Welcome to Lehrhaus @ Leo Baeck College
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The Lehrhaus is the Leo Baeck College’s programme in adult Jewish lifelong learning. Following in the footsteps of the Frankfurt Lehrhaus established in 1920 by Franz Rosenzweig, LBC offers a variety of courses taught by members of its faculty.

This coming year sees the return of many exciting courses plus the addition of on-line learning opportunities to enable even more people to study with us.

We are also delighted to offer Modern Hebrew Ulpan classes as part of the Lehrhaus. We have partnered with the World Zionist Organisation to enable those who would like to learn or improve their Modern Hebrew. Different levels at different times are available. Classes will be taught by experienced Ulpan teachers.

Please note that due to Dr Alinda Damsma leaving LBC we have new teachers for the Biblical Hebrew and Zohar courses.

We welcome anyone interested in furthering his or her Jewish knowledge and invite you to contact Jarek Lodzinski on +44 (0)20 8349 5600 or lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk. for more information.

To register for any of our courses, please download our registration form.

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Please see below for all the course descriptions (please click on the plus button for all information):

Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet

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 The Rise of King David – a literary reading of 1 Samuel

8-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room 2)

Date: Tuesday 7.45- 9.15pm

 3 Oct- 28 Nov 2017 (no session on 17 Oct 2017)

Course Description:

The Book of Samuel is a literary masterpiece, chronicling not only the rise of King David, but also the jealousies, passions, conflicts and tragedies affecting him and three other major figures: Samuel, Saul and Jonathan, together with minor characters who add colour and human dimensions to the narrative.  For those who attended last year, we will continue our detailed reading of the Book, taking time to enjoy the craftsmanship of the writing and its complex psychological and political dimensions.  For newcomers to the class, after a quick ‘catch-up’, we will pick up the threads of the story so far, tracing the bitter conflict between Samuel and Saul, and the dramatic arrival of David.

Biography:
Rabbi Professor Jonathan David Magonet is a British Jewish theologian, former Vice-President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and a biblical scholar. He is highly active in Christian-Jewish dialogue, and in dialogue between Jews and Muslims. For twenty years he was the Principal, now retired, of Leo Baeck College, the first liberal Jewish seminary for all of Europe created after World War II. He lectures regularly on Bible at the College, in Germany and Japan and is the editor of the College’s journal European Judaism. He is part of the team creating new editions of the prayer books of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

PRICES  8 session course
 Full price £120.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £108.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £108.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £96.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Rabbi Mark L. Solomon

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The “Philosophy” of the Kabbalah

8-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room 2)

Date: Wednesday  7.45-9.15pm

18 October- 13 December 2017 (no class on 8 Nov)

Course description:

The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is often seen as non- or anti-rational, and this is true of certain strands within it. At the same time, Kabbalistic thought responds to similar questions to those posed by the philosophers, about the nature of God, the process of creation, the place of human beings in the cosmos, the problem of evil, and the relationship of Scripture to truth. This course will present the development of the Kabbalah and its key ideas as part of the history of thought, giving a systematic overview of its theology (both in its classical medieval formation, and its Lurianic development) and exploring links both to other strands of Jewish thought and to mystical traditions in other religions.

Biography:

Mark Solomon is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, Rabbi of the Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish communities, and Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism. He holds a BA (Hons.) in English Literature from the University of Sydney and an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College, where he completed a dissertation on the thought of the great anti-Maimonidean philosopher Hasdai Crescas. He was born in Sydney and studied in yeshiva in Melbourne and Kfar Habad, before completing rabbinic studies at Jews’ College, London, where he was ordained in 1991. He has served as rabbi at Watford United Synagogue, West Central Liberal Synagogue, and The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (St John’s Wood). He is co-chair of the London Society of Jews and Christians and an honorary rabbi of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group. He lives in Friern Barnet.

Testimonials:

”Mark  enabled me to understand an enormous range of  new and very difficult concepts ina very short time.  Very good discussions followed his explanations.  Material supplied was excellent”

,,I enjoyed learning about a thinker I had not encountered before, particularly how his thought fitted into Maimonides and prompted Spinoza.”

