Welcome to Lehrhaus at 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

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 AHARONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

Live on-line courses

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

Whether you want to just order a coffee at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem or talk politics on the beach in Tel Aviv – sign up for one of our courses!

 

Beginners B1

10-week on-line course

Monday 4.30-6.30pm UK time

Dates:

October 4, 11, 18, 25

November 1, 8, 22, 29 (No class on 15th – half-term)

December 6, 13

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 B4

13-week on-line course

Tuesday 5.15-7.15pm UK time 

Dates:

August 31
September 14
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14

Course Description:

Continuation of B1-B3 courses.

The price for this 13-week course is £260

 

Beginners+  B10

11-week on-line course

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm UK time 

Dates:

September 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9

 

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B9 courses but new students are welcome. Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level.

The price for 11-week course is £220

 

Intermediate 

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.

 

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

 

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.’’

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

”First of all, the fact that it was available on-line! 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. She was also encouraging and supportive but focused. 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. 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.”

 

 

 

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

RABBI ROBERTA HARRIS-ECKSTEIN

Biblical Hebrew 

10-week live on-line course

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

 

 

Biblical Hebrew – Total Beginners B1

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7 December 2021

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

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

 

Biblical Hebrew B4 (continuation)

Monday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 July

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

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

 

Biblical Hebrew B5 (continuation)

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 2, 9, 23, 30 September

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

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

 

Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate

Monday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 October,
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November,
6 December

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

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

 

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.

 

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 – Revision Class

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm UK time

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 August

 

Photo courtesy of: Frank Dabba Smith

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 revision of 10-week Level 1 and Level 2 courses. 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.

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 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 MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek – Level 3

10-week live on-line course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm UK time  

Dates: 6, 13, 20 October, 3, 10, 17, 24 November, 1, 8, 15 December

 

Photo courtesy of: Frank Dabba Smith

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 approaching GCSE level. New students are welcome but will be assessed by the lecturer before entering this level. The course will include study of 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-

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LEO BAECK COLLEGE SHIURIM

שירו ליי שיר חדש: Jews and Music

This course will be taught by a variety of LBC faculty teachers. Full programme coming soon.

10-week live on-line course

Tuesday or Wednesday 11.15am – 12.45pm UK time (TBC)

Dates: TBC

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

coming soon

 

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 if possible.

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

DAVID BECOMES KING

8-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2021 (no session on 2 November)

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Rabbi Mark Solomon

MAIMONIDES ON EVIL, PROVIDENCE AND THE BOOK OF JOB

8-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November 2021

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

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.

 

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

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

 

 

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.

RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

תהילים FROM WITHIN (PSALMS FROM WITHIN)

4-week live on-line course hosted and sponsored by Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue, London

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 October 2021

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

‘If the תורה is the way God is revealed to human beings, then תהילים (psalms) are the way human beings reveal themselves to God.’

All of our emotions and aspirations, hopes and disappointments, anger and exaltations, can be found amongst the one hundred and fifty unique poems that make up the ‘hymn book’ of both Jews and Christians.

But, Biblical poetry has its own special style of composition and we will learn a little about this and how it helps us have a fresh understanding of some familiar תהילים from the Jewish prayer book.

 

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 4-week course is £60.

This course is free to members of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue.

 

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.

Rabbi Fred Morgan

ENCOUNTERING THE RELIGIOUS OTHER: MODERN JEWISH THINKERS ON INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

6-week live on-line course

Monday 9.00-10.30am UK time

18.00-19.30 AEST (October)
19.00-20.30 AEST (November)

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 October, 1, 8 November 2021

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description:

One of the great social transformations over the past 100 years has been the collapsing of boundaries between religions.  Every faith tradition has had to deal with radically changing views of the “religious other”.   This course will explore the issue of religious diversity from the Jewish perspective.  We shall look at relevant writings from a range of Jewish thinkers, from Joseph Soloveitchik, Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel to Yitz Greenberg, David Hartman and Jonathan Sacks.  In each case we use their understanding of religious diversity as an entryway into their broader theologies of Judaism.   [The course follows on from my earlier course “Judaism in the Universe of Faiths” but the earlier course is not a pre-requisite, and this course will introduce a wealth of new material.]

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 6-week course is £90.

 

 

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 Joanna Beata Michlic

JEWISH FAMILY IN EUROPE AFTER 1945: HISTORY AND MEMORY

6-week live on-line course

Tuesday 9.00-10.30am UK time

19.00-20.30 AEST (UTC+10)

Dates: 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7, 14 December 2021

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

This six-session course is designed to introduce students to social history of Jewish family in Europe in the aftermath of the Holocaust with a particular focus on young Holocaust survivors and their multigenerational families. We will discuss how different Jewish communities in former Nazi-occupied Europe dealt with their respective reconstructions, including painful recovery of Jewish children from a non-Jewish environment in France, Belgium, Holland and Poland.

