Welcome to Lehrhaus @ Leo Baeck College
Home of Adult Jewish Learning

Leo Baeck College trains rabbis and educators equipped for the 21st century. It is where the leaders of Progressive Judaism are nurtured, and where the heart of Progressive Jewish thought is developed.

In addition to our academic programmes, the College offers adults the opportunity to study with our world-renowned faculty and specialist teachers on a range of subjects as part of the Lehrhaus, our adult Jewish learning programme following in the footsteps of the Frankfurt Lehrhaus established in 1920 by Franz Rosenzweig.

Any surplus generated from Lehrhaus activities is re-invested to enable the College to develop the programme.  Concessions may be considered to avoid exclusion on account of affordability.  Please contact Jarek: Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

MASTERCLASSES

Our Lehrhaus Masterclasses may attract a high number of participants and it may not be possible for everyone to see each other via video or to have all their questions answered during the presentation. Participants will, however, be able to use the chat provision. Any unanswered burning questions can be emailed to the presenter up to a week following the class.

COURSES

Our Lehrhaus courses allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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 email: lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

We accept online payments for all courses.

Before making any payment online, please read our terms & conditions and our cancellation and refund policy.

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

Upcoming  courses (still more to come):

LIAT ARAHONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

10-week live on-line courses

Dates:  Autumn 2020

 

All sessions will be recorded and available to students for 4 weeks after each session.

 

 

Beginners B1:

10-week on-line course

Dates:

5, 12, 19, 26 January

2, 9, 23 February

2, 9, 16 March 2021

Course Description:

For students who do not know the Hebrew alphabet either in block or script.

For students who are unable to communicate at all in Hebrew.

The price for this 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners/Intermediate  B6

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm

Dates:

October : 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November : 5, 12, 19, 26

December : 3

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B5 courses but new students are welcome. Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level.

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Intermediate I2:

10-week on-line course

Dates: TBC

Course Description:

  • For students who can read and write in Hebrew block and script with confidence
  • For students who are able to communicate in Hebrew about day to day subjects but want to improve their ability to speak, to watch Israeli films, listen to Israeli radio and read Israeli newspapers
  • For students who do not know or have partial knowledge of the past and/or future tenses

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Biography: 

Liat has been teaching Ivrit for many years in many different contexts, including the World Zionist Organization, the London Jewish Community Centre (JW3) and various synagogue communities.

 

Testimonials:

‘’Liat is an excellent teacher and ensured that all of us were working at our own levels.
The small group made it possible to practice spoken Hebrew with each other.
I enjoyed learning with the group.’’

”First of all, the fact that it was available! I have often considered signing up for Hebrew classes in London but the fact that this would require me to schlep up to town one evening every week after a working day ultimately put me off. (If I were 20 or even 10 years younger, I might have been up for it.) When I found that the LBC Lehrhaus programme was offering weekly online classes in Hebrew for beginners, I had to give it a go, especially as I had had such a positive experience with an online Lehrhaus course in the autumn.

As always with these courses, the teacher is the vital element. Liat has been fabulous. Her approach is interesting in that she uses a text that allows us to move forward each week while also revisiting and hopefully consolidating previous learning. Friends expressed surprise that we didn’t move beyond the present tense but I can see the sense in that. Liat was getting us accustomed to using verbs and so, at this early stage in our acquisition of Hebrew, it didn’t make sense to over-complicate things. She was also encouraging and supportive but focused: after all, we were there to achieve a particular goal and so it wouldn’t have made sense to allow us to take things easy or not to correct us when required.

I also enjoyed the sense of ‘group-ness’ that Liat created with us. Within a few weeks, the group felt like a safe, supportive space in which to get things wrong and try things out. I’m not sure how we achieved this together but it was important. (Liat may have been adopting a deliberate strategy of drawing everyone in.) The creation of a WhatsApp group was a great idea and may have contributed to that sense of group-ness as we exchanged messages in Hebrew, teased each other and did quite an amount of laughing.”

”The rapport between the students, the pace of learning and the teaching methods of the tutor are excellent.”

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI ROBERTA HARRIS-ECKSTEIN

Biblical Hebrew – Beginners

10-week live on-line course

Monday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7 December 2020

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

I first learned Biblical Hebrew at University College, London. I soon found that from this base I could understand our prayers and even some Modern Hebrew. It is a beautiful language and I love still learning it and teaching it to others.  This beginner’s course will cover the basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar and enable students to independently read, translate and grammatically understand some sections from the Hebrew Bible.

Participants of Biblical Hebrew class are required to buy this text book:

“The First Hebrew Primer”.

Third edition. Revised with new explanatory notes.

Authors: Simon, Resnikoff and Motzkin.

ISBN 0-939144-15-8.

Available at Amazon from approximately £33, plus postage.

 

Pre-requisite: Students will also need to know their Hebrew alphabet to participate in this course.

Before our Hebrew course begins please view the following online resource which will help you to learn or revise and how to write square script Hebrew efficiently.  It will also introduce you to the shapes and use of the vowels and there is even some vocabulary to learn.  I’m looking forward to our first meeting after the High Holy days.  

Rabbi Roberta

Hebrew Alphabet (Alefbet) + Vowels – full tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxvqIxTE3A&feature=youtu.be

 

Biography: 

I studied ancient history and archaeology of the Near East, specialising in Israel and then went on to teach Bible and Biblical Archaeology as well as Biblical Hebrew for many years. More recently I studied to become a rabbi at Leo Baeck College and was ordained in 2018.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek for Beginners

10-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-8.45pm

Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 October,
4, 11, 18, 25 November,
2, 9 December 2020 (TBC)

Photo: Frank Dabba Smith

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Classical Greek was not just the language of Homer and Plato but was also the language of the oldest known translation of the Hebrew Bible into any other language, known as the Septuagint.  If you’ve ever struggled trying to learn the Hebrew alphabet, reading Greek will seem gloriously simple. The phrase “It’s all Greek to me” is only for those who’ve never even tried.  This course is Classical Greek for complete beginners – including the alphabet. Even early on, we’ll get a chance to look at some Greek Bible texts which are strangely different from the Hebrew.

Required book (essential purchase) Greek to GSCE Part I: Revised edition for OCR GCSE Classical Greek by John Taylor, Bloomsbury, London 2016

Biography: 

Michael is Rabbi Emeritus of Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, Scholar in Residence at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, a senior lecturer in Vocational Studies at Leo Baeck College and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Manchester University. His research interests include Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism and Islam.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek – Level 2

10-week live on-line course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm

Dates: 30 September, 7, 14, 28 October,
4, 11, 18, 25 November, 2, 9 December 2020 (TBC)

Photo: Frank Dabba Smith

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This course is for students who can already read Classical Greek and are familiar with basic vocabulary, sentence structure, and tenses.  New students are welcome but will be assessed by the lecturer before entering this level. The course will include simplified readings from Aristophanes, Plato and the Septuagint.

Required book (essential purchase) Greek to GSCE Part 2: Revised edition for OCR GCSE Classical Greek by John Taylor, Bloomsbury, London 2016

 

Biography: 

Michael is Rabbi Emeritus of Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, Scholar in Residence at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, a senior lecturer in Vocational Studies at Leo Baeck College and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Manchester University. His research interests include Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism and Islam.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

David becomes king   

8-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00PM

Dates: 13, 20, 27 October, 3, 10, 17, 24 November, 1 December 2020

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

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   We will begin with chapter one of Second Samuel.

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.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£108)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£96).

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

PAMELA HERTOG AND GUESTS

Teacher Training for Jewish Supplementary Schools 

12-week live on-line course (part 1 and 2)

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 

Part 1: First 6 weeks: 10, 17, 24 Sept, 1, 8 & 15 October 2020

Part 2: Second 6 weeks: 12, 19, 26 Nov, 3, 10 & 17 December 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

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.
The course comprises two 6 week sessions, Part One and Part Two. Participants can choose to attend either part or both. Anybody who signs up for both at the same time will enjoy a 10% discount on the second set of sessions. All participants will receive a Leo Baeck College certificate on completion of one or both parts.

Part One: The first 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.

