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Copyrights – 2022 – Professor Melissa Raphael – All Rights Reserved

Description:

Noting that there does not seem to be a visitable heritage and category of Jewish gardens equivalent to those of other world faiths, this podcast suggests that the essentially literary nature of the Jewish garden far from prevents its theological re-imagination for the contemporary age. Where modernity’s desolation of the earth has banished even God from Eden’s sanctuary, gardening that offers a horticultural space of refuge and refreshment for God’s creation to flourish in safety and peace is not just a hobby but a messianic vocation.

Photo: Debra Band’s frontispiece illumination for her book The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in the Garden (2005).

 

Biography: 

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).

 

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Copyrights – 2022 – Dr Jo-Ann Myers – All Rights Reserved

Description: I will be presenting my Doctoral Research on Hebrew Pedagogy, on the subject of integrating Biblical and Modern Hebrew as a way to enhance the Teaching and learning of Hebrew.

 

Biography: Dr Jo-Ann Myers is Director of Jewish Education at Leo Baeck College. Jo-Ann is the Course Team Leader for the MA in Jewish Educational Leadership and is also responsible for the Certificate in Jewish Education. She teaches on both the MA programme and a module in Jewish Education on the rabbinic programme. She is also responsible for the Lehrhaus, the Leo Baeck College adult learning programme. Jo-Ann is also a Hebrew language specialist and has developed the Eizeh Kef Hebrew programme which is now used in over twenty different communities and schools in the UK, Europe and abroad. She also teaches and conducts Hebrew teacher training in a wide range of contexts. Her Doctorate in Professional Studies focuses on Hebrew pedagogy and the linking between Biblical and Modern Hebrew in teaching and learning.

 

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Copyrights – 2022 – Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen – All Rights Reserved

Description: In this podcast episode we will wander together as we explore the Jewish identity of wandering and exile and how we can start to realize its power.  We will find how embedded exile is in our texts, stories and liturgy and even in our relationship with divinity.

 

Robyn is the Principal Rabbi at Manchester Reform Synagogue and after studying Theology and Religious Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge, practiced as a human right lawyer.  Robyn is a fellow of the Jewish Justice Centre/Tzelem’s 2022 social justice fellowship and is on the leadership team for Greater Manchester Citizens (a broad-based alliance).   As well as being a chaplain of the One Love team for the universities, Robyn is also a member of the Research Impact Advisory Group of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. Robyn has published journal articles and other works, including a chapter in the recently published book – ‘Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community’. Robyn also regularly appears on BBC Radio Manchester, Radio 4’s Beyond Belief and is a Pause for Thought contributor. In 2020 Robyn as named as one of the 40 under 40s in the wider community.  Robyn is interested in creating relational, textured, activist communities built by individuals who are enabled to step into their own power through Torah and community to collectively organise for a more just world.

 

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