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A little reminder – Please join us, Thursday May 9th – From Moses to Modernity!

Following the very successful and enlightening February talk on Islam with Dr Chris Hewer, we are now on to the second of our talks on diversity within the three Abrahamic faiths.  We can promise you enlightenment and amusement as our highly talented speaker, Clive Lawton, takes us from right to left and back again through the realms of ultra orthodox to highly progressive Judaism. We will cover the long road from Moses to Modernity (but don’t worry, there will be a break for Jewish delicacies and Israeli wine!).

Let Clive give you a flavour of his fascinating talk with his words below:

“Two Jews – Three Opinions: When Argument is a Virtue”

“Jews are an argumentative lot, going all the way back to the Bible. Some might be surprised to know that there is a whole Jewish doctrine of argument, valuing it and building it into the very heart of what it is to be a Jew. Many will know the Jewish joke about the Jew stranded on a desert island being rescued after 20 years. The rescuer notices he’s built a home and two synagogues and asks, why two? The castaway answers ‘The one I pray at; the other I wouldn’t be seen dead at’. 

Like all good jokes this carries a deep truth, startling for many who believe that finding agreement and working through consensus is the best way forward. By the end of this session, those present, both Jews and non-Jews will understand better why Jews argue and when it’s a good thing.”

The event is at The Wimbledon Synagogue , 1 Queensmere Road, off Wimbledon Parkside, London SW19 5QD and will start at 7.30pm. It would be very helpful both for refreshments and security to know if you are coming, and please do bring friends who may be interested in this and other CCJ events – so please let Anita Wilson know :  

With best wishes from me and my co-chair Reverend Andrew Williams, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for a great evening on Thursday May 9th.

James Leek

Co-Chair South West London & Dittons CCJ