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

Our courses for the Spring Semester 2019 are now available. 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.

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 download our registration form.

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).

SPRING 2019 courses (still more courses at LBC to come):

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONETjonathanmagonet:

The Rise of King David-a literary reading of 1 Samuel

4 week course at LBC

Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00pm

Dates: 29 January, 5,12,19 February 2019

Course Description:

The Book of Samuel is a literary masterpiece, chronicling not only the rise of King David, but also the jealousies, passions, conflicts and tragedies affecting him and three other major figures: Samuel, Saul and Jonathan, together with minor characters who add colour and human dimensions to the narrative.  For those who attended in previous years, we will continue our detailed reading of the Book, taking time to enjoy the craftsmanship of the writing and its complex psychological and political dimensions.  For newcomers to the class, after a quick ‘catch-up’, we will pick up the threads of the story so far, tracing the bitter conflict between Samuel and Saul, and the increasing focus on the enigmatic figure of David.

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.

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONETjonathanmagonet:

Some foolish men and a feisty woman in the Biblical ‘Early Prophets’

LEHRHAUS ON THE ROAD at South London Liberal Synagogue

4 week course on Sundays from 11.00am to 12.30pm

Dates: 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 2019

Course Description:

The compilers of the Hebrew Bible made the unusual decision to classify the Books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings under the category of ‘prophecy’ and not the more obvious label ‘history’, as they are organised in Christian Bibles. This means that we are forced to read them not simply as recording past events of mere antiquarian interest, but as offering reflections on contemporary life; not in terms of future events foretold, but as recurring patterns of human experience and behaviour from which to learn. So, we will study the rise of a despot (Abimelech); an over-pious and -zealous soldier (Jephthah); a shrewd but unnamed woman (the mother of Samson); and a prophet who gets it wrong (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.

The special sponsored price for this course is £35. Pay Now

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

SPRING 2019 courses:

Photo Benjamin WilliamsDR BENJAMIN WILLIAMS

From Tanakh to Midrash: Interpreting the Bible in Late-Antiquity

4 week course at Leo Baeck College

Thursday 19.30 – 21.00

Dates: 21,28 March, 4,11 April 2019

Course Description:

This course will introduce and examine selected midrashim on the calling of Abraham, the Akedah, and Jacob’s Ladder in the light of other late-antique biblical and exegetical (interpretive) texts. By comparing the expositions in Genesis Rabba and Midrash Tanḥuma with parallels in texts from Qumran, the works of Philo and Josephus, the targumim, and the New Testament, we will consider how the midrashim craft explanatory discourses by developing and transforming existing interpretive motifs.

Biography:

Dr Benjamin Williams teaches Rabbinics at Leo Baeck College and the University of Oxford. His research focuses on rabbinic Bible interpretation and its transmission in Jewish and Christian commentaries of the medieval and early modern periods. Before arriving at Leo Baeck College, Ben studied at the University of Oxford where his doctoral dissertation was supervised by Professor Joanna Weinberg. He then carried out a three-year Leverhulme-funded project on the reception of the Hebrew Bible in the Sixteenth Century called “Reading the Bible in the Ottoman Empire: A New Chapter in Early Modern Jewish Exegesis” at King’s College London. His monograph, Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher, was published by Oxford University Press.

 

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

 

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

SPRING 2019 courses:

Professor Victor Jeleniewski Seidler

Buber’s Ethics: Listening and Learning

6 week course at Leo Baeck College

Thursday 19.30 – 21.00

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6 June 2019

 

Course Description:

Drawing on ways Martin Buber contrasts Athens and Jerusalem we will explore how he helps us listen to Chassidic sources to shape a relational ethics that can speak to a postmodern present. Through themes of listening, voice, bodies, nature, relationships and social justice we will listen and learn with Buber as we read short texts together.

