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Copyrights – 2023 – Professor Melissa Raphael – All Rights Reserved

PROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL: What’s Jewish About Jewish Art? – Live online free talk 7 May 2023

Talk Description:

Many commentators today would be wary of claiming that modern Jewish art has any exclusively Jewish religious and stylistic characteristics. Instead, they would argue that modern Jewish art belongs within the movements, techniques, and imaginary that make up the wider history of western art. In this illustrated talk, Professor Emerita Melissa Raphael, author of Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art, will question that prevailing view. She will suggest (after Anthony Julius) that Jewish artists’ variously prophetic engagements with the Second Commandment’s proscription of idolatrous images present us with a definitively Jewish type of Jewish art.

 

As well as teaching at Leo Baeck College in the areas of modern Jewish thought and Jewish responses to evil and suffering, Melissa Raphael is Professor Emerita (Jewish Theology) at the University of Gloucestershire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester. She has been the Sherman Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester; the Hussey Lecturer in the Church and the Arts at the University of Oxford, and the British Government’s Foreign Office delegate to the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Research.
Professor Raphael is the author of numerous articles and books. Her books include Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996); Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (Oxford University Press, 1997); The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2003); Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (Continuum, 2009), and Religion, Feminism and Idoloclasm: Being and Becoming in the Women’s Liberation Movement (Routledge, 2019). Melissa is an occasional columnist for The Jewish Chronicle. Judaism.

 

 

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Copyrights – 2023 – Rabbi Dr Rene Pfertzel  – All Rights Reserved

RABBI DR RENÉ PFERTZEL: BEING PROGRESSIVE AND SPIRITUAL – Live online free talk 16 April 2023

Talk Description:

Is there such a thing as Progressive spirituality? How do we talk about God, how do we talk to God? Ask any Jew in the synagogue, what is Judaism? and you’ll get many answers, and even more. In this talk, I would like to explore with you the concept of Jewish spirituality? Can we be Progressive Jews and aspire to a spiritual life? And what about spirituality and religion? A Israeli sticker in the early 2010s read, there are many ways to be Jewish. Let’s see if and where spiritual fit.

 

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.

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Copyrights – 2022 Dr Laliv Clenman and Rabbi Mark Solomon – All Rights Reserved

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Should traditional Jewish marriage – kiddushin – be abandoned, modified, or preserved? Two scholars debate its merits, and how the rabbis viewed this crucial element of Jewish life.

 

Dr Laliv Clenman is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature. A specialist in Rabbinics and Hebrew and Aramaic language and literature, she is particularly interested in the multiplicity, diversity and development of rabbinic law and in the complex relationship between halakhah and aggadah. Her research focuses on the nature of talmudic and midrashic discourse, as well as problems of identity and status, including intermarriage, gender, sexuality, the construction of Jewishness and the impact of halakhah on the individual.

 

 

Mark L Solomon is senior lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, rabbi of Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish Communities, and Rosh Beit Din of Liberal Judaism. He studied at Lubavitcher yeshivot in Melbourne and Kfar Chabad, where he received an intensive grounding in Kabbalistic and Hasidic ideas. He received semichah at Jews’ College and an MA in Jewish Studies through Leo Baeck College, where he has taught for thirty years, and is currently teaching the module on Kabbalah and Hasidism.

 

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Copyrights – 2022Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet and Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh – All Rights Reserved

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In this conversation, two graduates of Leo Baeck College who went on to teach Jewish and Biblical studies on the College’s faculty explore something of their personal relationship to the Biblical prophets. It allows them to reflect on the freedom offered by the Lehrhaus programme to explore together with the participants the many-sided dimensions of biblical and other Jewish sources.

 

Jonathan Magonet has a medical degree, rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College and gained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg with a thesis on ‘Form and Meaning: Studies in Literary Techniques in the Book of Jonah’. He is the author of several books on the Hebrew Bible, his most recent being How did Moses know he was a Hebrew? Reading Bible stories from within (Hakodesh Press, 2021).

For forty years he was full time Professor of Bible at Leo Baeck College, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Bible. He was Principal of the College from 1985-2005.

He has co-edited  the prayer books of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and has pioneered Jewish interfaith dialogue with Christians and Muslims, recorded in his book Talking to the Other. He is editor of the College’s journal European Judaism, and has published a collection of his poems ‘Ghostwalk‘, as well as ‘Netsuke Nation‘, short stories based on his experience as a guest professor in Japan. An occasional performer of his own songs, he enjoys playing blues harmonica.

 

Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh has lectured at Leo Baeck College since 1984 and has taught, over the years, Bible, Parshanut, Rabbinic Literature, Aramaic and Practical Rabbinics. Qualifications: BA Hons in Ancient and Medieval Hebrew with Aramaic and Syriac; PhD in Targumic Studies (UCL, 1975-1982).

Publications: Siddur Lev Chadash (assoc Editor); Machzor Ruach Chadashah (Co-Editor); High and Holy Days: A Book of Jewish Wisdom (Co-Editor); Prayers of Awe, 2010 – (contributor). A Jewish Book of Comfort (co-editor); Bright and Beautiful: poems inspired by the natural world; Great and Small: more poems inspired by the natural world: Stumbling on the Mountains of Twilight: Topical Sermons 1992-2019; Confronting Covid 19 (editor) His research interests are focused on Liturgy, the biblical Prophets, and Climate Change and species extinction.

 

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Talk Description:

In this session chaired by Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, we will look at the results of the 1 November Israeli election and analyse what this will mean for the formation of a new Israeli government. Who will be the future Prime Minister? And what coalition will support that new Prime Minister? Will we see a comeback from Bibi Netanyahu?  And what will this mean for the issues that progressive Jews care about?

 

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is Senior Rabbi at The Ark Synagogue (NPLS), UK. She is the international chair of arzenu – The Political Voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists. In her role as arzenu chair, she has the privilege of working alongside the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the World Union of Progressive Judaism in promoting Progressive Jewish values in the Israeli political discourse.

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Copyrights – 2022 – Rabbi Lea Mühlstein – All Rights Reserved

This free talk is sponsored by Arzenu, the political voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists within the World Zionist Organisation and its subsidiaries. This is an opportunity not to be missed as you will be learning with Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, chair of Arzenu.

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Talk Description:

On 1 November, Israelis will be heading back to the polls for the fifth time in under four years. In this session led by Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, we will try to understand why Israel has so many elections and how the Israeli electoral system works. And then we will attempt to look ahead – who will be the likely winners and losers and what will this mean for the issues that progressive Jews care about?

 

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is Senior Rabbi at The Ark Synagogue (NPLS), UK. She is the international chair of arzenu – The Political Voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists. In her role as arzenu chair, she has the privilege of working alongside the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the World Union of Progressive Judaism in promoting Progressive Jewish values in the Israeli political discourse.

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Copyrights – 2022 – Rabbi Lea Mühlstein – All Rights Reserved

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