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We are happy to introduce our new courses for SPRING 2018!

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

SPRING 2018 courses:

Rabbi Mark Solomon

M.Solomon finalThe Great Commentators

5-week course at Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue

1 Victory Road, Herman Hill, Wanstead, E11 1UL

Thursday 7.45 – 9.30pm

Dates: 3 – 31 May 2018

We are taking LEHRHAUS ON THE ROAD to Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue.

Course Description:

We will discover the lives and times of the great Jewish Bible commentators, who debate with one another on the pages of the traditional Rabbinic Bible:

Rashi, who pioneered the exploration of the “plain meaning” (peshat); his grandson Rashbam, and Ibn Ezra, who took the rational investigation of the peshat even further; Kimchi, with a keen literary appreciation of Biblical style; Nahmanides (also known as Ramban) who brings in a mystical approach; and the Renaissance man Obadiah Sforno, among others.

We will examine their distinctive styles and approaches to the Biblical text, and study a selected passage with their comments, to see how diverse the interpretation of the Torah can be.

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.

Payment:

This course is open to all participants.

The Sukkat Shalom Council is pleased to subsidise the attendance for members of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue by £25 per person for this course.

PRICES  
 Full price £70.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £63.00Pay Now
More than one course in the semester  -10% £63.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course in the semester -20% £56.00Pay Now
Sukkat Shalom member – Full price £45.00Pay Now
Sukkat Shalom member- Returning student -10% £38.00Pay Now
Sukkat Shalom member- More than one course in the semester -10% £38.00Pay Now
Sukkat Shalom member- Returning student and more than one course in the semester -20% £31.00Pay 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 Robyn Ashworth-Steen

RAS

Exploring Radical Torah to Create Social Change

4-week course at Manchester Reform Synagogue

Jackson’s Row, Manchester, M2 5NH

Dates: 3-24 May 2018

Thursday 7.30-9pm

Course Description:

For Jewish social action initiatives we so often quote the uplifting passages of the Torah but in this text-based course we’ll be studying the dark parts of our sacred texts and exploring issues of power, violence and colonialism.  We’ll consider how a struggle-filled, personal reading of the Tanach (an inherently political document) can be used to create textured communities and lead to change within our society.  We’ll be focusing on texts from the book of Judges and Deuteronomy and modern evils of gender violence and genocide.  Following in the footsteps of post-colonial writers we’ll consider how honest, personal readings can redeem us, the text, and our world.

Biography:

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen is one half of the rabbinic team at Manchester Reform Synagogue with a passion for community building, text study and social justice.  After living in London for just under a decade, working as a human rights lawyer and studying at Leo Baeck College, Robyn has returned home to Manchester.  Robyn is a co-founder of the cross-communal group, Tzelem: the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK.

 

This course is open to all participants.

The Manchester Reform Council is pleased to subsidise the attendance for members of Manchester Reform Synagogue by £25 per person for this course.

PRICES  
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course in the semester  -10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course in the semester -20% £48.00Pay Now
Manchester Reform Synagogue member £35.00Pay Now

Rabbi Dr Frank Dabba Smith

Frank.picJews and Photography

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

Thursday 7.45-9.15pm

Dates: 3-24 May 2018

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. His PhD dissertation at University College London (UCL) is concerned with 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).   Solo photographic exhibitions have included 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.

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.

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.

We now accept online payments for all courses.

LEHRHAUS COURSES – 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.