Biography:

Victor Jeleniewski Seidler is an emeritus professor of Social Theory at Goldsmiths, University  of London and he teaches Jewish thought and philosophy at Leo Baeck College. His work includes Shadows of the Shoah: Jewish Identity and Belonging (Berg, 2000) and Jewish Philosophy and Western Culture ( I.B. Taurus 2007) Most recently he has published Making Sense of Brexit: Democracy, Europe and Uncertain Futures (Policy Press, 2018) and two essays in The Medieval Roots of Antisemitism ed Adams and Hess (Routledge 2018)

 

PRICES  6 session course
 Full price £90.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £81.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £81.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £72.00Pay Now

 

Please see disclaimer at the end of this document.If you would like to sign up for this course, please click on the ‘Pay now’ link. Alternatively, contact Jarek Lodzinski at Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk or call: 020 8349 5600, Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Leo Baeck College) or by credit/debit card.

SPRING 2019 courses:

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RABBI DR DEBORAH KAHN-HARRIS AND RABBI ROBYN ASHWORTH-STEEN

Radically Re-Thinking the Exodus Story

4 week live ONLINE course

Thursday 7.30 – 9.00pm

Dates:  28 March, 4,11,18 April 2019

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

Bio picCourse Description:

As we journey towards liberation and the festival of Pesach, join Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris and Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen as they co-teach this module.  Through learning in dialogue we will turn our Exodus story over and over again as we look at it from different angles so we are able to free ourselves from the narrow straits of our eco-chambers and understanding of this foundational story towards our personal and collective redemption.

 

Biographies:

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.

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.

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

 

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:

  1. 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-

  1. Please test your connection to Zoom here.
  1. For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

Melissa Raphael FINALPROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL

Reflections on Women in Modern Jewish Philosophy, History and Art

4 week live ONLINE course

Sunday 11.00am- 12.30pm

Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 March 2019

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

Course Description:

This course will begin with feminist reflections on modern Jewish readings of the story of the creation of woman in Genesis 2 (Hebrew not required).  Our discussion will set the scene for an introduction to ideas of the feminine in modern Jewish philosophy, especially that of Emmanuel Levinas.  The third part of the course will explore recent historical research on women’s experience of the Holocaust, showing how remembering the gender-distinctive aspects of Jewish suffering and resistance can deepen our knowledge and understanding of the catastrophe.  The course will end with an invitation to respond to the religious and political thinking that informs the work of Jewish feminist artists such as Joan Semmel, Helène Aylon, and Laurie Simmons.

 

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 of 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), and Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (Continuum, 2009).

Professor Raphael’s new book, Religion, Feminism and Idoloclasm: Being and Becoming in the Women’s Liberation Movement will shortly be published by Routledge.  She is also an editor, with responsibility for Jewish art, of the Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts 1500 – The Present (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

 

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:

  1. 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-

  1. Please test your connection to Zoom here.
  1. For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

Miriam EMIRIAM EDELMAN

Introduction to Jewish Ethics: Torah of Money

4 week live ONLINE course

Thursday 7.00 – 8.30pm

Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 February 2019

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

 

Course Description:

Judaism offers guidance for every aspect of our lives, and our economic activity is no exception. Join us for an introduction, including traditional and contemporary texts and some insights from organisational psychology, to discuss wealth and poverty, tzedakah (charitable obligations), profit, conducting business; employees, and the nature of work.

Week 1:  Intro to Jewish Ethics; Wealth

Week 2:  Poverty; Tzedakah

Week 3:  Profit; Conducting Business

Week 4:  Employees; Work

 

Biography:

Miriam is an organisational psychologist who has worked across multiple continents for over thirty years.  Her experience in management, technology, academia, and consulting has involved working with people throughout organisations including CEO/Board level. A proficient communicator with a Masters in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics (MSc (Dist) 2004), Miriam has particular interests and expertise in decision-making, culture, research, organisational design and strategic transformation, client/supplier relationships, knowledge processes, business processes, business-focused technology development, change and innovation, investment funds, and international/intercultural organisations and experiences.

Miriam grew up in a do-it-yourself congregation in a small university town in Kansas, raised with strong Jewish values around community and social justice.  She is a passionate advocate, trained by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in North America as a community activist and leader for congregational social action.  She has been actively involved in social justice community work and initiatives in the US and UK.

