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Date(s) - 17/10/2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Northern Learning House is an informal network of Reform individuals in communities in the north and beyond who want to commit to learning and supporting their communities. Run by Sherry Ashworth and Sarita Robinson the NLH is funded by Reform Judaism’s Community Development Fund. Places are heavily subsidised to a registration fee of £60 per year which covers not only as many courses as you have time to take, but also a residential Shabbat where you can meet fellow students, as a considerable part of our teaching is online, in order to extend our reach as far as possible.

The NLH is designed as a 2- year programme however can be completed in one year if you wish.  As the NLH is completely designed to respond to the needs of our communities none of the courses are obligatory – if you wish to pick and mix modules from each year, or just choose one, you are more than welcome to simply register and indicate which course(s) you would like to do. Only Term one courses (for years 1 & 2) are currently open for bookings.

Year 1

  • Term one Introduction to Service Leading
  • Term two consists of a residential Shabbat for practical experience and other mentor-led practical opportunities, including field trips.
  • Term three is for study, such as improving Hebrew. All students will be assigned a Rabbi mentor.

Year 2

  • Term one Writing Divrei Torah & Leading Shivah and Pastoral Care
  • Term two comprises a residential Shabbat and leyning both for beginners and intermediate
  • Term three is for Empowering Jewish Practice

Anyone can apply to be a student but he or she will be expected to have a degree of familiarity with the Shabbat services and Hebrew. This course is also suitable for those who already lead services but wish to improve knowledge and confidence.

No particular minhag (custom) is taught – students will be trained for their own communities, although successful students should be able to help at other communities too.

If you want an introduction to service leading, or if you want to deepen your service leading skills – or, indeed, if you would like some mid-level, practical Jewish education – we have courses for you.


Year 1 course

Introduction to Service Leading Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers Online
Tuesdays 17 October

31 October

14 November

21 November

28 November

12 December



Year 2 courses

Writing Divrei Torah Rabbi Warren Elf Online
Wednesdays 18 October

25 October

1 November

8 November

7 – 8 pm



Leading Shiva and Pastoral Care Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky Online or Menorah
Wednesdays 15 November

22 November

29 November

6 December

7pm – 9pm

(Possibly shorter if online)

If you have any enquiries, please email Sherry –

Please register below.


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