PRICES  8 session course
 Full price £120.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £108.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £108.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £96.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Roberta Harris Eckstein

 

Roberta_Harris.finalBiblical Hebrew- Advanced level

8-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room B, only 21/11- room A))

Date: Tuesday 7.30- 9.00pm

Tuesday 24 Oct- 19 Dec 2017 (no class 7 November)

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of Biblical Hebrew: Intermediate level and is taught over two semesters. In the first semester we will finish the basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar and in the second semester the students will consolidate their knowledge in purely text-based lessons. The course will enable the students to independently read, translate and grammatically understand prosaic and poetic sections of the Hebrew Bible. Students who have not attended the Biblical Hebrew: Intermediate level course are very welcome to join and they are requested to contact the module leader in advance.

Please note that due to Dr Alinda Damsma leaving LBC we have new teachers for the Biblical Hebrew and Zohar courses.

Biography: coming soon

PRICES  8 session course
 Full price £120.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £108.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £108.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £96.00Pay Now

 

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith

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4-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room 1)

7.45-9.15pm

Dates: Wednesday 15 Nov, Wednesday 22 Nov,

Thursday 30 Nov, Thursday 7 Dec 2017

Course Description:

I propose to teach a four session course concerned with thinking about Jews and photography.

Session 1) Photography and the Holocaust: Artist Witnesses and Rescuers

Session 2) Photography and Israel:  Beginnings and Dilemmas

Session 3) Jewish-American Photographers Document the Seeking of Social Justice

Session 4) Jews Who Considered the Strangeness of Photography

Participants do not need any camera or technical knowledge of photography but need to be visually aware and receptive to critical concepts.

Biography:

Frank Dabba Smith was born in 1955 in California and earned his first degree in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley.   After working as a freelance photographer and teacher, he trained to be a Liberal Rabbi at Leo Baeck College in London and has served since 1997 at Mosaic Liberal Synagogue (formerly known as Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue).  He holds MA degrees in Hebrew and Jewish studies as well as in Photographic Studies.  Currently, he is completing final minor revisions on his PhD dissertation at University College London (UCL) concerning the behaviour of the renowned camera manufacturer Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar during the Holocaust. He teaches courses on dying, death and bereavement as well as on the Holocaust to rabbinic students at Leo Baeck College. Frank Dabba Smith’s publications include My Secret Camera (Harcourt and Frances Lincoln, 2000) and Elsie’s War (Frances Lincoln, 2003).   Recent solo photographic exhibitions include Leica Gallery (New York City, 2012), SAK-Art Museum (Svendborg, Denmark, 2012) and co-exhibiting with sculptor Jane McAdam Freud at the Priory Psychiatric Hospital (Roehampton, London, 2014).   He serves on the International Advisory Committee of EcoPeace-Middle East, as Vice-Chair of the Brent Multi-faith Forum, on the Independent Advisory Group of the Metropolitan Police in the London Borough of Brent and as a trustee to Berakah-Arts.  Frank Dabba Smith has been married to Cathy since 1986 and they have three children:  Miriam (1991), Lewis (1995) and Sarah (1997).

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Liat Aharonovich – ULPAN- Beginners

Liat Photo10-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room B)

Thursday 12.30-14.30

Dates: 19 October- 21 December 2017

All students will be assessed over the first two weeks to ensure they are placed in the right level.

 

PRICES  10 session course
 Full price £160.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £144.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £144.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £128.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Liat Aharonovich – ULPAN- Intermediate

Liat Photo10-week course at Leo Baeck College (Room 1)

Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm

Dates: 17 October- 19 December 2017

All students will be assessed over the first two weeks to ensure they are placed in the right level.

 

 

PRICES  10 session course
 Full price £160.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £144.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £144.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £128.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

RABBI DR RENÉ PFERTZEL

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4-week course live on-line

Dates: Wednesday 7.30-9pm

15 November- 6 December 2017

Course Description:

From sex in the Bible to sex in the Talmud, from questions about kosher sex to identity and gender, this course will explore what Judaism has to say about sex. We will use texts, case studies, and our discussion will be frank and open.

Biography:

Before his Rabbinic ordination in July 2014, Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel held various teaching positions in France. He earned a teaching degree in 1990, the “Agrégation d’Histoire”, and taught in French High Schools, as well as a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He earned a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2004. René served various communities in France and in the United Kingdom, and from August 2016, permanently in this country. He works part-time at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John’s Woods, London.

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Rabbi Larry Tabick

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Zohar: Mystical Midrash? Early Novel?

4-week course live on-line

Dates: Monday 7.30-9pm

6-27 November 2017

Course Description:

The Zohar is the central work of the Kabbalah, the Jewish esoteric and mystical tradition. It looks backwards towards to the ancient midrashim and forwards towards the modern novel, and features a deep spirituality at its centre. We will explore Zoharic texts that exemplify each of these tendencies. Texts will be read in translation, but keep your bible handy.

