Spiro Ark

Registered Charity No 1070926

COVID -19 information!

14/05/2020

The video recording of My Four Weeks of Ramadan in Morocco talk by Michelle Huberman is now available.

07/05/2020

Spiro Ark and Harif invite you to Zoom event:

 

Date: Wednesday 13/05/2020
Time: 19.30 – 21.30

Via Zoom

Location:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3048916337?pwd=TkZ1Q1Bxazh3MWZIOVcrbzlsNW5QZz09

Meeting ID: 304 891 6337 Password: Fez One tap mobile +442034815240,,3048916337#,,1#,326871# United Kingdom +441314601196,,3048916337#,,1#,326871# United Kingdom

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27/04/2020

Yiddish Classes

We are pleased to inform you that you can now enrol to our Yiddish classes which are starting on Wednesday 29th of April.

To find out more and enrol to Not Quite Beginners Class ( 6-7.30pm)  please click here.

For Intermediate class ( 7.45-9.15)  please click here.

Once you enrol online you will be sent a link to Zoom meeting.

Message from Dr Beruriah Wiegand: We start both classes with Yiddish conversation – and we always end with a Yiddish song (accompanied by my guitar) !

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14/04/2020

NEW TERM – Classes via Zoom

We are continuing with our Hebrew and Bible lessons in the next term. Starting on Sunday 19/04/2020. The method of teaching has changed but hopefully not the quality .
Now, you must have more time on your hand so that you can devote more time to your learning (embarking on a new learning journey or continuing or going forward from wherever you are).
Here are the  links for every class. You will find the dates for each course here:

https://www.spiroark.org/event_categories/classes-by-level/

Once you enrol you will be sent the link to Zoom Meeting.

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27/03/20

THE SPIRO ARK PASSOVER SPECIALS

Why is this night different from all other nights?

Because you will be able to enjoy internationally acclaimed wines from some of Israel’s best boutique wineries delivered straight to your door for discounted prices specially reserved for students of the SPIRO ARK.

In these unprecedented times, even if we have to isolate, we should remember the traditions that have carried on for thousands of years and feast on good food and wine to mark the Exodus.

The back-stories to these wineries and their wines are also inspirational. From the Maia and Kishor wineries that employ adults with disabilities and special needs to the world famous Tzora winery run by the only Israeli Master of Wine, Eran Pick. You may prefer to try wine from Israel’s only white wine specialists Sphera, or perhaps a bottle or two from talented winemakers such as Gaby Sadan (Shvo Winery), Rami Naaman, Johny Stern & Bar-Maor.

As you may find you have a little more time on your hands, look at our specials selections to create your perfect case but don’t miss out on making the wine a talking point at your Seder night rather than focusing solely on the plague like situation that we find ourselves in.

We have survived many hardships throughout our history so let’s raise a fine glass or four to us all coming through yet another!

Whether as a gift or for you and your family to enjoy yourselves, we have put together our favourites or you can build your own case.

Ordering is simple.

Tzedakah Case (a choice of wines from the Maia and Kishor Wineries) £99
Tzora Winery Passover Special (a special selection from Israel’s only Master of Wine) £149.99The Super Six (six wines from six of Israel’s best wineries)
£179.99Pesach DIY (choose any of the wines listed below to create your own bespoke order)
TBC
All prices include VAT and delivery within London as well as a personalised message if required. Minimum order 6 bottles. For delivery to other areas or for any queries please contact us for a quote.The Tzedakah Case (K) – £99.99
A percentage of the profits from these wineries are
reinvested into special-needs community projectsKishor Kerem White 2016Kishor Kerem Red 2014Kishor Savant Riesling 2017Maia Mare Red 2018 (V)(price per bottle £16.50)Tzora Winery Special (K) – £149.99
From Israel’s only Master of Wine in conjunction
with the former technical director of Chateau PetrusTzora Judean Hills Red 2018Tzora Judean Hills Blanc 2017(price per bottle £25.00)The Super Six – £179.99
Our favourite bottle for six of Israel’s finest wineries and wine makersSphera First Page 2017Bar-Maor Sauvignon Blanc (V) 2017

Judean Hills Shoresh Blanc (K) 2017

Maia Nostrum (K)(V) 2014

Stern Rotem 2013

Shvo Red 2016

(price per bottle £30.00)

Ordering is simple. Call us on 0208 906 9895 or email

sales@32-34wines.co.uk

(K – Kosher V – Vegan)

Call us on 0208 906 9895 or email sales@32-34wines.co.uk

(K – Kosher V – Vegan)

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26/03/20

Spiro Ark is offering classes on line (Through zoom ) for all levels. Existing students can continue with they classes online via Zoom. If you are a new student who would like to use this time to learn Hebrew online with some amazing people then please enrol to the right course on our Classes page.

For consultation phone the office on 020 7794 4655 or email us on education@spiroark.org

18/03/20

Due to the new restrictions regarding the virus outbreak we have had to postpone some forthcoming events up until the 22nd of April. Please phone the office to find out whether the event you are interested in is going ahead.

All our Hebrew classes continue online. New people who wish to join our classes at any level from April and are happy to study long distance should register by phoning the office.

The Spiro Ark is always on top of the game whether it is Corona or Brexit!

Stay safe, stay at home and learn Hebrew with the Spiro Ark!

 

Upcoming Events

My Four Weeks of Ramadan in Morocco – Illustrated talk by Michelle Huberman
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My Four Weeks of Ramadan in Morocco – Illustrated talk by Michelle Huberman

Price : £10

Harif’s Creative Director Michelle Huberman (pictured in the Sahara) shares
her Jewish perspective of living for four weeks in Fez, Morocco during
Ramadan.
Was it safe or scary?
Hear her illustrated talk followed by Q&A.
 
Date: Wednesday 13/05/2020
Time: 19.30
Venue: Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Norrice Lea, London

  • Cost: £10.00

Our Blog

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. 
 
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