Dinner cancelled? LSJS provides a takeaway alternative

Educational charity delivers wine and popcorn to guests as accompaniment to online video


One charity was undeterred at having to cancel its fundraising dinner.

The London School of Jewish Studies instead found an alternative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its ground-breaking Susi Bradfield Educational Leadership Programme for women.

It delivered goody-bags of wine and popcorn to the homes of its 120 scheduled guests — and then directed them to an online video made for the occasion.

Some 235 women have graduated from the one-year part-time course which was sponsored by Michael Bradfield in honour of his mother Susi’s 70th birthday.

In the video, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the LSJS president, said: “We have seen so many wonderful Jewish women who have been trained and educated and equipped with the skills to reach out within communities in order to inspire not just women, but everyone.”

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks noted: “The programme has created a whole cadre of women educators to do this remarkable mitzvah — bringing a woman’s voice to the world of Torah which had been lacking for many, many centuries.”

Guests were contacted by telephone afterwards to make pledges.

The college, which already offers some distance learning, is planning to run its adult education courses online in the summer term.

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