Miriam is also committed to learning, text study, and informal education; she has taught religious school in the US and UK, primarily teaching social justice, ethics, and practical Judaism to 12 to 16 year olds.  Miriam taught the Religious Studies Judaism GCSE from 2015-2017 for Wimbledon Synagogue (where she has been a member since 2003), and now teaches a bespoke curriculum for those years, Judaism and Ethics for Teens, which she co-developed.  She attended her first Limmud conference in 1995, and has been a dedicated activist and volunteer since suggesting that there should be some social justice programming, and thus being co-opted to create such a track; she is currently a Trustee and Treasurer of the Limmud organisation.

Miriam is a member of Wimshul Cooks, and regularly cooks, bakes, and teaches about Jewish food. Miriam also has a special interest in modern Jewish music.

 

PRICES  4 session course
 Full price £60.00Pay Now
 Returning student -10% £54.00Pay Now
More than one course/semester paid  – 10% £54.00Pay Now
Returning student and more than one course/ semester paid – 20% £48.00Pay Now

 

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:

  1. 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-

  1. Please test your connection to Zoom here.
  1. For a clear audio connection, we ask that you please use headphones with a microphone.

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ULPAN – Modern Hebrew – Beginners

8-week ONLINE course

Tuesday 5.30 – 7.30pm

Dates: 05 February- 2 April 2019  (no session 26/02)

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

 

Biography: coming soon

 

If you are interested in this course, please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for 8-week course is £160

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ULPAN – Modern Hebrew – Intermediate

8-week ONLINE course at LBC

Tuesday 3.15 – 5.15pm (other dates available if sufficient demand)

Dates: 05 February- 2 April 2019  (no session 26/02)

or 07 May- 25 June 2019

 

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

 

 

Biography: coming soon

 

If you are interested in this course, please contact Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

The price for 8-week course is £160

LEHRHAUS COURSES – CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

Cancellation by You

You are asked to let us know as soon as possible – either by email to info@lbc.ac.uk or any other Leo Baeck College email address as provided as main contact at the time of booking (or by calling 020 8349 5600) – if you are unable to attend a Leo Baeck College event or course you have paid for.

In the event of you having to cancel your booking, our refund policy will depend on the type of event you were booked on and how much notice we are given. In general:

  • More than 28 days’ notice – Provided you let us know a minimum of 28 full days before the day of the event / start of the course, you will be refunded 100 percent of the ticket / course price.
  • Between 28 and 7 days’ notice – If you let us know between 28 and 7 full days before the day of the event / start of the course, you will be refunded 50 percent of the ticket / course price.
  • Less than 7 days’ notice – If you let us know less than 7 full days before the day of the event, we will not be able to offer you any automatic refund. In certain circumstances we may adopt a different policy so please contact us directly.

You do not need to supply your credit card details again simply your name, the course or event code and the receipt number given to you when your booking was confirmed.

Payment will be returned to the original account.

Transferring a Booking

In cases where a refund is not possible, or where only a partial refund is possible, you may opt instead to send a friend in your place for no additional charge, subject to the following restriction(s):

  • We kindly request that you, as the person who has made the booking, vouch for the person you have transferred your booking to.
  • We kindly request that you, as the person who has made the booking, let us know in advance of the transfer so that we can inform security (where security has been provided) of the name change.

We do reserve the right to decline any booking transfer in certain circumstances but will inform you in such instances.

Cancellation by Us (Leo Baeck College or designated agent provider)

Cancellation may be necessary in exceptional circumstances and Leo Baeck College reserves  the right in its absolute discretion to cancel an event. If this occurs you will be offered a full  and prompt refund of all monies you have paid. However, if cancellation of an event occurs, Leo Baeck College will not pay any compensation, nor be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by you as a result.

PLEASE NOTE:

Once students have paid for a course/s they will be sent a registration form in order to complete the enrollment process.

All fees require payment in full before the start of a course.

Courses will only run with a minimum number of students and the College reserves the right to cancel any course. In this instance, the fee paid by the student will be reimbursed.

Once a course has started unfortunately we are unable to reimburse any fees to students who withdraw from a course.

We will be using images and short recordings from the courses for our publicity and marketing purposes.