Welcome to Lehrhaus @ Leo Baeck College
Home of Adult Jewish Learning

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. 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.

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AUTUMN 2018 courses (still more to come):

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONETjonathanmagonet

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

8-week course at Leo Baeck College

Date: Tuesday 7.30- 9.00pm

2 Oct- 20 Nov 2018

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 in previous years, 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 increasing focus on the enigmatic figure 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.

M.Solomon finalRabbi Mark Solomon

8-week course at Leo Baeck College

Date: TBC

 

Course Description: TBC

 

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.

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.

Frank.picRabbi Dr Frank Dabba Smith

Jews and Their Cameras

4-week course at Leo Baeck College

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 22 November -6 December 2018

Course Description:

We will examine, in detail, the work of selected Jewish photographers and relevant historical contexts. 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.

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RABBI PETE TOBIAS

Who wrote the Torah? 586 BCE and All That

4-week course at Leo Baeck College

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 4-25  October  2018

 

Course Description:

Who wrote the Torah? – If you think that God wrote the Torah, then this course is not for you. Or maybe it is… Assuming that this document was written by human beings, who were they, why did they write it and what were they trying to say?

586 BCE and All That – Ancient Israelite History: How much of the ‘history’ in the Biblical books is real history? Did things like The Exodus and the conquest of Canaan really happen as described in the Torah? What really happened?

Biography:

Pete Tobias is rabbi of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, where he has worked since 2003, having previously served Glasgow New (Reform) Synagogue (1995-2003) and Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (1990-1993). He also writes: ‘Liberal Judaism: A Judaism for the 21st Century’ (published 2007) Never Mind the Bullocks (2009), ‘Why Am I Here?’  (2012), as well as a series of children’s books based on Jewish festivals. Pete is currently working on two historical novels, features regularly on BBC Radio 2 and is a devoted supporter of Watford Football Club.

 

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.

Rene2018RABBI DR RENE PFERTZEL

Reading troubling texts from Torah

 

4-week course LIVE ONLINE

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 4-25  October  2018

 

Course Description:

Every Shabbat morning, Jews around the world read a portion of the Torah, the five first books of the Hebrew Bible. If some of the narratives and laws seem straightforward to modern readers, many of them are puzzling and even disconcerting. How do we read and respond to these troubling biblical narratives and laws? In this course, we will read some of these texts, try to understand how the medieval commentators, the mefarshim, read and understood them, and how we can relate to them today as modern readers.

The first two sessions will focus on disturbing narratives. Why did Lot’s daughters sleep with their father? Why is God angry at his people? Why was Dinah raped?

The last two sessions will examine some of the most troubling laws. Why does the rebellious son receive such harsh punishment? Is it fair for the unloved wife to be treated in such a way? And what about selling your children into slavery?

If you are curious to know more, please join us for this fascinating four-week course on “Troubling Texts of the Torah”.

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, where he taught a course in Anthropology of Judaism. He earned a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2004. He examined the unofficial corrections of scribes (Tikkuney Soferim) that can be revealed by comparing the different textual traditions of the Hebrew Bible.

He began working with Progressive communities in France in the 1990s, mainly in his hometown, Strasbourg. He had also a long term partnership with the Liberal community in Lyons, Keren Or, which he served as Rabbi between 2014 and 2016. After two years of commuting between Lyons and London, where he served the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St Johns Wood, Rabbi René Pfertzel decided to work full-time with Kingston Liberal Synagogue, a constituent of Liberal Judaism. He is currently the chair of the EUPJ Rabbinic Conference and works closely with the EUPJ management. Alongside his rabbinic work, Rabbi René Pfertzel is working on a digital catalogue edition of the sermons of the late Rabbi John D. Rayner, under the auspices of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

 

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.

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.