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Norman Berdichevsky

THE TRANSITION TO IVRIT AS A MODERN VERNACULAR AND HEBRAIZATION OF ISRAELI SOCIETY

4 week live ONLINE course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00 pm UK time

Dates:

25 October

1, 8, 15 November 2022

 

 

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

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:

The course will acquaint students with how Ivrit overcame many obstacles to become the modern national vernacular and animated a large part of the Jewish world, especially among the youth during the 20th century, infusing Zionism with dynamic cultural content.

The course will cover new vocabulary changes in the language & pronunciation, development of indigenous slang, including personal and family names, military matters, male-female relationships, courtship, child care, marriage, religion, food, popular songs, sports, cinema portraying narrative “From Jew to Hebrew”, clothing and nature and so on.

We will also discuss other areas, such as whether Israelis and Diaspora Jews “do not speak the same language”, the conflict with and rejection of Yiddish, other national revivals, Arab use of Ivrit and the perceived threat of English dominance in Israel.

No previous knowledge is needed to participate in this course other than an interest and curiosity in the Hebrew language!

 

Biography:

Norman has 45+ years professional experience as a teacher (Hebrew, English and Geography) at University and secondary school level. He has been lecturer, translator, writer, Jewish educator and community centre events director in U.S., U.K., Denmark and Israel. His 11 years of living in Israel on kibbutzim and in cities has given him much familiarity with Israeli society and culture, and great knowledge of Hebrew. He is the author of 6 books and 350 articles. He and his wife met in Israel as Hebrew translators and interpreters.

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our 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-

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RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

DAVID BECOMES KING

8-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates:

18, 25 October,
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November,
6 December 2022

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

The price for this 8-week course is £120.

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: 

The Book of Samuel is one of the masterpieces of world literature. While the overall story can be read and appreciated in translation, the full richness and subtleties of the narrative deserve spending time with the Hebrew text. This year we will continue our reading using the insights of rabbinic tradition and modern literary approaches to the text. Newcomers will quickly catch up on what has been covered before and together we will explore the unfolding drama of David’s rise to power.

 

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.

Testimonials:

”The professor’s whole demeanour was very friendly and inclusive (I am a Christian), and I really liked his fascinating insights about the literary aspects of the text studied. Although I have studied it before I learned a good deal that was new to me, especially points that are not easy to detect in translation. Although it was a continuation of an existing class, over time I felt able to contribute and I feel I was listened to and my thoughts considered with respect.”

”Rabbi Magonet’s delightful, inclusive manner and his creative interpretation of the material. His outstanding and original scholarship. The arc of the story and connections with other parts of the Tenach.”

”The critical analysis of the text and the multiple connections to other biblical passages and other historical material. This provides a deep contextual view of the story itself and its relevance in historical and local perspective. Also, the convivial atmosphere of the presentation and the discussions.
Rabbi Jonathan is quite approachable and I have learned much from the lectures, the materials provided but equally from his responses to my questions.”

”The story of an experienced and superb lecturer thanks to whom I am starting to understand some important aspects of the biblical story. Rabbi Magonet is an excellent narrator, ready to communicate with the participants and to develop a dialogue.”

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our 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.

PROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL

THE JEWISH GOD: WHO, WHAT AND WHERE?

4-week online course MORNING CLASS

Sunday 9.00-10.30am UK time (7.00-8.30pm AEDT on 23 October; 8.00-9.30pm AEDT other dates)

Dates:

23, 30 October

6, 13 November 2022

 

 

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

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

For students affiliated to Progressive Jewish communities in Australia the price of this course is £48. Please check the discount box on the registration page.

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: 

Although Jewish scriptures and liturgy are full of God-talk, the nature and personhood of the Jewish God is surprisingly little discussed by Jews compared to, say, Jewish law, history, politics and culture.
Assuming no prior study of theology (or belief), this course, taught from a Jewish feminist theistic perspective, will select a range of texts, art and photography to explore different, sometimes controversial, aspects of the Jewish theological imagination.

Our first session will ask: Who was/is God?
The group will be invited to consider the rich interplay between God’s absence and presence in the Jewish story; between Jewish voices of protest and praise, between God’s personal attributes as one who weeps and jokes with us, and God’s absolute abstraction, ‘blank as the desert air’. There will be some reflection on the meaning of God’s most mysterious name – I am Who I am.

The second session will ask: Where is God?
The Jewish God is a God who sometimes hides his face from us. The class will be introduced to some classic and modern Jewish texts that lament and protest the (dis)appearance of God. Discussion will also focus on post-Holocaust Jewish thought, whose dominant theme is the silence/absence/hiddenness of God in the darkness of the ‘collapsed star’ that was Auschwitz.

The third session will ask: Who could God be?This session, noting that Jewish God-talk has been an essentially masculine project, will introduce the God-She of Jewish Feminist theology and arguments for the historical existence of a Hebrew Goddess. We will discuss whether some contemporary Jewish feminists’ celebration of a Jewish Goddess is a reversion to the very paganism the tradition has repudiated and whether we should be gendering God at all. Perhaps the shifting, ambiguous nature of the Jewish God is best understood, as in Judith Plaskow’s recent thinking, as ‘transgendered’?

Our final session will ask: What is ‘God-optional’ Judaism?
Many people make a rich and active contribution to Jewish familial and communal life while identifying as secular, non-theistic Jews. This session will examine some examples of God-optional Jewish communities and debate whether Judaism makes sense without affirming a real and (absent)-present divine interlocutor who is the origin and object of the covenantal relation, the commandments, festivals, blessings and prayers.

