Or Chadash (meaning "new light"), is our course for those who wish to explore conversion to Judaism or wish for confirmation of Jewish status.The group meets weekly on a weekday evening for Jewish Studies, and we also provide classes for learning Hebrew at other times. Our Jewish Studies course is taught by Rabbi Thomas and our Head of Education, Nick Young, and covers Jewish lifecycle, the yearly festival cycle, Jewish history, Prayer book Hebrew, and of course, a familiarising and appreciation of our ancient and modern texts.
It is a dynamic and questioning group and welcoming to new recruits. We also encourage members of the class to attend the Shabbat morning intergenerational education classes called Torah Breakfasts, where they will learn more and meet other members of the synagogue.
Jewish partners are welcomed at all our classes and we ask our students to attend Shabbat and festival services during the course of the year. Students at the end of their class may go through either the Liberal or Reform Rabbinic Boards to become Jewish.