

'For Salvation is Near: The Miracle of Samaritan Passover 1968'

David Selis is the Leon Charney Doctoral Fellow at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He is Assistant Curator of The Samaritans: A Biblical People, a traveling exhibition organized by the Israelite Samaritans project of the YU Center for Israel Studies. His research focuses on modern Jewish culture and the history of the Jewish book.

Monday, 27 June, 8pm

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

All are welcome! 

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Deborah Thompson

Jewish History and Culture, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Tuesday, 5 July, 8pm

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

All are welcome! 

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Dr. Nahum Ben Yehudah

"When Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook and Abraham Joshua Heschel Meet"

Rabbi Nahum Ben-Yehuda is a graduate of the Harry Fischel Institute in Jerusalem, where he received his semikhah. He is a disciple of HaRav Shelomo Min-HaHar z"l and HaRav Nachum Rabinowitz z"l. Nahum has served as a community rabbi and Rosh yeshiva. Today he teaches adult education in the fields of Tanakh, Talmud, Halakha and Jewish thought. He is also active in the International Organization for Targumic Studies.  In parallel, Nahum – a fellow of the Manchester-based Textile Institute – researches publishes and lectures in the field of textiles and garments of the Tanakh, Talmud and Rabbinical literature. The forthcoming publication Textiles of Medieval Iberia (Boydell Press) of which he is co-editor, features his chapter: "Silk as Reflected in Medieval Iberian Jewish Literature".

Monday, 25 July, 8pm

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

All are welcome! 

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Professor Berel Dov Lerner

"Why Humans are Better than Angels: The Moral Psychology of R. Meir Simha of Dvinsk"'

Berel Dov Lerner received a BA in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in philosophy from Tel Aviv University. He also studied Judaism at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati.  Berel is currently an associate professor of philosophy at the Western Galilee College in Akko and also teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is the author of many articles in philosophy and Jewish studies and of the book Rules, Magic, and Instrumental Reason (Routledge 2002).

Thursday, 1 Sep, 8pm

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

All are welcome! 

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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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Parsha Class 

Join us for a weekly Parsha class for the Torah portion of Emor online with Rabbi Eli, exploring the Torah portion through the classic commentaries and Oxford Hebrew manuscripts of Rashi's commentary. 

Every Wednesday, 7pm 

For Zoom info and handout in advance:  [email protected]

All welcome!

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Jewish mysticism class

Every Thursday, 7-8pm

Please email [email protected] for Zoom info and handout to be sent to you before the class.

Looking forward to seeing you!

All are welcome!

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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 and Oxford Kosher Deli @ 61 George St

Enjoy a full stock of delicious Kosher food - frozen and dry - situated in our spacious Slager Jewish student centre, including lounge, diverse Judaica library with over 4200 interesting titles. Drop by for soups, deluxe sandwiches, bagels, salads, schnitzel, soft drinks and a range of delicious pastries.

OPEN daily: 12pm-2pm 

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

Info: call/text 07772 079 940 or email: [email protected]

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Sign UpWrite - Subscribe

If you or a friend would like to sign up to the

Oxford University Chabad Society, please email:

[email protected]

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Oxford Chabad Society Committee 

Uri Shine (University) - President, Michelle Rapoport (University) - Treasurer, Isabella Heinmann (St Hildas) - Secretary, Jozef Kosc (Green Templeton), Avi Blumgart (St John's), Jake Masters (St John's), 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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