Learn Together/Grow Together

Learn Together/Grow Together are short midweek educational courses or stand-alone sessions run by educators from our community or guest speakers. Read on for more information about our sessions in Autumn 2020 and beyond:


'Criteria'- In Conversation with Naomi Joseph. Emma James will be in conversation with Naomi discussing the award winning short film that she made about her mixed Jewish heritage

Thursday October 22nd from 7.30-8.30pm

Naomi and Emma will discuss the film, from the experiences that led to its development to how the film was made and Naomi's thoughts on the issues that it raises. The talk will be followed by a Q&A from the audience.

Naomi wrote Criteria when she was on a week's development residency at the Lyric Hammersmith. She had applied to the residency in the hope of expanding her theatre show Motherland, a dark comedy set at Twickenham Stadium which examines mixed race identity.

Instead, she wrote Criteria, a live performance piece which explored her mixed Jewish heritage. Naomi's performance was seen by the Lyric's resident film company TEAfilms and Criteria was then made into an award-winning short film.

For two years, Criteria toured the festival circuit globally. It was shortlisted for nine awards and won the UNICA Medal and Diamond Award too.

Criteria is now available to watch online. We will show the film before the talk, but we recommend that you watch it before the evening.

Click here for the link to the film.

About Naomi Joseph.....

Naomi is a theatre-maker, writer and actor who has performed her work across the UK, including at JW3, the Lyric Hammersmith, Redbridge Drama Centre, Omnibus Theatre, and more.

She is currently working on Blindsided, a new play about chosen families.

About Emma James.....

Emma leads our new ELELS Inclusion Team. She has worked on issues impacting vulnerable young people including those from BAME communities for over 15 years. She is a Senior Policy Officer for the charity Barnardos and reports that she has produced have led to positive policy changes from the government.

If interested in joining the list to register your interest, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.


My Dad’s experience in the Western Desert with the Long Range Desert Group

Tuesday November 11th from 7-8pm

Led by Elliott Porte

ELELS member Elliott Porte introduces his talk as follows:

"My father, Harold Porte, grew up in the East End during the 1920/30s and witnessed first hand the rise of fascism and the British Union of Fascists led by Oswald Mosley. However, he had a hobby, amateur radio, and built crystal sets. This led him to become one of the youngest members of the Radio Society of Great Britain and eventually to being attached to the Long Range Desert Group working behind enemy lines in the Western Desert listening to German and Italian radio communications.

This is his story."

If interested in joining the list to register your interest, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.

November 2020

Rerun of 'London Jewry from the Norman Conquest to the 19th Century'

November 3rd-24th 2020

led by Caryle Webb-Ingall


Due to the popularity of this course which was run in June 2020 and was oversubscribed, we are running this course again, this time extending it to 4 weeks in the November. If interested in joining the list to register your interest, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.

This course covers:

• The first settlement of Jews in the City of London
• How the Jews were treated under different monarchs
• Why the community was expelled and how they returned
• Sephardi & Ashkenazi Jews in the 17th and 18th centuries
• The Jewish population in the 19th century especially in the East End
• Jewish organisations and institutions
• Where you can see evidence of the community
• Famous personalities

There will be time for questions and comments.

Each week there will be a powerpoint and supporting documents. Caryle can also supply a reading list. Towards the end of each session there will be opportunities for comment and questions. If there are topics you’d especially like to explore we can discuss this.

About Caryle Webb-Ingall.....

After a long career in Adult and Community Education in London (Hackney, Waltham Forest and the City) and Essex, Caryle retired over 10 years ago. She is a fully qualified adult education tutor, with a Diploma in London History, and her MA thesis was about ‘Lubavitch Women and Adult Education’. Caryle is passionate about London and its history and enjoys both sharing knowledge and learning from her students.

In order to sign up for these courses and be sent the Zoom links for the course, please contact Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk