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 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

This coming year sees the return of many exciting courses plus the addition of online learning opportunities to enable even more people to study with us.

We are also delighted to offer Modern Hebrew Ulpan on-line classes as part of the Lehrhaus along with classes for different levels and experience.

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 have a limited number of participants, which 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 now accept online payments for all courses.

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

Please see below for all the course descriptions (please click on the plus button for all information).

Upcoming  courses (still more to come):

LIAT ARAHONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

10-week live on-line courses

Dates:  Autumn 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 4 weeks after each session.

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

 

We have made a short video of our ON-LINE Beginner’s Ulpan class to give you a taste of what is on offer:

 

 

Beginners B1:

10-week on-line course

Dates: TBC October-December 2020

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 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners  B2

Tuesday 5.15-7.15pm UK time

Dates: July: 14, 21, 28
August: 4, 11, 18
September: 1, 8, 15, 22 2020

Course Description:

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

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners/Intermediate  B5

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm

Dates: 16, 23, 30 July
6, 13, 20, 27 August
3, 10, 17, 24 September 2020

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B4 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

 

  • 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

Bio:

I have been teaching Ivrit for many years,  working with the WZ Organization, the London Jewish Community Centre (JW3), Hampstead Suburbs Synagogue, and more.

 

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.”

 

 

Biography: 

I have been teaching Ivrit for many years, working with the WZ Organization, the London Jewish Community Centre (JW3), Hampstead Suburbs Synagogue, and more.

 

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 MARK SOLOMON

Lehrhaus on the Road (On-line Course hosted by Sukkat Shalom, Wanstead) 

Rabbi Mark Solomon: God in Times of Trouble: Themes in Rabbinic Thought

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00PM

Dates: 8, 15, 29 October and 5 November 2020

 

Please note there is NO session on the 22nd October. This is because Leo Baeck College is holding the second Lionel Blue Memorial Lecture, delivered by Trevor Phillips on this date.

 

Course description:

This course will explore diverse ways the Sages of the Talmud tried to understand the nature and action of God, in the midst of the challenges of their times. One challenge was the confrontation with other belief systems: not just ancient paganism but the newer religions of Christianity and Gnosticism in their various forms. Another challenge was the destruction of the Temple and the Exile. Was God still accessible, now there was no divine dwelling place on earth? Was the exile a sign of God’s rejection of sinful Israel, or had God gone into hiding? Over time, different answers emerged, and the texts we shall study range from the Mishnah and Talmud to early and later midrashim. These texts might shock us with their anthropomorphic way of speaking about the divine, which was so problematic for the philosophers. The Rabbis work through vivid stories and images, rather than abstract ideas. Can they still speak to us today, with all our religious doubts and all our scientific certainties? As we read the texts (in English translation) we will touch on the responses of modern scholars and thinkers.

Session One (8 October): Two Powers in Heaven – The Oneness of God and the Contexts of Rabbinic Theology

Session Two (15 October): The Quality of Judgement and the Quality of Mercy – God’s Split Personality

Session Three (29 October): Where is the Shekhinah I – God Suffering with Us

Session Four (5 November): Where is the Shekhinah II – God Suffering without Us

 

Biography: 

Mark Solomon is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, Rabbi of the Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish communities, and Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism. He holds a BA (Hons.) in English Literature from the University of Sydney and an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College, where he completed a dissertation on the thought of the great anti-Maimonidean philosopher Hasdai Crescas. He was born in Sydney and studied in yeshiva in Melbourne and Kfar Habad, before completing rabbinic studies at Jews’ College, London, where he was ordained in 1991. He has served as rabbi at Watford United Synagogue, West Central Liberal Synagogue, and The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (St John’s Wood). He is co-chair of the London Society of Jews and Christians and an honorary rabbi of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group. He lives in Friern Barnet.

 

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

Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue (in Wanstead) is fully subsidising this course for its members, so for those members signing up, there will be no charge.

For non-members, the price is £60.00.

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 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.

 

DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

The Heresies of Baruch Spinoza  

 4-week live on-line course

Monday 7.00-8.30pm  UK time

Dates: 9, 16, 23, 30 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:

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:

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.

 

DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

Introduction to the thought 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:

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 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

Dates: February 2021 TBC

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:

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.