Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum

Autumn Lecture Series in Preview

Posted by Admin on July 30, 2007

We are proud to announce the programme for our autumn lectures.

This series of lectures will explore some of the key issues facing Jews in the contemporary world. Our guest speakers include some of the leading intellectual figures in Anglo-Jewry.

Our first event, which will be held on Sunday 16th September at Giffnock Synagogue Banqueting Suite, will take the form of a balloon debate, in which participants will look at how the community plans for the future. The issue to under discussion is:

“Turn the clock forward 10 years, and please tell the community why you will still exist and why your services will still be required?”

The idea is to celebrate some of the many positive things in the Glasgow Jewish Community. Each organisation’s representative will speak for a maximum of five minutes and say what part they will play in the Community in ten years time, and how the organisation’s contribution in a decade will be important. After that there will be three specific questions to each organisation.

Refreshments will then follow. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for some general questions and a vote (by secret ballot) will then be taken, not with a view to disposing of organisations, but as to which group has made the most impressive presentation. This will be followed by the announcement of the winner and the organisation will receive a memento.

The following communal organisations have so far agreed to take part:

Calderwood Lodge, Reform Synagogue, Wizo, UJIA, Youth Forum and JLGB.

We are currently involved in discussions with other communal organisations regarding the remaining places for the debate.

On Thursday 11th October Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director of JCORE – Jewish Council for Racial Equality, will discuss the role of the organisation in promoting race equality education.

On Sunday 11th November Antony Lerman, Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, will examine the issue of contemporary anti-Semitism in the UK.

On Wednesday 28th November Clive Lawton, Executive Director of Limmud and Trustee of Tzedek, and Dr Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, will consider Jewish identity in the modern world.

We also have plans for other events and lectures which will be announced in due course.

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