BLT (Bushey Learns Together)

BLT Learning Opportunities

The autumn 2018 series has now finished, but the programme below gives what was on offer. It is proposed to run another series in spring 2019.

There were 2 sessions each night:

Guest Keynote Speakers

  • ‘Israel at 70: Challenges and Opportunities’ with an Israeli Special Counsel Rep
  • ‘In An Age Of Walls’ with Tim Marshall
  • ‘Medical Ethics’ with Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz
  • ‘Chevra Kaddisha & Jewish Burial’ with Nicole Duke
  • ‘From Mass to Mikva’ with Philippa Gubbay

2nd Session – choose from

  • FAQs in Halacha with Rabbi Dovid Tugendhaft
  • Jewflix with Rebbetzen Jacqueline
  • Talmudic Topics with Leading Guest Rabbis
  • Hebrew Reading Crash Course with Rabbi Elchonon (Guaranteed in 5 weeks!)

About the Speakers

Special Guest Speaker

Israel is at the very centre of public interest, yet at the same time, it has never been more difficult to separate truth from fiction regarding the realities within the country and its effect on the international stage. Join us for an insider’s expert view of Israel today and what it means for us in the UK.

Tim Marshall

Having worked at Sky News for almost 25 years, including as Diplomatic Editor, Tim Marshall is one of the UK’s most respected journalists. He now provides expert analysis of foreign news and international diplomacy for the BBC, LBC and Sky News.

Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz

Rabbi Tatz is a senior lecturer at the JLE and is an internationally recognised authority on Jewish philosophy, medical ethics and mysticism. He is the author of numerous books and is one of the great leading Jewish thinkers and speakers.

Nicole Duke

Nicole is the women’s representative for the US Burial Society, and deals with challenging bereavement issues day and night. She was awarded a 2015 London Borough of Barnet Civic Award “in recognition of her dedication and tireless voluntary work”.

Philippa Gubbay

Philippa worked in media for 10 years before becoming Jewish, raising a large family and retraining as a teacher after nine years at home. She regularly speaks about her conversion and her journey to Judaism.

Write-ups of previous learning experiences can be found in Past Events. A selection are also shown here, from newest to oldest.

BLT Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz on ‘Medical Ethics’

Leaping towards Pesach with Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz on the pre Pesach experience

Engage 2nd session with Sassy Reuvein on ‘Operation Thunderbolt – The Miracle at Entebbe’

Engage, with the Chief Rabbi where we were honoured to welcome Chief Rabbi Mirvis. He spoke on ‘The Omer, from tears to joy’

BLT – Lord Finkelstein with Lord Daniel Finkelstein – ‘Six things I believe’

BLT – Melvyn Hartog with Melvyn Hartog, Head of the US’s Burial Society on ‘Talking about death won’t kill you!’

BLT Presents Alex Brummer with Alex Brummer  on ‘the role of UNWRA’

BLT – Hermie Rothman – Hitler’s Will with Hermie Rothman on his involvement with ‘Hitler’s Will’

BLT Film – Crossing the Line A student evening at Bushey: Is it all academic? Students from London based universities discussed the film, ‘Crossing the Line‘

BLT Autumn 2014 – Nik Frank with Nik Frank on ‘My Father – The Nazi’

Former Mayor of Sderot with former Mayor of Sderot, David Bouskila, on the harsh reality of life with Gazan rockets and terror at all times

Science and the Bible at Odds with Professor Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jewish physicist, author, lecturer and teacher from Jerusalem who focuses on what he perceives to be an inherent relationship between science and spirituality

Rabbi Richards Interviews Nicky Larkin for BLT with Nicky Larkin describing how he went to the Middle-East to shoot a film on the Arab-Israel conflict

BLT Week 3 – Crisis in the Middle East? with Neil Lazarus on 

BLT Week 2 – From the Profits of the Law to the Law of the Prophets with Deputy District Judge Rev Shlomo Kreiman with being a criminal judge in Magistrate courts and a tribunal judge for the Department of Works and Pensions

BLT Week 1 – Shechita with Shimon Cohen