Another huge success for Stanmore Academy
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Thursday 12th November 2020

Stanmore & Canons Park Synagogue just concluded its three-week Stanmore Academy series, with huge success. The Stanmore Academy was Rabbi Daniel Fine's brainchild back in June - a way of structuring and marketing Jewish education, with help from the CCE fund.

“We saw that the novelty of Zoom was wearing off, so we felt the next step was to create a structured programme that people could gain something concrete from,” Rabbi Fine said.

In June, the Stanmore Academy featured three 4-week courses: Marriage with Rivka Zeidman, Parenting under Pressure with Rabbi Herman, and Contemporary Halacha with Rabbi Manning. To add some current affairs keynotes they also had Lord Pannick, Lord Finkelstein and Karen Harris.

“We had an average of 25 people for each course - far more than we would have got in person, and then another 25 watching catch-ups from the recordings. Then for the keynotes another 75 people each session.”

For the recent Stanmore Academy, they went up a level - they decided to deliver good to people's homes as part of the experience, and Jonathan Robinson and Jasmine caterers were thus enlisted to deliver around 100 meals for 3 weeks.

This time, the model was a Jewish session followed by a keynote. The first week was Joel Kaye on The Physiology of Gratitude, followed by Sir Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6). The second week was Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein on History of Jewish Dress, followed by Dani Limor of Mossad. The third week was Rabbi Pink on Organ Donation, followed by Mitch Winehouse.

“Our community appreciates Jewish education, but it needs to be marketed right, and with the right breadth. And the food helps too!” said Rabbi Fine.