 

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).

Testimonials:

”Melissa’s way of teaching and her point of view, and the ability to watch the recording. I didn’t always want to speak when participants were encouraged to, and there was no problem with that. I appreciated that I could switch between attending live or watch the recording.”

”The intellectual challenge of dealing with some complex concepts. Hearing other participants’ points of view and opinions. Professor Raphael’s teaching style and her facilitation skills.”

”Very engaging and interesting teaching, presented in a way that could be understood by many levels
The materials provided by Melissa before the course were also very helpful/interesting.”

 

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our 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.

Rabbi Fred Morgan

BACK TO “BACK TO THE SOURCES”

4-week online course

Tuesday 9.00-10.30am UK time MORNING CLASS (8.00-9.30pm AEDT)

Dates:

22, 29 November

6, 13 December 2022

 

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

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

For students affiliated to Progressive Jewish communities in Australia the price of this course is £48. Please check the discount box on the registration page.

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:

Barry Holtz first published “Back to the Sources”, a ground-breaking collection of essays on the major areas of classical Jewish literature, in the mid-1980s.  It remains today one of the best introductions to the subject ever produced.  The diverse authors of these essays write in a style that is both scholarly and accessible to lay people.  Each session we’ll look at one of the essays to unpack its insights into that genre of rabbinical literature: midrash, talmud, Biblical commentary and medieval philosophy.  Along the way we’ll update the bibliographies.  By the end of the course, we’ll have a comprehensive overview of the classical sources of our Jewish heritage and how they both mould and reflect Jewish understandings of the world.  “Back to the Sources” is readily available in hard copy and on Kindle through online booksellers.

 

Biography: 

Fred Morgan taught Religious Studies with specialisation in the religions of India at the University of Bristol before entering LBC for rabbinic studies.  After receiving s’mikhah from the College in 1984, he served at North West Surrey Synagogue for 13 years. His association with the College continued through this period, teaching courses in midrash and in contemporary Jewish thought to both rabbinic and MA students, and filling various academic and administrative roles.  In 1997 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the College.  (He was made Hon Fellow of LBC for a second time in 2009, to mark his 25 years in the rabbinate.)

In the same year Rabbi Morgan took up the post of Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia.  During his tenure at TBI he twice served as Chair of the Assembly of Rabbis in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  Over the years he has spent extended periods working with progressive communities in Budapest, Perth, Wellington and Singapore, as well as briefer periods with other communities across Australia and Asia.

In 2013 Rabbi Morgan was appointed Emeritus Rabbi at TBI, and he was also awarded Membership in the Order of Australia for his services to the Jewish community and to interfaith relations.  Subsequently he served as Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, and as Rabbinic Advisor to the Union for Progressive Judaism in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  He has also taught for the Melton Adult Jewish Learning program for several years, and he has recently begun teaching by Zoom for the University of the Third Age.

For the past 12 years Rabbi Morgan has led Jewish-themed tours to destinations around the globe, including several tours to Central and Eastern European destinations, India, Morocco, the Balkans, South America, the Silk Road in Central Asia and outback Australia. His tour to the Caucasus has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He is married to Sue and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Testimonials:

‘I really enjoyed Rabbi Morgan’s great knowledge and accessibility in class. Joining the class in Melbourne, I enjoyed the comments of the English and European participants. I wish the course had lasted a couple more weeks. We covered a lot of ground in 4 weeks – would have been good to have had more time for more discussion. I hope Rabbi Morgan will run more courses with Lehrhaus. I thought Zoom was very successful for this course in joining people on different continents and in different countries. It all worked very smoothly and easily and I am a complete technophobe.”

”Rabbi Fred’s course was fantastic.  He is so encouraging and inclusive. Thanks to Lehrhaus for the course and I am interested in future courses with Rabbi Fred.”

”It was interesting and thought provoking. Rabbi Morgan’s classes are always very enjoyable.”

”This was a wonderful class and I would happily do another class with Rabbi Morgan!”

 

We will be using ZOOM for all our 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.

This course will be taught by a variety of LBC faculty teachers

This course will be taught by a variety of LBC faculty teachers. Full programme coming soon.

8-week live on-line course

Tuesday  11.15am – 12.45pm UK time

Dates: coming soon

 

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

The price for this 8-week course is £120.

For the students who continue this class the discounted price is £80.

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: coming soon

 

 

We will be using ZOOM for all our 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.

 

Rabbi Dr Rene Pfertzel

Title: TBC

4-week online course

ALL DETAILS COMING SOON

 

 

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: coming soon

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.

Testimonials:

”This was the third course I have taken at Lehrhaus over the past few years, and once again I really enjoyed Rabbi René’s engaging teaching style. He is such a good teacher!”

”I enjoy the participation of the other attending the course to the discussion, even if I do not intervene (too shy, I’m sorry). There was no doubt about the preparation of the teacher and the atmosphere created. The fact that is on line and the possibility to watch again the recording.”

”Excellent professor, without equal. Rabbi Rene Pfertzel is the perfect mixture of intellect, curiosity and heart. He is a first class communicator, gentle and probing. His classes were intellectually stimulating, well-organized, thought-provoking.”

”The course enabled me to achieve my aims because of (a) the informational/didactic input provided by René; (b) the invitations to reflection that he offered through the questions that he posed to the group; and (c) the engagement of my fellow course participants who shared their thoughts and experiences in an open, trusting way.”

ALL DETAILS COMING SOON

 

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.

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