Part Two: The second 6 weeks will focus on how to teach festivals and life cycle events with practical ideas using different teaching and learning methods such as arts and crafts, music, drama and storytelling. In addition, teaching Hebrew, Shoah and Israel will also be covered.

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 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.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

Fees: £90 for each 6 weeks (10% reduction when signing up for both sets of 6 weeks)

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

 

PROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL

What’s Jewish About Jewish Art?

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00PM

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 November 2020

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This short, illustrated course will open by asking what we might mean by the phrase ‘Jewish art’.  Is it a body of work defined and governed by the biblical Second Commandment’s proscription of idolatrous images?  Or should the term ‘Jewish art’ be rejected as an empty classification of a body of work that has no definitively and exclusively Jewish historical, religious, and stylistic characteristics?

The course will then go on to offer an outline of classical rabbinic approaches to the making of permissible images.  The group will be invited to consider whether the rabbis’ ways of stopping images turning into idols are still useful in our own image-saturated twenty-first century.

By the third session of the course we will not only be looking at the history of Jewish women’s art, but also at the representation of Jewish women in twentieth-century Jewish art made by men.

The course will close by asking whether Jewish art has its own iconography of suffering. Our case study will be the surprisingly widespread use of crucifixion imagery in Holocaust and post-Holocaust art.

 

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).

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI ROBYN ASHWORTH-STEEN

Wandering Jews

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00PM

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2020

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Come and journey with me as we look at texts and teachings around our identity as wandering Jews. What does it mean for us to be wandering? How does this identity impact upon our personal Jewish practice? What are the possibilities for us personally and collectively if we embrace our identity as wandering Jews? Using a range of texts and discussion we will bring ourselves to our study and wander together.

We will use a range of sources (from the Torah, rabbinic literature and modern).

Biography: 

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen is one of the rabbis at Manchester Reform Synagogue – a community she grew up in as a child.  She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge for a degree in Theology & Religious Studies. After graduating Robyn studied at law school at MMU and then worked as a solicitor at a human rights firm in London specialising in asylum and human rights law.  After being re-united with her childhood dream to be a rabbi Robyn studied at Leo Baeck College.

Robyn is a passionate social justice activist and a co-founder of Tzelem: the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK.  Robyn is interested in creating relational, textured, activist communities.  She cares deeply about Greater Manchester and is interested in how the landscape of the city impacts on her city centre community and, in turn, how her community can contribute to the city.  Robyn is a trustee of the charity We Stand Together which is based in Manchester and seeks to celebrate diversity and strengthen community cohesion.  She is married to Anthony and they have a son, Gabriel.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

LIAT ARAHONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

10-week live on-line courses

Dates:  Spring 2021

 

All sessions will be recorded and available to students for 4 weeks after each session.

 

Beginners B1:

10-week on-line course

Tuesday 5.15-7.15pm UK time

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 January, 2, 9, 23 February, 2, 9, 16 March 2021

Course Description:

For students who do not know the Hebrew alphabet either in block or script.

For students who are unable to communicate at all in Hebrew.

The price for this 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners+  B7

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm UK time

Dates: 17 December, 7, 14, 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18, 25 February, 4 March 2021

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B6 courses but new students are welcome. Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level.

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Intermediate I2:

10-week on-line course

Dates: TBC

Course Description:

  • For students who can read and write in Hebrew block and script with confidence
  • For students who are able to communicate in Hebrew about day to day subjects but want to improve their ability to speak, to watch Israeli films, listen to Israeli radio and read Israeli newspapers
  • For students who do not know or have partial knowledge of the past and/or future tenses

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Biography: 

Liat has been teaching Ivrit for many years in many different contexts, including the World Zionist Organization, the London Jewish Community Centre (JW3) and various synagogue communities.

 

Testimonials:

‘’Liat is an excellent teacher and ensured that all of us were working at our own levels.
The small group made it possible to practice spoken Hebrew with each other.
I enjoyed learning with the group.’’

”First of all, the fact that it was available! I have often considered signing up for Hebrew classes in London but the fact that this would require me to schlep up to town one evening every week after a working day ultimately put me off. (If I were 20 or even 10 years younger, I might have been up for it.) When I found that the LBC Lehrhaus programme was offering weekly online classes in Hebrew for beginners, I had to give it a go, especially as I had had such a positive experience with an online Lehrhaus course in the autumn.

