Spiro Ark

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Upcoming Events

Behind the headlines: Iran, Israel and the Jews – An illustrated talk by David Nissan
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Behind the headlines: Iran, Israel and the Jews – An illustrated talk by David Nissan

Price : £10 Contact: 02077944655

Iran is constantly in the news. What are its motivations? Where is it heading? This is a rare opportunity to hear David Nissan, an expert on Middle East politics based in Israel, give us a clear and objective overview of the situation in Iran, of the Jews still living there

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‘A ‘New Woman’ for a New State? Illustrated talk by Dr. Anne Summers
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‘A ‘New Woman’ for a New State? Illustrated talk by Dr. Anne Summers

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Spiro Ark and Meretz UK jointly invite you to Mark International Women’s Day by attending a presentation 
A ‘New Woman’ for a New State?
Illustrated talk by Dr. Anne Summers
 
The British launch of the Federation of Women Zionists in 1919 and of WIZO in
1920 represented a challenge

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ARK AND BIMAH IN THE SYNAGOGUES OF EARLY MODERN EUROPE, 1550 TO 1800 by Dr Gordon Higgott
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ARK AND BIMAH IN THE SYNAGOGUES OF EARLY MODERN EUROPE, 1550 TO 1800 by Dr Gordon Higgott

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ARK AND BIMAH IN THE SYNAGOGUES OF EARLY MODERN EUROPE, 1550 TO 1800, lecture by Dr Gordon Higgott
 
The ark and bimah are unique to Jewish architecture. The ark, or echal, is the large cabinet for the Torah scrolls, and the bimah, or tevah, is the enclosed platform for

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Striving for Perfection by Colin Jaque – Book event
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Striving for Perfection by Colin Jaque – Book event

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Striving for Perfection looks at the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and the history leading up to that important event to find
the date when it actually happened and for the first time proving 
that it accords with the well documented history of Egypt and investigating the relationship with

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Spring Term 2020

We have the dates for Hebrew and Yiddish courses starting January 2020.
Book your course now!
 

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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Testimonials

Nitza contacted me in late spring last year, soon after the launch of my book, Jerusalem on the Amstel, in Jewish Book Week. She said she liked my enthusiasm during the hour-long event, where I talked about how in Amsterdam out of a group of Iberian New Christians, a whole new type of Jewish community came into existence. Well, over the phone, I was moved by the passion and conviction in Nitza’s voice to promote Jewish thought and a Jewish sense of identity, in an age when pride in one’s ancestral culture is often swept away by the force of assimilation. When we finally met, we found another unequivocal link – that is our immigrant identity. Some decades apart, we both found ourselves as outsiders in Britain and we had to make sense of our heritage and yet belong to the mainstream culture. Just like the New Christians-turned-Jews in seventeenth century Amsterdam. It’s our quest for identity that binds us together, I believe this is the beginning of a long friendship.     Lipika Pelham , author of Jerusalem on the Amstel
Lipika Pelham and professor Ben Kaplan
Photo by Vanya
Audience at the Jerusalem on the Amstel book event organised by the Spiro Ark
Photo by Vanya
 
Jerusalem on the Amstel - book event organised by the Spiro Ark
Photo by Vanya
We  enjoy the great relationship we have with you and are so pleased that Spiro are using our shul for its classes and events. 
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