Series on Prayer

Monday 9th May

Every Monday evening from Mon 9th May, Rabbi Mark Daniels will start looking at the philosophy of prayer and move on to looking at the structure of the service and the more important prayers, their meanings, history and the customs around them.

All welcome

Maimonides Part 2

Monday 11th April at 7.30pm
Park Row Synagogue
Admission free.

Moses Maimonides Part II

Rabbi Mark Daniels will be delivering the second of his talks on Monday evening on the works of Moses Maimonides, where he will be examining sections of the Rambam’s magnum opus on Jewish law and philosophy, The Mishneh Torah.

Written over 900 years ago, this great work is still regarded as a key text In Jewish studies.

This class is suitable for adults at every level of knowledge. Everyone welcome.

Refreshments will be provided.

Matza, Maror & Music

Sunday 10th April from
12.30 – 4pm
£5 per adult

A series of talks from some of the brightest sparks from The Judith Lady Montefiore College

Subjects include:
• History of the Seder
• Bread of affliction
• Modern day meaning of the Exodus from Egypt
• Music of Pesach and the Haggadah
• Jewish liberation theology
• Pesach Kashering

Timetable of events to be confirmed. For more information please contact our Rabbi here.


Maimonides Part I

Monday April 4th. 8pm
Park Row Synagogue

Come along to Park Row Synagogue tonight to hear Rabbi Daniels illuminate sections of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah: his magnum opus of all that one needs to know about Judaism (other than the bible).

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) was the leading Rabbi & Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages: his other great works include the Guide for the Perplexed and his commentary on the Mishnah. He was a doctor at the court of Saladin in Cairo.

This is Part 1 of a fascinating 2 part series, all welcome.

Purim Party & Megillah Reading

Wednesday March 23
5.30pm Purim Party for Children
7pm Megillah reading
Adults £10, children 6 and over £3, under 5s free!
Please note, the Megillah reading is free.

Starting at 5.30pm, dress up and bring your children for a festival of making, shaking, booing, hissing, singing, dancing and feasting. There will be food from 5.30, (falafel, pitta, hummus, salad and the children’s own delicious home-made hamantaschen), and we will be making shakers and noise-makers (to be used during the Megillah reading at 7pm) with our artists in the Frank Cohen Hall. The musicians among us will be playing live music until…

At 7pm Rabbi Mark Daniels will be reading the Megillah in our beautiful synagogue. All are welcome and this will be followed by a delicious buffet provided by Bristol’s own Falafel King. (There’ll be falafel, pitta, hummus, salads, and beer (for the parents)!)

We hope to see you there! And remember, dress up!!!

Once again we are collecting for the ‘East Bristol Food Bank’, in the Purim tradition of giving gifts of food, mishloach manot.  Please bring donations (unopened, non-perishable food items) either to the party.

Talk: Sefardi Judaism

Monday 28th 7:30pm
Park Row Synagogue

A look at the geographical varieties of Sefardi/Mizrachi Judaism. Unlike their ideological Ashkenazi brethren, the sefardim differ by geography – Syrian judaism is very different from Egyptian and differ again from both the North Africans and the Spanish & Portuguese. A brief look at their history and differences.

Image from Wikipedia.

Talk: Ashkenazi Judaism

Monday 14th 7:30pm
Park Row Synagogue

Rabbi Mark Daniels will be looking at the history and ideologies behind Ashkenazi Judaism: the chassidim, reform, masorti etc. Ashkenazi Judaism developing in Christian Europe has been heavily impacted by the ideologies of the times – especially the thinking of GW Hegel.

Modern Jewish Thought

Modern Jewish Thought
with Michael Picardie

Join Michael at the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm on a journey through the minds and writings of some of the pre-eminent Jewish thinkers of the 20th Century

Thur, 11 February 2016
Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People—New Perspectives on Zionism and Jewish Identity

Thur, 10 March 2016
Martin Buber: I and Thou—Jewish Existentialism and Its Links with Emmanuel Levinas

Thur, 14 April 2016
Richard Rubenstein: After Auschwitz—Post-Holocaust Jewish Theology including the effect of Elie Wiesel’s, Primo Levi’s, Victor Frankl’s, and Anne Frank’s experience and writing

Thur, 12 May 2016
Rav Kook and Daniel Matt in Essential Kabbalah, by Daniel Matt, and Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan—Learning Jewish Meditation through Kabbalah and Yoga, especially exploring the figure of Adam Kadmon / Chava Kadmona.

For more information, please contact Michael Picardie on

All are welcome. Donations also welcome.

Children’s Service: Mishpatim

Children’s Service this Shabbat
Saturday, February 6th

Join us at our gentle parent-led children’s service this Shabbat at Park Row Synagogue.

We’ll be retelling and discussing this week’s Parsha (Torah story), Mishpatim, singing songs, and playing games.  The service will be followed by a small kiddush.

Children of all ages welcome! 

Religion as a Survival Mechanism

René Girard

Dr Richard Johnson, lecturer in Religious Studies for the Open University, will talk to us about Religion as a Survival Mechanism: The influential theory of René Girard on the evolutionary role of religion in containing and regulating human desire and violence.

Monday, the 8th February
7.15pm for 7.30pm

Bristol University Multi-faith Chaplaincy
Woodland Rd.

Contribution of £3.00 for room hire, refreshments, etc. (£2.00 for National CCJ members)

Presented by The Council for Christian and Jews, Avon Branch