As always with these courses, the teacher is the vital element. Liat has been fabulous. Her approach is interesting in that she uses a text that allows us to move forward each week while also revisiting and hopefully consolidating previous learning. Friends expressed surprise that we didn’t move beyond the present tense but I can see the sense in that. Liat was getting us accustomed to using verbs and so, at this early stage in our acquisition of Hebrew, it didn’t make sense to over-complicate things. She was also encouraging and supportive but focused: after all, we were there to achieve a particular goal and so it wouldn’t have made sense to allow us to take things easy or not to correct us when required.

I also enjoyed the sense of ‘group-ness’ that Liat created with us. Within a few weeks, the group felt like a safe, supportive space in which to get things wrong and try things out. I’m not sure how we achieved this together but it was important. (Liat may have been adopting a deliberate strategy of drawing everyone in.) The creation of a WhatsApp group was a great idea and may have contributed to that sense of group-ness as we exchanged messages in Hebrew, teased each other and did quite an amount of laughing.”

”The rapport between the students, the pace of learning and the teaching methods of the tutor are excellent.”

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI ROBERTA HARRIS-ECKSTEIN

Biblical Hebrew – Beginners B2

10-week live on-line course

Monday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 11, 18, 25 January

1, 8, 15, 22 February

1, 8, 15 March 2021

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This course is a continuation of 10-week B1 course.

I first learned Biblical Hebrew at University College, London. I soon found that from this base I could understand our prayers and even some Modern Hebrew. It is a beautiful language and I love still learning it and teaching it to others.  This beginner’s course will cover the basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar and enable students to independently read, translate and grammatically understand some sections from the Hebrew Bible.

Participants of Biblical Hebrew class are required to buy this text book:

“The First Hebrew Primer”.

Third edition. Revised with new explanatory notes.

Authors: Simon, Resnikoff and Motzkin.

ISBN 0-939144-15-8.

Available at Amazon from approximately £33, plus postage.

 

Pre-requisite: Students will also need to know their Hebrew alphabet to participate in this course.

Before our Hebrew course begins please view the following online resource which will help you to learn or revise and how to write square script Hebrew efficiently.  It will also introduce you to the shapes and use of the vowels and there is even some vocabulary to learn.  I’m looking forward to our first meeting after the High Holy days.  

Rabbi Roberta

Hebrew Alphabet (Alefbet) + Vowels – full tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxvqIxTE3A&feature=youtu.be

 

Biography: 

I studied ancient history and archaeology of the Near East, specialising in Israel and then went on to teach Bible and Biblical Archaeology as well as Biblical Hebrew for many years. More recently I studied to become a rabbi at Leo Baeck College and was ordained in 2018.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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.

For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek for Beginners (B2)

10-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-8.45pm UK time

Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March; 21, 28 April; 5, 12 May 2021

Photo: Frank Dabba Smith

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This course is a continuation of 10-week B1 course.

Classical Greek was not just the language of Homer and Plato but was also the language of the oldest known translation of the Hebrew Bible into any other language, known as the Septuagint.  If you’ve ever struggled trying to learn the Hebrew alphabet, reading Greek will seem gloriously simple. The phrase “It’s all Greek to me” is only for those who’ve never even tried.  This course is Classical Greek for complete beginners – including the alphabet. Even early on, we’ll get a chance to look at some Greek Bible texts which are strangely different from the Hebrew.

Required book (essential purchase) Greek to GSCE Part I: Revised edition for OCR GCSE Classical Greek by John Taylor, Bloomsbury, London 2016

Biography: 

Michael is Rabbi Emeritus of Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, Scholar in Residence at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, a senior lecturer in Vocational Studies at Leo Baeck College and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Manchester University. His research interests include Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism and Islam.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek – Level 2

10-week live on-line course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm UK time

Dates:

3, 10, 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March; 21, 28 April; 5, 12 May 2021

Photo: Frank Dabba Smith

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This course is for students who can already read Classical Greek and are familiar with basic vocabulary, sentence structure, and tenses.  New students are welcome but will be assessed by the lecturer before entering this level. The course will include simplified readings from Aristophanes, Plato and the Septuagint.

