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    Cottage in the Woods 2023/24

    A winter's journey through Jewish folk customs and ritual arts.
    On Sundays, from December 2023 to March 2024, join our Cottage in the Woods from the comfort of your couch. Led by Kohenet Rachel and Kohenet Yael, we will explore Jewish practices relating to grief and mourning, witches and magic, rediscovering lost voices, and amulet-making. Cottage in the Woods contains a blend of text-based learning, embodied and practical exploration, anthropology and folklore studies, as well as additional support and development for those who wish.


    Courses are open to Jewish folk and allies of any gender, sexuality, and level of knowledge, age 16+. Catch up audio recordings and handouts will be available for those who miss classes.


    You can book to attend a single course, multiple courses, or become a ‘cottage resident’ with access to all courses plus exclusive additional sessions and support.

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  • This year's remaining courses...

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    Drawing Up the Voices of the Past:

    The Healing Power of Midrash

    For many of us, Jewish tradition is one of loud silence and absent presence. We seek out the stories of women, femmes and other marginalised folk, people like ourselves, and find them missing. And yet, Jewish tradition has gifted us the practice of midrash, of imagining stories and interpretations between the lines of our texts. We can continue this tradition, as we listen out for the silences in our stories and give voice to characters named and unnamed, as well as ourselves. We will use a playful blend of text-study, creative writing, reflection and bibliodrama to give voice to our missing ancestors. Participants will be encouraged to try out some creative writing or art themselves.


    Tutor: Kohenet Yael

    On Zoom: Sundays 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2024

    Due to a variation in global clock change dates, the timing of the class is as follows:

    10, 17, 24 March: 12 PT / 15 ET / 19 GMT / 20 CET (90mins)

    31 March: 11 PT / 14 ET / 19 BST / 20 CET .

    catch up recordings available for missed classes


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