Please see below for all the course descriptions (click on the plus button (+) to open up each course).

Dr Jo-Ann Myers

Welcome to Eizeh Kef, a Modern Hebrew reading programme for children aged between 5 and 10 years.

The programme, including its graphics and design, has been produced exclusively for Leo Baeck College in the United Kingdom and is unique.

The programme comprises seven units, with the fifth unit having just been published. The first four units are already being used widely in the UK, some parts of Europe, the USA and South Africa.

For all details please go to:

Eizeh Kef Programme

 

Dr Jo-Ann Myers

Watch the webinar on ‘Language learning in/as religious education’ from Cambridge Interfaith Programme as part of Interfaith week UK

 

 

Dimensions of religious literacy

On Wednesday 16th, we partnered with Leo Baeck College to run a webinar comparing two recent case studies exploring the role of Hebrew learning in Jewish schools. How does the role of language learning as a component of religiosity differ according to context? How is this similar or different to what occurs in other places and other faiths?

CIP researcher Dr Anastasia Badder summarised findings from her fieldwork in Luxembourg, highlighting the observational-analytical approach of her anthropological study. Dr Jo-Ann Myers (Leo Baeck) drew on action research conducted for her doctorate to illustrate how she challenged a typical division between Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew lessons to improve engagement and comprehension among 7- and 8-year-olds. Linguistic anthropologist Dr Leslie C. Moore (Ohio State) drew upon her own studies of Muslim communities from Cameroon and Somalia to raise questions about curriculum organisation (oral v written, what counts as success) and the spiritual dimension of religious language learning.

While our second planned respondent was not able to attend, this event benefited from generous audience participation, contributing testimony about Muslim Arabic literacies in Australia, South Africa and the UK. The speakers are continuing to collaborate and we hope to host a further event exploring the topic of religious literacies in more depth in 2023. The speakers and participants gave permission for a recording, shared below.

Pamela Hartog

6-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 

22 February,
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2023

All sessions will be recorded and available to students for 7 days after each session.

The price for this 6-week course is £90

 

To pre-book your place on this course please email Jarek on lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk.

Course Description:

If you are a teacher or an assistant in a Jewish Supplementary School (Religion School or Cheder) and you would like to enhance your skills and knowledge, then this on-line course is for you.

All participants will receive a Leo Baeck College certificate on completion of one or both parts.

The 6 weeks will cover the basics of pedagogy: child development, differentiation, classroom management, classroom environment and lesson planning. Different pedagogical methods and approaches will be showcased throughout.

Between each session, students will be asked to do some reading around the topic for the following week.

Students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their teaching if they so wish (to be discussed individually with the tutor).

 

Biography: 

Pamela Hartog MA is a qualified teacher with many years’ experience in primary schools, early childhood settings and supplementary schools. She worked for Leo Baeck College (formerly CJE) for 18 years as the Resources and Conferences Co-ordinator and part of her work was to administer and teach on the Foundation Course for Religion School Teachers. She now visits schools and hosts schools at her synagogue, teaching non-Jews about Judaism. She was part of the group at the Board of Deputies which has set up an accreditation scheme for those who host visits at synagogues and go into schools to teach about Judaism. Pamela has an MA in Jewish Education from the London Metropolitan University and Leo Baeck College.

 

 

We will be using ZOOM as our on-line platform for all sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience. To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

Pamela Hartog

4-week online course

Dates: TBC

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants for 7 days after the class.

The price for this 4-week course is £60.

To pre-book your place on this course please email Jarek on lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk.

Course description:

You don’t have to be an artist to use arts and crafts as a teaching tool. This course will highlight how arts and crafts can be used to enhance teaching and learning in any Jewish educational setting for different ages.

The first session will examine why we may want to use arts and crafts in our lessons and I will give guidance in planning an art session. We will also discuss integrating arts and crafts into other topics and themes. The remaining three sessions will focus specifically on Shabbat, festivals and Israel and I will give practical ideas for art projects in these topics.

We will create lesson plans so that participants will come away with ready-to-use lessons for different settings. Everyone will have the opportunity to create some artwork based on the various techniques demonstrated during the course.

A list of arts and crafts materials will be sent out to all participants before each session.

 

Biography: 

Pamela Hartog MA is a qualified teacher with many years’ experience in primary schools, early childhood settings and supplementary schools. She worked for Leo Baeck College (formerly CJE) for 18 years as the Resources and Conferences Co-ordinator and part of her work was to administer and teach on the Foundation Course for Religion School Teachers. She now visits schools and hosts schools at her synagogue, teaching non-Jews about Judaism. She is part of the group at the Board of Deputies which has set up an accreditation scheme for those who host visits at synagogues and go into schools to teach about Judaism. Pamela has an MA in Jewish Education from the London Metropolitan University and Leo Baeck College.

 

 

We will be using ZOOM as our on-line platform for all sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience. To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

Frankie Gruzd

WRESTLING WITH GOD IN THE CHEDER CLASSROOM

4- week online course

 

Dates: TBC

 

Please email us if you are interested in this course.

When we have a sufficient number of students we will contact you regarding possible dates.

 

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants for 7 days after the class.

The price for this 4-week course is £60.

To pre-book your place on this course please email Jarek on lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk. When the course is confirmed we will send you the link to register and pay.

Course description:

Drawing upon insights from her own postgraduate qualitative research into the role and nature of belief amongst Zoomer Generation and Zoomers adolescents and classroom experiences, this course will help Jewish Supplementary School Educators and Head Teachers prepare for the challenges of wrestling with theological questions and subjects with the current generation of Progressive cheder pupils.

Knowing before whom you stand: belief and unbelief in 21st Century cheder classrooms; Generation Z, how they map against models of faith and cognitive readiness for theological questions.

Knowing where you stand: why educators’ own personal theologies matter, wrestling with God as given in the Siddur and the Torah, without side stepping the liturgist’s theology, hiding behind ancient metaphors; or leaving God for the Bimah.

Many possible faces and spaces of God in the Classroom: reactive and pro-active inclusion in curricula, preparing for questions, framing and reframing Torah texts for each age group, values and valuing pupils.

Accepting or Challenging Unbelief?:  teaching in polydoxical environments; ways of making agnostism more overt, creating spaces for spiritual growth through play, Jewish Philosophy and notions of authority.

 

Biography: 

Frankie Gruzd is a top graduate of Leo Baeck’s MA in Jewish Educational Leadership, Frankie is currently Head of HomeShul/Cheder at Bromley Reform and Head of South Bucks Jewish Community (LJ). She is also a writer and designer of curricula materials for UK Progressive synagogues.

 

We will be using ZOOM as our on-line platform for all sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience. To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

 

 

 

 

 

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