Required book (essential purchase) Greek to GSCE Part 2: Revised edition for OCR GCSE Classical Greek by John Taylor, Bloomsbury, London 2016

 

Biography: 

Michael is Rabbi Emeritus of Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, Scholar in Residence at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, a senior lecturer in Vocational Studies at Leo Baeck College and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Manchester University. His research interests include Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism and Islam.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 10-week course is £150.

 

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:

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DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

Introduction to the Thoughts of Walter Benjamin

 4-week live on-line course

Monday 7.00-8.30pm  UK time

Dates: 11, 18, 25 January, 1 February 2021

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Today, Walter Benjamin – a German Jewish intellectual who took his own life in 1940 – is, undoubtedly, a cult figure. His ideas circulate, surrounded by an aura of exciting mystery, among academics, artists, political activists, and religious leaders alike. Although virtually unknown during his lifetime, Benjamin’s popularity has grown rapidly after his death, in part thanks to the efforts of his first readers: Gershom Scholem, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt. What they saw in Benjamin’s work was a fascinating combination of his varied influences and interests, which made his work truly unique and thus practically impossible to classify. Benjamin has been called a philosopher, a literary critic, a translator, a mystic, and a Marxist – all of which are (only) partially correct. In this course, the students will have a chance to develop their own interpretation of Benjamin’s eclectic thought by studying his essays on art, religion, politics, language, and history.

Biography: 

Dr Jakub Kowalewski obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Since then he has lectured in the Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy at the University of Winchester. Jakub’s doctoral thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examined the relationship between self-awareness and ethics in contemporary European philosophy, while his current research project explores modern-day significance of apocalyptic prophecy. Jakub is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he also worked as the Senior Youth Worker at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

 

Testimonials:

Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art – 4 week live ONLINE course, May 2020

The teacher was very knowledgeable, used a great methodology to make complex thoughts understood by the students, and was engaging and friendly. The topic is very complex and the reading material difficult to grasp, but he helped us understand it during the class.

Jakub was great. I enjoyed this course a lot. Good preparation, good amount of things to read, good discussion. 

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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:

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RABBI DR CHARLES MIDDLEBURGH

Preach and be Damned?

Live on-line Masterclass

Sunday, 11.00am-12.30pm UK time

Date: 21 February 2021

 

The session will be recorded and available to participants for 7 days after the class.

 

 

 

Masterclass description: 

Preach and be Damned? In 2020 Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, Dean of Leo Baeck College and long-standing congregational rabbi, published Stumbling on the Mountains of Twilight, a collection of his topical sermons given between 1992 and 2019. Join Charles as he talks about specific sermons, the process of writing, and then discuss with him the plusses and pitfalls of the rabbinic voice in the domain of national and international affairs.

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh has fulfilled a number of roles at Leo Baeck College since he started teaching in 1984. He is Associate Editor of the Liberal siddur, Lev Chadash, and co-editor of its machzor, Ruach Chadashah. Together with his long-standing collaborator Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein, he has co-edited two anthologies, High and Holy Days: A Book of Jewish Wisdom and A Jewish Book of Comfort. A published poet, Charles has produced two animal poem collections, Bright and Beautiful, and Great and Small. He is also the author of The Prophets of Israel and Stumbling on the Mountains of Twilight.

 

LBC MASTERCLASSES

Our Lehrhaus Masterclasses may attract a high number of participants and it may not be possible for everyone to see each other via video or to have all their questions answered during the presentation. Participants will, however, be able to use the chat provision. Any unanswered burning questions can be emailed to the presenter up to a week following the class.

 

If you are interested in this Masterclass and you want to pre-book your place, please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price is £20.

 

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:

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RABBI FRED MORGAN

Judaism in the Universe of Faiths

We are delighted to have another of our Alumni teach on the Lehrhaus. This time all the way from Australia so please note the early time start! This course is not to be missed!

