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winter/spring Season 2014 Secrets & surprises

The new postcode for Jewish life

SENIORS Check out these highlights from our stimulating and diverse programme.


Welcome to our Winter/ spring Season at JW3 We are excited to offer you a wide selection of events, classes and workshops carefully put together based on your feedback, your suggestions, past successes and… a few surprises. The theme of the next few months is Secrets and Surprises – dropping into JW3 will take you on a pleasant and enriching journey, discovering the secrets and surprises you hold within yourself. Learn, enjoy and empower yourself. So what do we have in store for you? From the comfort of the JW3 classrooms we take you on a virtual journey to the West End’s Opera season, to Amsterdam’s museums, to Israel’s desert, music and history, to the Theatre, the Author’s desk, the Library, the Temple of Fine Wines, a discovery of the texts of tradition and your own

development, and to a journey back in time when refugees from Europe came to the cafés of Finchley Strasse. We have weekly drop-in sessions with mind-expanding games, and a workshop series where, with the help of experts in the field, we explore ways of how to adjust to new situations and new stages in life. We have workshops where we create something useful for needy children and, uniquely, we look forward to students from the South Hampstead High school teaching the cutting-edge new ways of social networking. In this leaflet you’ll find a small taste of what’s on offer at JW3. Talking of taste do come and join us – and let’s meet up in the ZEST café!

Tickets 020 7433 8988

season’s Highlights Tuesdays 25 February, 4, 25 March, 1 April

How To... Age: Four Workshops revealing practical solutions 2-3pm, FREE Dr Harold Davis, Faye McCann, Gaby Morris, Guido Rauch How To... Look good 25th February Faye Layton-McCann from Skin 3 and the Institute for Anti-Ageing has amassed a wealth of experience from her work in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and the beauty industry and is a lecturer at the London School of Beauty. Goodie bags included! How To… Write your own history March 4 Dr. Harold Davis was curious about his family tree and background. Here he shares with you how to go about researching your own family history and publishing it. How To... Make changes March 25 Gaby Morris from Riverside Cares speaks about the Sandwich Generation: how to juggle life between one’s own children and elderly parents, care in the home, standards and Jewish values. Ideal for children and their elderly parents! How To... Invest your money 1 April Banker Guido Rauch (Senior Management UBS, BNP, IST Asset Management) talks about how you can make your money work for you.

Tuesday 11 March

Amateurs and A-listers: Empowering your Fabulous Self 2-4pm, £10 Franceen Brodkin In this interactive pilot workshop, Franceen Brodkin will bring one or two famous literary moments – (e.g. from Shakespeare’s King Lear or Ibsen’s Nora) into our own lives and experiences. Reading a scene or monologue aloud, we will re-enact them and discuss the issues raised. Franceen Brodkin has worked extensively with older age groups in the US, Canada and the UK on creative skills, improving memory and concentration and boosting self-confidence, within a positive, fun group experience.


Tuesdays 11, 18 March

Sunday 16 March

A warm blanket – Helping the Needy

Drink and be Merry: The Temple of Fine Wines

2-4pm, £2 contribution

6-7.30pm, £10

Monica Russel

Alistair Viner

Join us in creating together a knitted blanket for the Tikva Orphanage in Odessa and refugees from Syria. Under the experienced guidance of Monica Russel (from “The Knit Knacks”) we will each knit a square designed by yourself, experimenting with different colours and patterns to create an amazing gift for children in need.

A bottle of wine for £120,000? From the vineyards of Ancient Israel, to the Rothschild estates in Rishon Lezion, to the boutique wineries of today, Alistair Viner (formerly of Harrods, now at Hedonism in Mayfair) invites us to an educational and pleasurable journey of wine making, pricing and tasting. Alistair reflects on his experience as head buyer at Harrods, setting up business in Mayfair and what it takes to choose the best wines from the best regions at the best prices. In vino veritas – come and find out!

Monica Russel runs her own craft business and has published many books on knitting and design. If possible, bring wool.

Thursday 20 March Thursday 13 March

Finchley Strasse


4-5pm, £8

4-5pm, £9 Caroline Marcus Join Caroline Marcus to unlock surprising secrets hidden in Rembrandt’s paintings. Discover links to the artist’s neighbour, Rabbi Menassah ben Israel and find out more surprises about Rembrandt’s life in the heart of 17th Century Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter. Caroline Marcus is a freelance National Gallery lecturer and a consultant in museum and gallery learning.

