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:  Spring 2021

 

All sessions will be recorded and available to students for 2 weeks after each session.

 

Beginners B1:

10-week on-line course

Monday 5.00-7.00pm UK time 

Dates:

April 19, 26
May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on 17th)
June 7, 14, 21, 28

 

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 B2:

10-week on-line course

Tuesday 5.15-7.15pm UK time 

Dates: March 16, 23
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 25
June 1

 

Course Description:

Continuation of B1 course.

The price for this 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners+  B8

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm UK time 

Dates:

April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B7 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.

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RABBI ROBERTA HARRIS-ECKSTEIN

Biblical Hebrew – Beginners B3

10-week live on-line course

Monday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 26 April, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June

 

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 and B2 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.

 

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 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:

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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DR LALIV CLENMAN

Intermarriage in the Rabbinic Imagination

Live on-line Masterclass

Sunday, 4.00-5.30pm UK time

Date: 25 April 2021

 

 

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

 

Masterclass description: 

First in a series on intermarriage in the rabbinic literature, these masterclasses will explore a fascinating series of rabbinic halakhic (legal) and aggadic (narrative) texts on intermarriage, which was an extremely complex problem for the sages of antiquity. Texts will be provided in original and in translation – all levels welcome, from beginner to advanced.

 

Biography: 

Dr Laliv Clenman is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London.  She wrote her PhD Dissertation on Intermarriage in Classical Jewish Legal Sources at the University of Toronto.  Dr Clenman has been conducting research related to intermarriage in rabbinic literature over the past two decades and is currently working on a book on this same topic. She has taught MA-level courses on intermarriage in Jewish halakhah and aggadah in a variety of settings, including Leo Baeck College, King’s College, London and Hebrew College, Boston and has given talks related to intermarriage in rabbinic sources in various international forums including, Oxford, Cambridge, KCL, Limmud and major American conferences.  At the moment she is particularly interested in the question of whether there may have been two divergent schools of thought on intermarriage in early rabbinic sources such as the Mishna, Tosefta and the tannaitic midrashim, and how these approaches may be discerned in the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds.

 

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:

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

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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-

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

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

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:

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

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DR FRANK DABBA SMITH

Lesser-Known Aspects of Jewish History and Co-Existence in Berlin, Cochin, Marrakesh and Thessaloniki

 4-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 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: 

This course will draw upon a wide range of historic and visual resources to bring to light unusual aspects of four cities renowned for their long and varied Jewish histories.  These episodes challenge the breadth and depth of what may already know and understand.  Hopefully, course participants will be sufficiently inspired to wish to explore personally these four fascinating cities.

Biography: 

Frank Dabba Smith was born in 1955 in California and earned his first degree in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley.   After working as a freelance photographer and teacher, he trained to be a liberal rabbi at Leo Baeck College in London and served  from July 1997 until retiring in October 2019 at Mosaic Liberal Synagogue (formerly known as Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue). His PhD dissertation at University College London (UCL) is concerned with the behaviour of the renowned camera manufacturer Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar during the Holocaust. He also holds MA degrees in Hebrew and Jewish studies as well as in Photographic Studies. He is a Lecturer at Leo Baeck College and teaches courses on dying, death and bereavement as well as on the Holocaust to rabbinic students.  In addition, he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL.   Publications include My Secret Camera (Harcourt and Frances Lincoln, 2000) and Elsie’s War (Frances Lincoln, 2003).   Solo photographic exhibitions include Leica Gallery (New York City, 2012), SAK-Art Museum (Svendborg, Denmark, 2012) and co-exhibiting with sculptor Jane McAdam Freud at the Priory Psychiatric Hospital (Roehampton, London, 2014).   He serves on the International Advisory Committee of EcoPeace-Middle East and as Vice-Chair of the Brent Multi-faith Forum.  Frank Dabba Smith has been married to Cathy since 1986 and they have three children:  Miriam (1991).

 

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-

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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:

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

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RABBI DR DEBORAH KAHN-HARRIS

Lamentations and Its After Images

3-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 1, 8, 15 July 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: 

During the 3 weeks running up to Tisha B’Av it is traditional to study the midrash to Lamentations, Eichah Rabbah. For our 3 week study, we will begin with the book of Lamentations itself, move on to an extended midrash from the opening section of Eichah Rabbah, and conclude with some contemporary reworkings of this seminal work.

Biography: 

Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris was raised in Houston, Texas and received a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She came to the UK in 1989 to study at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, before entering the semicha programme at Leo Baeck College. Ordained in 1996, she subsequently worked for the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain (RSGB, now MRJ) initially as a university chaplain, building up student and young adult work until a new department was formed around her work. Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris was appointed Director of Student and Young Adult Work, sitting on the Senior Management Team of the RSGB. In 2001 she departed to live in Jerusalem for a year, where she taught in several places, including on Machon and Ta Shma.

After a brief stint at as temporary assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia, she returned to the UK where her working time was divided between serving on the rabbinic team at Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform (previously Southgate and District Reform Synagogue), teaching at Leo Baeck College, working on a PhD in Bible at the University of Sheffield and teaching Bible and Jewish Studies at SOAS in 2007-09. From 2009-2010 Rabbi Deborah Kahn Harris was co-vice chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK. She also co-hosted an intra-Jewish dialogue project with her husband, Dr Keith Kahn-Harris. Her PhD is entitled ‘A Hammer for Shattering Rock: Employing Classical Rabbinic Hermeneutics to Fashion Contemporary Feminist Commentary on the Bible’ which was completed during summer 2011. Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris is currently Principal of Leo Baeck College, where she also teaches Bible.

 

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

The price for this 3-week course is £45.

 

 

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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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: 6, 13, 20 October, (no class on 27 – half term) and 3, 10 , 17 November 2021

Part 2: Second 6 weeks: 5, 12, 19, 26 January and 2, 9 February 2022

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

 

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.

 

 

FRANKIE GRUZD

Wrestling with God in the Cheder Classroom

4-week live on-line course

Dates: TBC  (Autumn 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:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Biography: 

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

 

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.

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

PAMELA HARTOG

Arts and Crafts in the Jewish Educational Setting

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 November 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:

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.

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