Jewish history can be confusing. Whether it is understanding the timeline of events, which characters fit into which story, or how to understand the stories in their correct context, the history of this ancient people is filled with miracles and mysteries. That’s why we have developed a course that allows you to learn about the people and movements that shaped Jewish history throughout the ages. Whether it is understanding the role of religion and politics, the rabbinic tradition, or the role of faith, this course will have something for you. With a good balance of engaging video content, source materials for those who want to learn more, and trigger questions, you will finish this course feeling informed, educated, and empowered.
Rabbi Eli Birnbaum studied in Talmudic College in Israel for six years before attaining rabbinic ordination from the Jerusalem Kollel. Eli completed a BSc in Criminology & Social Psychology. Together with his wife Naomi, Eli moved back to London to take up a position in the JLE’s campus department, setting up Lunch & Learns across London’s major campuses, as well as creating the ‘Genesis+’ program, aimed at older students and post-graduates.
Following this, Eli taught Jewish Studies at Hasmonean for a year, before moving to Aish to work as an educator, primarily focused on the burgeoning Young Professional demographic. Eli is a lifelong Spurs fan and an avid reader, citing his favourite book as ‘Legends of Our Time’ by Elie Weisel.
Rebbetzin Shalvie Friedman is one of the educators at Aish UK. Shalvie grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and received her BSc in Maths and Finance from the University of South Africa. She studied Jewish thought and textual analysis at the Nishmat Seminary in Jerusalem. Shalvie has taught in high schools in Johannesburg, as well as at many seminaries in Israel, both for newly observant students as well as those with religious backgrounds.
She also ran a youth group for English-speaking teens in Ramat Beit Shemesh. She currently teaches Jewish Studies at Hasmonean Girls High School as well as teaching for various parts of the Aish family and raising her own family