The trial saw Rabbi Dr Belovski take on the role of judge with Dr Harris Bor and Joanne Greenaway acting as defence and Adam Gersch and Rachel Marcus as prosecution. The event featured a guest witness statement from Vashti played by Rachel Creager before Rabbi Dr Zarum, as the court clerk, got the trial underway. Over 400 guests on screen and in person enjoyed an inspiring look at one of the central figures from Purim and the event was a great example of the lifelong Jewish learning opportunities that LSJS provides.
Rabbi Dr Zarum, Dean and the Rabbi sacks Chair of Modern Jewish Thought said, “The trial showcased our approach to Jewish education: wildly innovative, packed with content, and deeply engaging – it really is a winning formula.”
The LSJS matching campaign smashed its original goal in less than 12 hours and went on to run a bonus round raising over £450,000 when the campaign closed.
Joanne Greenaway, LSJS Chief Executive, said “we are so grateful to all our supporters for getting behind our campaign. We really tried to show the impact and reach of what we are doing – how many of the people making a difference across the Jewish world have come through LSJS and are revisioning and improving the landscape of Jewish education. Our community needs them just as it needs more excellent teachers and educators in the years ahead. I am so proud of what we have achieved at LSJS but there is so much more to do. It has been wonderful to see so many friends of LSJS get involved and help us to raise much needed funds for bursaries for our teacher training and degree students, to allow us to look after one of the UK’s largest Jewish libraries and provide even more inspiring Jewish content for life long learning”