We will also examine the ways Jewish communities and individuals dealt with the problems of well-being of young survivors, the reunion with family members and adoptions in Great Britain, USA and Canada. Next, we will discuss how the second and third generations of young Holocaust survivors have engaged with the past of their ancestors and what role that past has played in their families’ lives. Throughout, we will use a variety of sources in English translation, including diaries, memoirs, written and oral testimonies, pictorial material, and documentary films. This course will be of particular interest to anybody interested in European Jewish childhood, history of multigenerational Jewish family after 1945 and postwar Jewish culture and society.

You may be interested to read Joanna’s latest blog that deals with a missing child Holocaust survivor from Lviv to get a taste of the extraordinary research she does in this field.

Read it here:

https://blogs.brandeis.edu/freshideasfromhbi/part-3-courageous-rescues-difficult-reunions-heartbreaking-decisions-by-parents-during-the-holocaust/

 

Biography: 

Joanna Beata Michlic is a social and cultural historian, and founder and first Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Centre for the Study of Collective Violence, the Holocaust and Genocide, UCL Institute for Advances Studies, and Research Fellow at Weiss-Livnat International Centre for Holocaust Research and Education, University of Haifa, June 2019 – May 2022. She is a co-Editor in Chief of Genealogy Journal.

Her research focuses on social and cultural history of Poland and East European Jews, the Holocaust and its memory in Europe, East European Jewish childhood, rescue and rescuers of Jews in East Central Europe and antisemitism, racism and nationalism in Europe. She is a recipient of many prestigious academic awards and fellowships, most recently Gerda Henkel Fellowship, 2017 – 2021.

Her major publications include Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (2004; co-edited with Antony Polonsky), Poland’s Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, (translated into Polish in 2015 and nominated for the Best History Book of Kazimierz Moczarski Award 2016 in Poland; Hebrew translation, with new epilogue, by Yad Vashem Institute in preparation, 2021), Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited with John-Paul Himka (Lincoln, NUP, 2012),  and singled co-edited  Jewish Family 1939 –Present: History, Representation, and Memory, Brandeis University Press/NEUP, January 2017). The latter made to the Ethical Inquiry list of the best books published in 2017 at Brandeis University: http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/ethicalinquiry/2017/December.html

Her latest single-authored monographs is  Piętno Zagłady Wojenna i powojenna historia oraz pamięć żydowskich dzieci ocalałych w Polsce (Warsaw, ZIH, December, 2020). She is currently working on a book project on the history and memory of rescue of Jews in Poland, More Than The Milk Of Human Kindness: Jewish Survivors and Their Polish Rescuers Recount Their Tales, 1944-1949.

 

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

The price for this 6-week course is £90.

 

 

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.

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF ISRAELI POLITICS?

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 November 2021

Leo Back College is delighted to partner with Arzenu, the political voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists within the World Zionist Organisation and its subsidiaries. Arzenu, using a grant from Keren Kayemeth Leyisrael, would like to sponsor anyone who would like to join this four-week on-line course. This is an opportunity not to be missed as you will be learning with Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, chair of Arzenu. To book your free place on this course, please email Jarek at lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

In this four-part series, Rabbi Lea Mühlstein will provide an introduction to the Israeli political system and explore the main issues in contemporary Israeli politics.

Session 1: The Israeli political system

Session 2: An introduction to the different political parties

Session 3: The role of the Supreme Court in Israeli politics

Session 4: Contemporary issues in Israeli politics

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is Senior Rabbi at The Ark Synagogue (NPLS), UK. She is the international chair of arzenu – The Political Voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists. In her role as arzenu chair, she has the privilege of working alongside the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the World Union of Progressive Judaism in promoting Progressive Jewish values in the Israeli political discourse.

 

 

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 GARDENER

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 December 2021

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

This course, taught by a Jewish theologian who is also a keen gardener, will seek to bridge what often feels like a gap between a love of gardens and gardening and the Jewish tradition. The course will begin by investigating the significance of God’s creation, in Genesis 2, of a primordial existential space that takes the form of a garden God has designed and planted. Session 2 will go on to explore the contemporary relevance of rabbinic theology, blessings and law relating to plants and gardening. By session 3, the course will be imagining the messianic garden, proposing gardening as a restorative work of tikkun olam. The fourth and final session will invite the group to work collaboratively towards an outline of its own Jewish spirituality of gardening.

 

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.

 

 

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 HARTOG AND GUESTS

Teacher Training for Jewish Supplementary School Teachers and Assistants

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

Wednesday 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

 

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: 24 November, 1, 8, 15 December

 

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 Zoomer Generation and Zoomers 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.