Ahad Ha’am (the pen name of Asher Ginsberg, 1856-1927) is remembered as ‘the father of cultural Zionism’, an epithet that tends to consign him to the past and locate him solely in relation to Theodor Herzl and political Zionism. Dr Brian Klug is interested in taking him out of his historical box and reading him as a resource for thinking about the future. His secularism, his project of Jewish revival, his view of life in the Diaspora, and his overall vision of Judaism, with justice at its heart, have a strong bearing on predicaments we face today. Dr Klug shall approach these topics via an introduction to his life, reflecting on the meaning of his pen name: ‘One of the People’.
About the Speaker:
Dr Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, a member of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. He has published extensively on Jewish identity, antisemitism, Islamophobia, race and related topics. His latest book, Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha’am (Notting Hill Editions), was published in September 2015. Other books include: Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life (Vallentine Mitchell, 2011) and Offence: The Jewish Case (Seagull Books, 2009). He has contributed essays to several books, including ‘Moses: The Significant Other’, in Dynamics of Difference (2015). He is Associate Editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice.
What better way to mark the 80th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman Rabbi, Regina Jonas, in Germany in 1935, and the 40th of the ordination of Jackie Tabick, the first post-war female rabbi in Europe, than by the launch of a new book that creates a testament to women’s involvement in the ‘pulpit’. Edited by Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts & Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah Women Rabbis in the Pulpit – A Collection of Sermons is now available to buy fromwww.lulu.com Published by Kulmus.
BHPS closed its doors for redevelopment in 2011. Now the community is embarking on a new adventure with the opening of our redeveloped, state of the art building which has been our home since 1937.
Brighton architects ZSTa were appointed and today the internal layout of the ‘new’ synagogue offers a large sanctuary, office, library, educational rooms, pastoral care, a social area, kitchen and toilet accommodation over 2 floors. Spaces flow into each other linked by generous foyer spaces and a sculptural staircase that leads to the first floor housing the social area overlooking the sanctuary through large glazing. A series of roof lights have also been installed to provide daylight to all habitable rooms, some with specifically created light shafts to guide the light. The design of the new building also covers sustainable credentials, with well insulated walls and roofs, roof lights to prevent overheating and a heat recovery unit to reduce heating cost and provide good ventilation to all areas
The most important part of the synagogue, the ark where the Torah Scrolls are kept, was an item of absolute importance during the construction process, and now on entering the sanctuary, the visitor is immediately confronted with an impressive ark at the front creating a vivid focal point. It has been built in timber by a creative carpenter in vibrant colours and makes a bold statement in its rainbow hues, about inclusion and diversity, proclaiming a welcoming message to all those, who wish to journey with the community.
Chair, Peter Bennett Speck said, ‘I believe that the new building is a tangible representation of the truly inclusive and progressive vision that Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah has spent the last 15 years tirelessly working towards making a reality for us. I believe every one of us should feel a proud sense of accomplishment for what we have achieved’.
The project itself totally fitted in with BHPS’ ethos of inclusivity and interfaith; the architect, was a German Sikh. The builders were Hungarian Catholics, the carpenter Christian, and the principal of the Building Company (GCS builders ) is married to a Muslim.
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