 4-week live on-line course

Monday 9.00-10.30am  UK time,

8.00-9.30pm  AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time); UTC+11

Dates:  1, 8, 15, 22 February 2021

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

We live as never before in history in a multicultural, multi-religious universe.  We encounter other religious faiths every day through those who live around us.  How does Judaism view this religious diversity?  In the eyes of Jewish tradition, what kinds of inter-religious interactions are permitted?  Which are not?  How do we make sense of those whose faith traditions are radically different from our own?  Does Judaism have a mission or purpose beyond survival, and if so, how does that impact on our relations with other religious communities?  Given the importance of intercultural understanding in today’s world, should “interfaith dialogue” be a new mitzvah for Jews?  These are the kinds of questions we’ll be tackling in this short course, using current events and contemporary sources as well as classical texts.

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.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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:

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DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

The Heresies of Baruch Spinoza  

 4-week live on-line course

Tuesday 9.00-10.30am UK time

Tuesday 8.00-9.30pm  AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time); UTC+11

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2021

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Baruch Spinoza, a Sephardi Jew who lived in 17th century Netherlands, is undoubtedly one of the most controversial thinkers in the history of Western philosophy. One the one hand, he has been seen as a heretical and politically dangerous figure – Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community, he was expelled from Amsterdam, an attempt was made at his life, his works ended up on the Index of Forbidden Books, and for centuries the term “Spinozist” functioned as a label for atheist, immoralists, and political troublemakers of all sorts. On the other hand, for many, Spinoza is a radical democrat, a champion of freedom of speech, a Biblical expert, and an exquisite thinker, whose ground-breaking ideas influenced not only philosophy (Hegel famously said that “You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all”) but also modern science, politics, and religion.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the works of Spinoza. Throughout the course we will explore Spinoza’s views on God and nature; miracles, prophecy, and the divine law; morality and knowledge; and politics. Together, we will attempt to answer one question: is Spinoza’s reputation as a revolutionary heretic justified?

Biography: 

Dr Jakub Kowalewski obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Since then he has lectured in the Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy at the University of Winchester. Jakub’s doctoral thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examined the relationship between self-awareness and ethics in contemporary European philosophy, while his current research project explores modern-day significance of apocalyptic prophecy. Jakub is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he also worked as the Senior Youth Worker at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

 

Testimonials:

Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art – 4 week live ONLINE course, May 2020

The teacher was very knowledgeable, used a great methodology to make complex thoughts understood by the students, and was engaging and friendly. The topic is very complex and the reading material difficult to grasp, but he helped us understand it during the class.

Jakub was great. I enjoyed this course a lot. Good preparation, good amount of things to read, good discussion. 

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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:

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DR CHANI SMITH

Learn to leyn in 6 lessons

6-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.00-8.30pm UK time

Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 March, 7, 14 April 2021 

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Have you always wished you could leyn in shul? “Leyn” is the Yiddish word for chanting the Torah portion according to traditional melodies, called teamim or cantillation accents. This course is a chance to learn the art of Torah cantillation from home in 6 weeks. While 6 lessons may be a short time for the task, it is possible to achieve with practice between these weekly lessons. One pre-requisite is the ability to read pointed Hebrew and another is enthusiasm for learning to leyn. There is a limit of 10 participants on this course.

Biography: 

Dr Chani Smith is a lecturer of Torah reading and cantillation on the rabbinical programme at Leo Baeck College. She is a scholar of Jewish thought and a professional musician (flautist and composer). She has been teaching cantillation for decades and has published the popular booklet/CD “Learn to Leyn”, as well as a scholarly book, “Tuning the Soul: Music as a Spiritual Process in the Teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav”.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 4-week course is £90.

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£81)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£72).

 

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:

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PROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL

The Jewish God: Who, What and Where?

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00PM UK time

Dates: 28 April, 5, 12, 19 May  2021

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

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 history, law, politics, and culture.

Assuming no prior study of theology (or belief!), this course, taught by a Jewish theologian, will use art and photography, as well as some key texts, to explore different, and 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).

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£54)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£48).

