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.

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).

Upcoming  courses (still more to come):

RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek for Beginners

6-week course at LBC

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates:  5 November – 10 December 2020

Photo: Frank Dabba Smith

 

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 glorious 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.

 

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

The price for 6-week course is £90

 

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

King David in Power

8-week course at LBC

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates:  22 October – 10 December 2020

 

Course Description:

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

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Professor Jonathan David Magonet is a British Jewish theologian, former Vice-President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and a biblical scholar. He is highly active in Christian-Jewish dialogue, and in dialogue between Jews and Muslims. For twenty years he was the Principal, now retired, of Leo Baeck College, the first liberal Jewish seminary for all of Europe created after World War II. He lectures regularly on Bible at the College, in Germany and Japan and is the editor of the College’s journal European Judaism. He is part of the team creating new editions of the prayer books of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

 

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

The price for 8-week course is £120

 

RABBI MARK SOLOMON

Maimonides (TBC)

8-week ONLINE course

Dates: TBC (Autumn 2019)

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course Description: coming soon

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.

 

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

The price for 8-week course is £160

 

RABBI DR RENE PFERTZEL

On the Way to the High Holy Days

4-week course LIVE ONLINE

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 5-26 September 2019

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course Description: coming soon

Biography: 

Before his Rabbinic ordination in July 2014, Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel held various teaching positions in France. He earned a teaching degree in 1990, the “Agrégation d’Histoire”, and taught in French High Schools, as well as a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he taught a course in Anthropology of Judaism. He earned a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2004. He examined the unofficial corrections of scribes (Tikkuney Soferim) that can be revealed by comparing the different textual traditions of the Hebrew Bible.

He began working with Progressive communities in France in the 1990s, mainly in his hometown, Strasbourg. He had also a long term partnership with the Liberal community in Lyons, Keren Or, which he served as Rabbi between 2014 and 2016. After two years of commuting between Lyons and London, where he served the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St Johns Wood, Rabbi René Pfertzel decided to work full-time with Kingston Liberal Synagogue, a constituent of Liberal Judaism. He is currently the chair of the EUPJ Rabbinic Conference and works closely with the EUPJ management. Alongside his rabbinic work, Rabbi René Pfertzel is working on a digital catalogue edition of the sermons of the late Rabbi John D. Rayner, under the auspices of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

 

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

The price for 4-week course is £60

 

LIAT AHARONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew – Beginners B1

8-week ONLINE course

Dates:  TBC

New courses starts in August/September 2019.

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

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

 

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

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.

 

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

The price for 8-week course is £160

 

LIAT AHARONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew – Beginners B3

8-week ONLINE course

Dates: TBC  (August/September 2019)

 

This course is the continuation of a 8-week B1/B2 course but new students are welcome. Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level.

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:  

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.

 

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

The price for 8-week course is £160

 

LIAT AHARONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew – Intermediate

8-week ONLINE course

Dates: TBC (August/September 20219)

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

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

 

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

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.

 

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

The price for 8-week course is £160

 

PROFESSOR MELISSA RAPHAEL

Reflections on the Holocaust and Modernity in Jewish Philosophy and Visual Art

4 week live ONLINE course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 March 2020

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

Course Description:

This interactive, illustrated course will open with Zygmunt Bauman, Raul Hilberg and others’ analysis of the dangerously permissive role of modernity – especially the Enlightenment and the ‘Death of God’ – in the industrialization of genocide in Nazi Germany.

The course will go on to ask why a peculiarly modern emphasis on the silence or absence of God in Auschwitz was so central to post-Holocaust religious thought (including my own).

The second half of the course will turn the group’s attention to post-Holocaust art.

The third session will explore how, after European culture had not only failed to prevent genocide but was actually complicit in its perpetration, film-makers such as Claude Lanzmann and László Nemes sought to imagine the unimaginable; to represent events that cannot, and perhaps should not, be represented.

The fourth and final session, contextualized in Emmanuel Levinas’ post-Holocaust ‘ethic of the face’, will introduce, and invite responses to, works of post-Holocaust Jewish visual art, including pieces by Maryan S. Maryan, Shimon Attie, Aharon Gluska, and Anselm Kiefer.

 

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).

 

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

The price for 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.

 

RABBI ROBYN ASHWORTH-STEEN

Wandering Jews

4 week live ONLINE course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

Dates: 23 April – 14 May 2020

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

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.

 

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.

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

The price for 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.

 

RABBI DR FRANK DABBA SMITH

The Warsaw and Łodz Ghettos: Archivists and Photographers as Witnesses and Recorders

4 week live ONLINE course

Dates: SPRING 2020 TBC

Book early – spaces are limited!

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

Course Description:

This four session course will examine the efforts of the archivist Emmanuel Ringelblum and the photographer Mendel Grossman to bear witness and leave legacies of life in the Warsaw and Łodz Ghettos during the Shoah.

 

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), Lewis (1995) and Sarah (1997).

 

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

The price for 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.

 

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.