Spiro Ark

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Upcoming Events

CITY OF DEVILS  – A Shanghai Noir
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CITY OF DEVILS – A Shanghai Noir

Price : £10

Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019
Time: 19.30
Venue: Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue,
Norrice Lea, London , N2 0RE
Tickets: £10
 
SPIRO ARK AND HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB SYNAGOGUE
INVITE YOU TOCITY OF DEVILS
A  S h a n g h a i  N o i rA BOOK EVENT WITH THE

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Film Screening: My Michael
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Film Screening: My Michael

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 SPIRO ARK INVITES YOU TO THE SCREENING OF
 
MY MICHAEL 
DIRECTED BY DAN WOLMAN
 

My Michael is a sensitive film set in the divided city of Jerusalem of the early
1950’s. It tells the story of a tormented Hannah and her stolid, dutiful husband, Michael.
Hannah, tries

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Book Launch: The Baghdadi Jews in India
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Book Launch: The Baghdadi Jews in India

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Spiro Ark , HGSS and Harif invite you to the book launch of
The Baghdadi Jews in India
Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity
With Professor Shalva Weil and Dr Sara Manasseh
This important book, published in July 2019 by Routledge, will have its UK launch in the presence

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Jerusalem on the Amstel
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Jerusalem on the Amstel

Price : £10 Contact: 02077944655

Date: Wednesday 15th January 2020
Time: 19.30
Venue: Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Norrice Lea,
London , N2 0RE
Tickets: £10
The story of the Iberian New Christians-turned-Jews settling in Amsterdam carries a timely relevance in the modern world where in recent decades a great many people have been displaced from

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Our Blog

Students’ feedback from Hebrew Shabbat Class

I just love my Saturday mornings at the LJS – class full of wonderful information and laughter.   I have learnt so much from Nitza , about Hebrew of course, but also about language origins, history, humanity and life.   NItza is an inspiring teacher with a wealth of knowledge […]

Example of Homework – Advanced

We think it is important to share homework of our students because it illustrate the wonderful progress the have made of the years. 
This is a lovely written text by one of our advance students. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Example of Homework – Advanced student C.S.

תאונתנו
ביום ג נסענו במכונית אישתי, והיא נהגה. נסענו בכיוון אחד בכביש, והתקרבנו לרחוב משמאלנו. מכונית אחרה התקרבה לנו מהכוון הנגדי. ברגע שהיינו בצומת היא פתאום פנתה ימינה והיה בלתי אפשרי לעצור. החזית של מכוניתנו היכתה את צד המכונית האחרת. היה פיצוץ ושקי האוויר התפרצו כשתוכננו, והיכו אותנו בחזותינו. היה

Testimonials

Please click here for the audio version of this feedback.   What is the highlight of my week?  It’s the 2 hours of learning Ivrit with Nitza at Spiro Ark.  Do not be surprised at this for I shall explain.  As an adult non-examination class, we are not bound by the strictures of a prescribed curriculum and Nitza takes full advantage of this.  As a highly experienced and knowledgeable educator, Nitza is aware of the various topics which students commonly find difficult.  No matter how many times we make mistakes, Nitza’s patience is endless. In a 2 hour lesson we might begin by talking about what we did last week, The range of vocabulary relates to us as adults in our real lives and therefore is significant.  Nitza makes it even more real by using those spoken sessions to highlight grammar and spelling.  Nitza then encourages us to ask questions of each other on the new vocabulary.  It’s a great interactive way to learn.  Nitza has very useful spelling hints using visual cues – I will always know which ‘ch’ letter is in the verb to eat!  In any lesson, we could be learning about the impact of biblical Hebrew and even Aramaic on modern Ivrit.  Language evolves and Nitza is also careful to teach us modern new Ivrit idioms and sayings.  As Nitza is a native Ivrit speaker, we don’t just learn the words, we practise saying them as Israelis ie with the correct accent and emphasis.     Although language learning is primarily for spoken communication, there is also emphasis on ‘book work’ and homework.  In addition, time permitting (!) at home I follow Nitza’s suggestion to use the mobile phone to read aloud a passage which we had read in class in order to gain fluency.  Now this might sound like it’s all jolly hard work.  NO.  There’s a great deal of humour, laughter and fun in our fantastic class not only from Nitza’s wonderful teaching but also I appreciate my classmates as we all learn from each other.    Nitza is very careful to ensure that each of us is fully engaged in the lesson.  Finally, the age old question: why learn a foreign language?  Scientific research indicates that, for adults, foreign language learning opens up new neural connections, resulting in improved cognitive benefits and enhancement of brain power.    Whilst the lessons are serious, wonderful and joyful, there’s also the hidden healthy brain benefit!  Nitza, I look forward to and love coming to your class.  Thank you, Malka  
I’ve grown frustrated over the last few years that my hebrew speaking and writing abilities are very poor.  I finally decided to do something about it in October 2018 when I enrolled for my first term at the Spiro Ark ulpan.  The course, taught by the incredibly talented and multifaceted Nitza, was a revelation.  From going to the first lesson as a very unsure and non-confident person I am now in my third term and I can see that my abilities have grown leaps and bounds.  Nitza makes the lessons fun and informative and has such original ways to make you remember the material.  It’s also become a family activity and a way my kids can see that just as they have to study for their exams their mother has to study too!  (It’s great for learning with my son doing GCSE hebrew).  I can’t recommend Spiro Ark enough.  You are sure to gain by immersing yourself in Nitza’s lessons.  I certainly have.  I have so much gratitude to Nitza for giving my brain a workout and making hebrew really come alive. Melanie
I’ve grown frustrated over the last few years that my hebrew speaking and writing abilities are very poor.  I finally decided to do something about it in October 2018 when I enrolled for my first term at the Spiro Ark ulpan.  The course, taught by the incredibly talented and multifaceted Nitza, was a revelation.  From going to the first lesson as a very unsure and non-confident person I am now in my third term and I can see that my abilities have grown leaps and bounds.  Nitza makes the lessons fun and informative and has such original ways to make you remember the material.  It’s also become a family activity and a way my kids can see that just as they have to study for their exams their mother has to study too!  (It’s great for learning with my son doing GCSE hebrew).  I can’t recommend Spiro Ark enough.  You are sure to gain by immersing yourself in Nitza’s lessons.  I certainly have.  I have so much gratitude to Nitza for giving my brain a workout and making hebrew really come alive. Melanie
Nitza and Robin are truly wonderful people who organised exceptionally and were beyond welcoming. They were hugely passionate and complimentary about the book and the topic; I really can’t speak highly enough of them or of Spiro Ark. Jack Omer Jackaman, author of The Impact of Zionism and Israel on Anglo-Jewry’s Identity, 1948-1982: Caught Somewhere Between Zion and Galut
Nutritional interpretations and Symbolism of Passover’s traditional food
Many thanks for such a lovely session at lunchtime. It was a terrific talk, steeped in history and custom. I particularly enjoyed the marriage with food (as well as humor)!   Roy Ballam Managing Director and Head of Education British Nutrition Foundation