 

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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DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas

8-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.00-8.30pm  UK time

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 May; 1, 8, 15, 22 June 2021

 

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

What makes Levinas one of the most important Jewish thinkers of the 20th century? One may come across different answers – some might say that the significance of Levinas lies in his writings on phenomenology and existentialism, and his critiques of Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre; others may argue that Levinas should be seen as primarily a Talmudic scholar and a philosopher of religion, whose idea of God successfully questions Nietzsche’s belief in the latter’s death; there are also those who claim that Levinas’s success should be measured by the effect he had on his younger colleagues such as Jacques Derrida, whose theory of deconstruction was explicitly indebted to Levinas.  Whichever answer one chooses to settle with, it is undeniable that the various strands of Levinas’s thinking have given rise to a truly unique philosophical system, whose crowning achievement is an ethics grounded in the face-to-face relation with another human being. The aim of this 8-week course is to allow students to delve into the rich intellectual world of Levinas by tracing the development of his thought from the early texts of 1940s to the later writings of 1970s.

Biography: 

Dr Jakub Kowalewski obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Since then he has lectured in the Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy at the University of Winchester. Jakub’s doctoral thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examined the relationship between self-awareness and ethics in contemporary European philosophy, while his current research project explores modern-day significance of apocalyptic prophecy. Jakub is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he also worked as the Senior Youth Worker at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

 

Testimonials:

Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art – 4 week live ONLINE course, May 2020

The teacher was very knowledgeable, used a great methodology to make complex thoughts understood by the students, and was engaging and friendly. The topic is very complex and the reading material difficult to grasp, but he helped us understand it during the class.

Jakub was great. I enjoyed this course a lot. Good preparation, good amount of things to read, good discussion. 

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for this 4-week course is £120.

All returning Lehrhaus students will enjoy a 10% discount (£108)  and a 20% discount if signing up for more than one course in the semester (£96).

 

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:

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DR ALINDA DAMSMA

Magic, Divination and Witchcraft in the Bible (I): The Woman of Endor

 4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-8.45pm UK time

Dates: 20, 27 May, 3, 10 June 2021

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

This 4-week online course is the first in a series on Magic, Divination and Witchcraft in the Bible, which takes the student on a bewitching journey throughout the Scriptures. This fascinating series kicks off with an introduction to the mysterious woman of Endor, who has often been (mis)labelled as a witch. In 1 Samuel 28 we encounter a female necromancer who raises the spirit of the prophet Samuel on the request of King Saul. In the first lesson the student will be introduced to this biblical story and to the woman of Endor. What do we know about her? Why did King Saul specifically ask for a female necromancer? How does she come across in the story? Thereafter, in the second lesson, we will look at this female figure in the wider Ancient Near Eastern context of women’s divination. The third lesson will be devoted to the reception history of 1 Samuel 28 in biblical and post-biblical times. Already in the Bible itself, in the First Book of Chronicles, King Saul’s desperate resort to necromancy is condemned as a major transgression, and subsequent Jewish and Christian commentators differ significantly in their attitude towards the woman of Endor. The demonization of the woman of Endor reached its climax during the early modern witch-craze that festered on the British Isles and beyond, and in the fourth and final lesson we will examine her prominent role in the learned concept of witchcraft as it circulated throughout Europe during the witch-hunts. In addition, we will look at the artistic depiction of her at that time and witness her dramatic transformation into a witch in these works of art. There are no language requirements for this course; the primary and secondary sources will be read in English.

Biography: 

Dr Alinda Damsma teaches Biblical Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL). She received her Bachelor and Master of Divinity from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2003) and her PhD from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL (2008). She formerly taught Biblical Hebrew at various levels at Leo Baeck College (also Biblical & Targumic Aramaic), King’s College London and the University of Oxford. Her past publications focused on Aramaic, the Targums, and Jewish mysticism, including her monograph The Targumic Toseftot to Ezekiel (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012). She is currently working on two monographs: a grammar of the Zohar, and a study on the perception of magic, divination, and witchcraft in the English Bible translations, particularly the King James Version and its predecessors, and their impact on the early modern witch-hunts. Her research interests are the Hebrew Bible, Bible translations, Semitics (specifically Paleo-Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic), Jewish mysticism, and magic and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

 

 

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:

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PAMELA HARTOG

Arts and Crafts in the Jewish Educational Setting

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 3, 10, 24 February and 3 March 2021 (no class on 17 Feb – half-term).

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

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.

 

To enrol on this course please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

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

 

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.

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