Talk: Ashkenazi Judaism

Monday 14th 7:30pm
Park Row Synagogue

Rabbi Mark Daniels will be looking at the history and ideologies behind Ashkenazi Judaism: the chassidim, reform, masorti etc. Ashkenazi Judaism developing in Christian Europe has been heavily impacted by the ideologies of the times – especially the thinking of GW Hegel.

Modern Jewish Thought

Modern Jewish Thought
with Michael Picardie

Join Michael at the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm on a journey through the minds and writings of some of the pre-eminent Jewish thinkers of the 20th Century

Thur, 11 February 2016
Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People—New Perspectives on Zionism and Jewish Identity

Thur, 10 March 2016
Martin Buber: I and Thou—Jewish Existentialism and Its Links with Emmanuel Levinas

Thur, 14 April 2016
Richard Rubenstein: After Auschwitz—Post-Holocaust Jewish Theology including the effect of Elie Wiesel’s, Primo Levi’s, Victor Frankl’s, and Anne Frank’s experience and writing

Thur, 12 May 2016
Rav Kook and Daniel Matt in Essential Kabbalah, by Daniel Matt, and Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan—Learning Jewish Meditation through Kabbalah and Yoga, especially exploring the figure of Adam Kadmon / Chava Kadmona.

For more information, please contact Michael Picardie on

All are welcome. Donations also welcome.

Children’s Service: Mishpatim

Children’s Service this Shabbat
Saturday, February 6th

Join us at our gentle parent-led children’s service this Shabbat at Park Row Synagogue.

We’ll be retelling and discussing this week’s Parsha (Torah story), Mishpatim, singing songs, and playing games.  The service will be followed by a small kiddush.

Children of all ages welcome! 

Religion as a Survival Mechanism

René Girard

Dr Richard Johnson, lecturer in Religious Studies for the Open University, will talk to us about Religion as a Survival Mechanism: The influential theory of René Girard on the evolutionary role of religion in containing and regulating human desire and violence.

Monday, the 8th February
7.15pm for 7.30pm

Bristol University Multi-faith Chaplaincy
Woodland Rd.

Contribution of £3.00 for room hire, refreshments, etc. (£2.00 for National CCJ members)

Presented by The Council for Christian and Jews, Avon Branch

Diverse Doors Open Day

The next Open Day at Park Row will be the ‘Diverse Doors Open Day’ on Sunday 28 February 2016.

Organised by the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and hosted by members of our community, this will be an opportunity to visit our beautiful synagogue, and find out more about the building, the history of Jews in Bristol and England, and our services, practices and beliefs.

We will be open to the public from 11am-4pm.

Click to view the event leaflet.

Forced Walks

Honouring Esther

The line of a Nazi Death March transposed and returned. 

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February, Lower Saxony.

Repatriating memories. Making the connections. Generating the resonances.

Join the walk. Take part on foot or online. Thurs/Fri 4 and 5 Feb 2016

A performative walk-in-witness on the original death march route from slave labour camp to death camp. In Germany, 71 years later, to the day.  10 interventions at the same ‘stations’ as the Somerset walk. Resonances.

Richard White and Lorna Brunstein and other walkers will complete follow as far as possible the exact route of the death march into Bergen-Belsen. They invite others to join them on foot and online. Seventy-one years after Esther Brunstein and other survivors of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz were marched at gunpoint from the slave labour camp near Hanover to Belsen, their steps will be retraced.

If you would like to join the walk complete the contact form at the bottom of the page. More information click here

The walk follows the same model as the walk in Somerset actively seeking to generate human rights resonances.  For second and third generation survivors, liberators, perpetrators and witnesses as well as those more recently exiled and dispossessed by war and prejudice, the walk offers a space for moments of reconnection, reconciliation, reflection and solidarity. Given the welcome extended by Germany to refugees these resonances will be strong.

The walk will remind us that a refugee’s journey continues until they find safety and a welcome and a sense of belonging. For many it is a life long search. In the end we are all migrants and we all need safety, security, love and friendship.

A Talk from Jonathan Arkush

A Talk from Jonathan Arkush,
President of the Board of Deputies
28 January

This year, at the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation (BWPJC) AGM, which will be held on Thursday, 28 January, 2016, at 7pm, Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies, will be speaking.

He will be speaking first thing and “BWPJC business” will be discussed afterward. The BWPJC Council would like to extend an invitation to all of the Bristol Hebrew Congregation to join them to hear Mr. Arkush speak at 7pm on the evening (there will be some light refreshments during a short break afterward prior to moving on to the synagogue-specific business).

For more information please contact the BWPJC community here:

Tu BiShvat

Join us for a family walk, Tu Bishvat walk in the woods. BYOpicnic to share with others in Leigh Woods and celebrate the New Year of the Trees.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27th every year, which is the date when the death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated in 1945. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is “Don’t Stand By.”

For more information visit here.

Light, Camera, Lokshen!

‘Only Human’

August 14th 2014
Park Row Synagogue

Bristol Hebrew Congregation is pleased to announce its first event in a monthly series of film nights.

Curated by Simon Weintroub – a Bristol-based lecturer in film and television studies, and filmmaker – who will scour the world for the best in Jewish film.

August’s choice is the wonderful Spanish farce, ‘Only Human‘, which follows a colourful family during its Friday night dinner with catastrophic and hilarious results.

Simon will briefly introduce each film, and close the evening with a discussion and Q&A session. And, of course, there will be freshly made popcorn and drinks available!

Entry £4, includes popcorn