Michael Berlin Michael Berlin, an urban historian from Birkbeck College shares with us anecdotes and stories based on his third episode of “Journeys Down my Street” (BBC 4), a series in which Michael visits individual streets at the heart of communities where older generations of immigrants settled to make their home. He tells us about Finchley Road, which, with its cafés and restaurants, became the new “zu Hause” of the vast majority of Vienna’s refugees after Austria’s annexation by Hitler.

Tickets 020 7433 8988

our classes Wednesdays 12, 19 February, 5 March

A Morning at the Opera 10-11am, £8 per session or £21 for all 3 sessions

Dr John Lazarus Brighten up your morning with opera excerpts from Covent Garden – no need for the West End – just pop into JW3! Dr. John Lazarus will talk you through the secrets of Mozart Don Giovanni’s (12th February), the musical surprises of Verdi’s Rigoletto (19th February) and the psychology in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites (5th March). John’s credentials as your guide are beyond dispute: a former Principal of the Yehudi Menuhin School, he also wrote “The Opera Handbook”, reprinted five times in the UK alone. Also book: 3 February 2014 JW3 Event with Royal Opera House Director Kasper Holten and screening of Juan.

Thursdays 13, 20 & Wednesday 26 February, 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 3, 10 April

Texts of Tradition – Texts of our Lives 11am-12noon, £5 per session Join our team of outstanding Jewish educators, psychotherapists and rabbis and discover some surprising insights gleaned from episodes and stories told in a variety of Jewish texts. Meet a host of historical characters and discuss events which consider ways of dealing with new stages in life and relationships as components of our growth. Let’s place our own lives in the context of history, embracing and celebrating the challenges which present themselves to all of us daily. FebRUARY 13 Rabbi Rashi Simon FebRUARY 20 Maureen Kendler FebRUARY 26 Rabbi Howard (WEdnesday) Cooper March 6

RABBI Jackie Tabick

March 13 Rabbi Mark Goldsmith March 20

Julie Apfel

March 27

Julie Apfel

April 3

Angela Gluck

April 10

RABBI Jackie Tabick


Thursdays 13, 20, 27 February, 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 3, 10 April

Tuesdays 18, 25 February, 18, 25 March, 1 April

I remember it well

MBE: Mind and Brain Exercises

2–3.30pm, £10 per session or £81 for the term (9 sessions)

1-2pm, £2 per session Eva Burke Did you ever want to get an MBE? Here is your opportunity to get started by sharpening your Mind, your Brain and by Exercising your intellect. Five sessions chock-a-block with brain exercises, memory games, word games, solving brain teasers, puzzles, music and art quizzes. Welcome to our mind gym.

Wednesdays 26 February, 19 March, 9 April

Literary Light-Bites 3-4pm, £5 Helen Harris Join us to share your remarkable story. This series of nine workshops allows you to bring back memories and turn them into creative writing. Helen Harris is an experienced teacher of creative writing and trained in life story writing. Preserving your unique and valuable personal history is a gift to yourself and a surprise to your family. Helen uses enjoyable exercises, memoryjogging questionnaires and professional guidance and support. If you are just joining, please call us – we’ll help you catch-up.

Helen Harris New at JW3, these book sessions with a difference are the perfect pick-me-up. Designed to keep you up to date with the latest publications and the hot topics, each month the group will read and discuss extracts from newly published works – whether fiction or non-fiction – and listen to a short talk about each new writer. No reading is required beforehand. Led by Helen Harris, a published author and teacher with many years’ experience of working with older learners.

Tickets 020 7433 8988

Wednesdays 5, 12, 19, 26 March, 2, 9 April

in the Loop 4.30-5.30pm, £2 per session South Hampstead High school Students Stay in the loop using social networking sites: learn how to tweet, text, Skype, take a picture on Instagram and maybe set up your own Facebook account. Remain young and stay connected with family and friends. Learn about iPads and iPhones – or maybe just how to use a laptop. A group of trained students from South Hampstead High School are your guides to the technological landscape – one-toone, once a week, for however long it takes. Numbers are limited, please book one week in advance. Thursdays 6, 27 March, 3 April

Touring Israel Through Its Archaeology, History, Music, Its Flora and Fauna 4-5pm, £8 per session or £21 for the series (3 sessions) Dr Inbal Ringel, Yaron Shavit With the aid of stunning photos and movies from the Judea desert and the Dead Sea, we will visit Israel’s rugged landscape, meet its animals and plants and explore the grand historic events and heroic stories from past to modern times – meeting Jewish and Christian personalities along the way. In the last session, Yaron will join us on piano and with his unique concert/lecture style will focus on the Mediterranean influence on the music in modern Israel. 6 & 27 March Dr. Inbal Ringel 3 April Yaron Shavit

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