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Chagigah Programme 16th June

Chagigah is our biennial celebration of Reform Judaism. Chagigah means just that: a celebration. It reflects the special atmosphere we will create over a weekend away, celebrating Reform Judaism and being part of something bigger.  We look forward to welcoming you as one big Community for Chagigah 2018, 22-24 June at Eastwood Hall near Nottingham.

New for 2018 we are introducing a camping option in the grounds of the hotel! So if you fancy sleeping under the stars and have a tent this could be for you – meals will be inside with everyone together and it’s June so hopefully will be beautifully warm…. 

Chagigah Programme 16th June
Last Chagigah we launched our Re-imagining Leadership Initiative through which over 170 leaders have been trained. Our Communities that Care initiative has been directly responsible for raising awareness to the issues of loneliness and isolation and creating care teams in at least 2 of our communities. This year as well as continuing the development of those initiatives we have listened to, and worked with, our communities to launch our newest Initiative: Re-Imagining Leadership: Money for Values- Re-thinking Synagogues’ Finance

Communities that Care

This initiative gives your community the opportunity to revolutionise welfare provision- for all ages and all needs.

While we carry on our work on loneliness and isolation, at Chagigah 2018 we will launch the next stage. Lay and professional welfare teams from all our communities have already started shaping the future of this initiative – Is your community part of it?

Who should be on the team?: members of care/ chesed committees, clergy and members who passionate about care in their communities.

Need help building your care team for Chagigah? Please let us know

Re-Imagining Leadership:
Money for Values- Re-thinking Synagogues' Finance

Our synagogues all rely on the same membership model.  As culture and society changes, so do our communities, one of the effects is on our financial sustainability. Is this model still fit for purpose?

This initiative will help synagogue teams discover what the other options are, what the future may look like with our current model and interrogate the world of synagogue finance which includes mission driven budgeting, alternative models for membership fees and fundraising.

We are delighted to be joined by Rabbi Lou Feldstein from the Reform Movement in the USA and an expert in synagogue finance.

Who should be on the team?: clergy, visionaries, financially savvy people, paid staff, council members, people with hunger for change and track record of achievements, people who can network and create relationships.

Need help building your Re-thinking Synagogues’ Finance team for Chagigah? Please let us know

Beit Midrash


“God looks into the Torah and created the world. Human beings look into Torah and sustain the world.”

How can we look into Torah to help us try to make sense of the world?

Come join a deep text study community over Chagigah. Using methods such as chavrutah (partner study), we will sit in a beit midrash (house of study) environment, surrounded by books to support our study.

The sessions will build on each other, creating a layered journey through Torah by exploring different classical commentators on Torah, as well as Rabbinic literature such as Talmud, Midrash, and Chassidut.

Embark on a journey together with other Reform Jews, of skill building and of deepening your personal relationship with Torah, each other, and the world.

Who should come along?: Anyone who is eager and willing to throw themselves into an immersive text environment, no matter your background, skills, or experience.

Discovering New Paths in Congregational Education

Being together for this weekend gives us a unique opportunity to share expertise and establish an educational vision for your community. In collaboration with Leo Baeck College we will focus on demographics, becoming communities of learners, and thinking beyond the ordinary conversations. How are others innovating? How are communities facing the challenges you are encountering? What would young-people’s learning look like if we did away with Cheder and started again? How might we have the biggest impact? How do we offer a lifetime’s journey of learning? What developments have been made in the teaching of Hebrew for all ages? Nowhere else do we have the time and space to come together to think about these important issues, and we hope to return home with new ideas, resources, passion, and a network of support as we move forward!

Who should be on the team?: We would love to be having these central conversations with Heads, Education Directors, Chairs, lay reps for education, teachers, parents and everyone concerned with achieving the most in our communities educational journey. This is not just for educators but everyone wanting to create an exciting, dynamic community that learns together.

Need help building your education team for Chagigah? Contact

Chagigah Programme 16th June

Communities who gain the most are those who come as a team. Let’s start thinking about who that team is for YOUR community. Caring is not just the rabbi or welfare officer,  finance is not just the treasurer and education is not just for educators. Teams could be anything from 2-6 people, but all individuals who would like to come and explore are more than welcome.

Amit, Sarita and the Initiatives’ teams are here to assist you build your teams. If you are from a small community we will twin you  so you can support each other on your learning journey.

For answers to all your Chagigah questions click here. We can’t wait to see you there,

Sarita Robinson & Amit Handelsman

Chagigah co-chairs and Reform Judaism Community Partners


Single rooms are extremely limited so we would really appreciate you sharing (in a twin) wherever possible.

For more information or any questions about Chagigah 2018 please email

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