Welcome to The Lyons Learning Project

The Lyons Learning Project is a place for adult Jewish learning and conversation.

Join us for Melton – the world renowned adult Jewish learning course – in September 2017:



Why engage in Jewish learning at all? We all come to adult learning for different reasons and part of the magic of learning as an adult is the diversity of motive and experience. In the 21st century the old hierarchies of teachers and students do not work in the same way; we all have access to information and knowledge like never before.

At The Lyons Learning Project we are committed to building communal conversations about Judaism and Jewish life. We want you to know something about your Judaism, to develop skills and understanding but we also want you to think deeply about what all of that means for us as Jews today in an ever changing world.

If we are to answer the question of why we should be Jewish, what kind of Judaism we want to exist and transmit and how we want to live lives enriched and fulfilled by Judaism then we need to be learning, talking and thinking. The Lyons Learning Project seeks to offer transformative educational experiences, increase Jewish literacy and a commitment to Jewish life. If that sounds like something in which you are interested then please join us.

Private: Taste of Melton

6 September and 13 September 2017, 7pm-8pm

33 Seymour Place

Melton is one of the most important pluralist adult Jewish offerings in the world and we are delighted that we will be offering it to students in the heart of London. The Core Melton course in the first year includes: Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living. The second year includes: ‘Ethics’ and ‘Crossroads’ (History). There is lots more information here.

We are delighted to offer you a chance to have a taste of the course to entice you to sign up for this year’s programme of learning.

Please sign up here.


Private: Elul – Spiritual Reflections on Returning

6th and 13th September 2017, 8:30pm-9:30pm

33 Seymour Place

The month of Elul is a chance for some introspection and reflection before we reach Rosh Hashanah. Join Rabbi Neil Janes and explore some of the sources, the liturgy and practices associated with this powerful and enriching time. No prior knowledge is necessary.

Booking is essential. Please book for both dates separately to ensure we know who is coming.

Sign up here.

Breakfast Conversations


Once a fortnight on a Wednesday at 7:45am over a freshly made coffee, we meet at a café near Bond Street to study together, share good conversation and discuss an important Jewish text. At 8:30am, we make our way to our respective places of work. A friendly group of all abilities enjoy making study a regular ritual in their hectic professional lives. Join Rabbi Neil Janes and others as we journey through our sacred sources.

To be part of the learning circle for Breakfast Conversations fill out the form below:

Sign up here to register your interest.

Parents Learning Project


Sunday mornings 11:15am-12:15pm in the Hub at West London Synagogue

Introducing the Parents Learning Project

For the first time ever, The Lyons Learning Project and West London Synagogue are working together to create a series of sessions that will enrich parents’ own learning, give them tools to practice Judaism at home and offer space to think through challenging issues around parenting. Taught by the Rabbinic team of West London Synagogue.


In the coming academic year we are encouraging parents to engage with their own learning, skill them up for questions their children may be asking at home and also emphasise the importance of implementing at home what children are learning at the Synagogue. In conjunction with West London Synagogue we will be offering a course for parents that will include:

  • Judaism 101 – in 10 Weeks – 11:15am-12:15pm
  • Parenthood – Parenting Issues from a Jewish Perspective – 11:15-12:15
  • Hebrew – Crash Course for Parents – 10:00-11:00 (Religion School Parents Only)

Dates of the sessions are here.

To register your interest please sign up here.

The course is free, but a minimum donation of £100 would be gratefully received to deepen the impact of our work.