Joel Stanley on why he is part of Grassroots Jews

Over the last two years I’ve led some of the High Holiday services at an alternative egalitarian minyan, and it’s been a good experience. I’ve read Alan Lew’s (z”l) ‘This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared’ (the most meaningful companion to the season I’ve ever seen) and managed to make the experience somehow personal for me. This year Grassroots Jews promises to take it a step further. I pray, live, eat, have fun, sing and work with many of the people involved, so why not for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur too?

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Festival at the MoHoLo

Strawberry jam, trauma, punk, Torah

… some of the topics at the Carlebach Minyan’s Midsummer Sunday Teatime Salon in June.

poppy#s talk

80 people came round and listened to the wonderful Devorah Baum discuss “Jews and trauma”. Samuel Klein talked about “love and religion in the works of Caravaggio”, Eiran Davies taught a Talmudic tractate on prayer, and Naomi Soetendorp presented her talk “Punk Judaism.”  Elliot Tucker did some painting and showed some of his films. Claudia Mosely talked about her treehouse building project. Rafi Zarum talked about the meaning of the world.  Daniel Soibleman talked about autism.  Poppy Sebag-Montefiore talked about concepts of touch in Chinese society.  Natasha and Jemma made strawberry jam in the garden.

rachel's cucumber sandwiches jpeg

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Jules, Riv, Dan, Marina, KateRach and Ali

Alex, Neil, Gideon, Devorah

Claudia's talk about building treehouses

Rach, Riv and Natasha making a cake

Elliott and Dalia