On 30 May – on what would have been his 93rd birthday – we will celebrate the life of Rabbi John Rayner by studying his work during an evening of learning. We will also learn about progress on the John Rayner archive project.
The evening will start at 18.45 with an Erev Shavu’ot service, followed by a communal chavurah supper and cheesecake competition. Then, in her keynote address, Rabbi Alexandra Wright will talk about Rabbi Rayner’s influential role at The LJS.
From 23.00 until midnight there will be two options: ‘John Rayner’s Ethics’ by Rabbi Rachel Benjamin; and ‘John Rayner as Historian of Judaism’ by Rabbi David Goldberg.
At 00.15 Rabbi René Pfertzel will give a presentation on the first results of the John Rayner Project. Then, at 01.15, those who want to join West London Synagogue for a night of continuing study will be able to leave.