  1.  Zohar on the Aqeda (I,119b)
  2.  Zohar on Jonah (II,199a-b)
  3.  The Old Man of Mishpatim (II, 94b-95a, 99a-99b selections)
  4. The Young Boy (III, 186a-192a selections)

 

Biography:

Rabbi Larry Tabick received his rabbinic ordination from the Leo Baeck College in 1976, and now lectures there in Kabbalah & Hasidism. He has served several Reform and Liberal congregations in the UK, and is currently rabbi of Shir Hayim/Hampstead Reform Jewish Community. He is the author of a book of poems entitled Growing into Your Soul, as well as The Aura of Torah: A Kabbalistic-Hasidic Commentary to the Weekly Readings (JPSA, 2014). He is married to Rabbi Jackie Tabick, and they have three grown-up children, including one rabbi, and two grandchildren!

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.

Course and Event Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation by You

You are asked to let us know as soon as possible – either by email to info@lbc.ac.uk or any other Leo Baeck College email address as provided as main contact at the time of booking (or by calling 020 8349 5600) – if you are unable to attend a Leo Baeck College event or course you have paid for.

In the event of you having to cancel your booking, our refund policy will depend on the type of event you were booked on and how much notice we are given. In general:

  • More than 28 days’ notice – Provided you let us know a minimum of 28 full days before the day of the event / start of the course, you will be refunded 100 percent of the ticket / course price.
  • Between 28 and 7 days’ notice – If you let us know between 28 and 7 full days before the day of the event / start of the course, you will be refunded 50 percent of the ticket / course price.
  • Less than 7 days’ notice – If you let us know less than 7 full days before the day of the event, we will not be able to offer you any automatic refund. In certain circumstances we may adopt a different policy so please contact us directly.

You do not need to supply your credit card details again simply your name, the course or event code and the receipt number given to you when your booking was confirmed.

Payment will be returned to the original account.

Transferring a Booking

In cases where a refund is not possible, or where only a partial refund is possible, you may opt instead to send a friend in your place for no additional charge, subject to the following restriction(s):

  • We kindly request that you, as the person who has made the booking, vouch for the person you have transferred your booking to.
  • We kindly request that you, as the person who has made the booking, let us know in advance of the transfer so that we can inform security (where security has been provided) of the name change.

We do reserve the right to decline any booking transfer in certain circumstances but will inform you in such instances.

Cancellation by Us (Leo Baeck College or designated agent provider)

Cancellation may be necessary in exceptional circumstances and Leo Baeck College reserves  the right in its absolute discretion to cancel an event. If this occurs you will be offered a full  and prompt refund of all monies you have paid. However, if cancellation of an event occurs, Leo Baeck College will not pay any compensation, nor be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by you as a result.

PLEASE NOTE:

Once students have paid for a course/s they will be sent a registration form in order to complete the enrolment process.

All fees require payment in full before the start of a course.

Courses will only run with a minimum number of students and the College reserves the right to cancel any course. In this instance, the fee paid by the student will be reimbursed.

Once a course has started unfortunately we are unable to reimburse any fees to students who withdraw from a course.

ON-LINE COURSES:

Here is important information regarding your on-line Adobe Connect session. Please make sure you carefully read it well before the start of your session.

1.This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience (please click on the link below):

http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Please note that some of our students have experienced some problems while using IPhones and Ipads for the Adobe Connect sessions. Therefore, we do not recommend these devices for our On-line courses. If you can , please use a PC or laptop.

2.Make sure Adobe Flash Player is installed on the device you are using. You can install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for free via this link:

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

3.Important: To maintain the quality of the connection, the default situation is that ONLY the lecturer has the microphone and webcam switched on and will be visible and audible, not the students. However, if you need to use your microphone, please ASK the lecturer to give you microphone rights, and (s)he will activate your microphone. Thereafter you will be able to use your microphone. So you need to explicitly ask for it during the session. Alternatively, use the chat box or raise your ‘digital’ hand to communicate with the lecturer and your fellow students (see image below)

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4.Important: do NOT forget to wear earphones or headphones. The use of earphones or headphones is essential to reduce the echo. It is important that ALL online students use their earphones (e.g. the earphones that are supplied with mobile phones).

5.Important: please make sure you watch this short online tutorial session which teaches you how to use Adobe Connect as a participant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkJAIpQD6wI