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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 Emily Jurman

emily_jurmanJews, taboos and tattoos! 

4-week Live ON-LINE course

Monday 7.30-9pm   Dates: 7-28 May 2018

Course Description: coming soon

 

Biography: coming soon

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 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 Professor Jonathan Magonet

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

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

Date: Tuesday 7.45- 9.15pm

6-27 February 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 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.

www.jonathanmagonet.co.uk

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 Dr Judith Rosen-Berry

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The Death of God (and other Absolutes). Memory and Mourning: a Philosophical Perspective.

A 2-day intensive course at Leo Baeck College

Sunday 11am-2pm

Dates: 11 March and 18 March 2018

Course Description:

How are we to respond to religious and cultural loss in the Jewish community? If God is dead, and Truth and Justice are no longer viable absolutes – how is the modern Jewish community to construct meaning in the postmodern world? This course looks at how a philosophical (and theological) approach to ‘memory and mourning’ might help in the creative reconstruction of progressive Judaism.

Biography:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Rosen-Berry worked as the congregational Rabbi of Beit Klal Yisrael for six years, taught modern Jewish theology at Leo Baeck College, and has for the last few years been a part-time philosophy/theology tutor at Rewley House, Oxford University. Presently she lives on the Isle of Skye, is writing a book, and helping to replant the Caledonian Forest.

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 Dr Frank Dabba Smith

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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.

Rabbi Josh Levy

Josh LevyProgressive Rabbinic Decision Making

4-week course at Leo Baeck College

Dates: TBC

Course Description:

How do Progressive Rabbis make decisions about their practice and guide the practice in their communities?  When our Judaism encounters the modern world, how do we decide where the boundaries of our practice lie?

In this course, we will deconstruct issues in Jewish practice, studying primary texts and reading Reform responsa, as we discuss the intellectual framework of Progressive Halachah.

Among the many issues we might study are:

– what role can non-Jews take in synagogue worship?

– what should a same-sex marriage ceremony look like, and can it be called kiddushin?

– does conversion always require circumcision?

– should we keep a second day of festivals in the diaspora?

– should a synagogue elder with dementia be honoured with an Aliyah?

As well as the many questions that you might bring…

Biography: coming soon

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.

Susannah Alexander

SusannahAlexanderIt’s not all Lox & Bagels:

A Historical, Cultural and Gastronomic Overview of Jewish Culinary Traditions

4-week course at Leo Baeck College

Monday 7.30-9pm

Dates: 4-25 June 2018

Course Description:

This 4-week interactive course will explore the history of the foods and food-related customs of Jewish people all over the world.  There will be plenty of opportunities to sample foods and ingredients, and to share one another’s traditions.  Each participant will work towards compiling a family recipe book, and there will be opportunities to share techniques, tips and recipes via a private Facebook groups. It’s therefore advisable for all participants to have a Facebook account.  The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in food and history, regardless of whether you currently cook.  The only requirements are an enquiring palate, and a willingness to try new foods and take part in a range of interactive tasks.

Week 1: The Ashkenazi World

This unit will explore the foods of Eastern and Central Europe, and how these came to play such a key role in Jewish life that they symbolise Jewish cooking, even today.  We will also take a glance at some family collections and look at the various formats in which a personal recipe collection may be compiled today, including blogging and scrapbooking.

Week 2: The Sephardi World

This week, we turn our eyes eastward to feast on the traditions of Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Middle East.  We take a glance at food as medicine in the time of Maimonides, and explore recipes and remedies from the archives of the Cairo Genizah.

Week 3: Festive foods Part 1 – Rosh Hashanah to Tu B’Shevat

Take a culinary tour through the autumn and winter festivals of the Jewish year. Everyone is familiar with apples and honey, but do you know the significance of leeks or baked beans for some communities?  This week there will be a chance to experience unfamiliar food customs as well as better known ones, and to continue to work on your own family recipe collection.

Week 4: Festive foods Part 2 – Purim to Shavuot

To eat lamb, or not to eat lamb at Passover?  That is the question for this week, but not the only question, of course.  We’ll be eating our way through the culinary traditions of spring and summer festivals from many lands, and taking part in a charoset-a-thon.  We will review what we’ve achieved so far in terms of a family or community recipe archive, and each student will make a plan for continuing their culinary journey.

Biography: 

Susannah Alexander has been involved in Jewish education for over 2 decades, working in many synagogues as a teacher, B’nei Mitzvah tutor and educational leader for both children and adults, and teaching Judaism at the Jewish Museum, London, to people of many faiths and backgrounds.  , Susannah is a registered Nutritional Therapist, who loves to enable people to work towards their health goals by optimising what they eat.  She is particularly interested in mental health, and supports the charity Heart Reach by leading cookery workshops for children and adults, and providing pop-up dining experiences.  She is available to cater small events and teach private cookery lessons on request.  One of Susannah’s students recently led the first known gastro Bat Mitzvah, where her D’var Torah was a culinary journey through the Jewish year.

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.

Roberta Harris Eckstein

 

Roberta_Harris.finalBiblical Hebrew- Intermediate level

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

Date: Tuesday 7.30- 9.00pm
23 Jan- 1 May 2018
( no sessions- 13,20,27 March and
3,10 April 2018).

 

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.

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.

Liat Aharonovich – ULPAN- Beginners (continuation)

Liat Photo10-week course at Leo Baeck College

Thursday 10.30-12.30

Dates: 04 January- 15 march2018
(no class 15 February)

Please contact us before you sign up for this course. It is a continuation from the Autumn semester.

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

Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm

Dates: 30 January- 10 April 2018 (no class on 13 February)

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 Robyn Ashworth-Steen

RAS

Exploring Radical Torah to Create Social Change

4-week course (location TBC)

Dates: TBC

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.

 

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.

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)

lhi

 

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