Mar 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

Whilst, thank G-d there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our JLE community, we at JLE operate a welcoming environment to hundreds of people from all over the world.


Extraordinary times


As an organisation we put the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who come through our doors as our top priority. Our board, trustees, halachic authority and senior executive team, have unanimously agreed that it is the responsible and correct course of action for us to close the JLE building at this time. This will include classes,   shiurimall minyanimsocial gatherings, and Shabbos hospitality (even in the educators’ own homes).

It is imperative that we maintain and continue the vital work of the JLE in the best possible manner, and not only survive – but thrive – in these challenging times. 

New challenges new opportunities


Our scheduled programs will continue in new formats and on a range of platforms including WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, ONLINE BUSINESS MENTORSHIP and the HOW TO ACADEMY, WEBINARS with Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz, HISTORY SERIES with Rabbi Aubrey Hersh, LUNCH & LEARNS in your own home with Deliveroo(!), PODCASTS by our esteemed educators and many new and innovative ideas (including VR!) coming your way. Stay tuned for weekly updates.


Now more than ever


We have watched for over a decade as many people have lived their lives through their phones and their feeds, barely looking up whilst crossing the road. Eye contact and face to face (not facetime) interaction seem to be a relic from a previous time.

Sadly, our friends and loved ones have all too often watched as our eyes and attention are fixated on handheld devices. Ironically, or maybe mystically, the lack of direct human interaction and close contact are now everyone's reality. Something to consider!

Maybe the message is that we should never take for granted all of the opportunities that Hashem gives us to hug and shake hands, and to communicate sensitively - which were the traditional ways we used to demonstrated genuine concern in our relationships with others.


It Won't Be Long


We as a team are ready to rise to the challenge and realise the oportunities that lie ahead. We look forward to welcoming you back in person, be it in a university, an office lunch and learn, on in our flagship centre very very soon.

We wish a speedy recovery to those who are ill and we wish good health and well-being to all.

May G-d bless and keep all of us, 

Rabbi Benjy Morgan, Rabbi Danny Kirsch, Rabbi Aubrey Hersh, Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz, Rabbi Ivan Ziskind, Rebbetzin Nancy Ziskind, Rabbi Shua Bitton, Rebbetzin Dudi Bitton, Rabbi Uri Debson, Milka Cohen, Gemma Foxler, Miriam Bernstein, Rabbi Dov Cowan, Rabbi Moshe Brandeis, Rebbetzin Jennifer Arazi, Rabbi Nati Arazi, Michael Cohen, Miriam Dassa, Avital Wagner, Joel Elias, Riki Freilich, Ian Mitchell, Anthony Shaw, Rebbetzin Jackie Kirsch, Rabbi Simi Lerner, Rebbetzin Rivka Lerner, David Goodman, Rabbi Moshe Kirsch


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