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.

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

MASTERCLASSES

Our Lehrhaus Masterclasses may attract a high number of participants and it may not be possible for everyone to see each other via video or to have all their questions answered during the presentation. Participants will, however, be able to use the chat provision. Any unanswered burning questions can be emailed to the presenter up to a week following the class.

COURSES

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

We welcome anyone interested in furthering his or her Jewish knowledge and invite you to contact Jarek Lodzinski on +44 (0)20 8349 5600 or lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk. for more information.

To register for any of our courses, please email: lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

We now accept online payments for all courses.

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

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

Upcoming  courses (still more to come):

LIAT ARAHONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

 ONLINE courses

Dates:  Spring/Summer 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

Beginners B1:

10-week ONLINE course

Dates: 28 April – 7 July 2020 (no class on 23 June)

Tuesday 5.15 – 7.15pm UK time

For students who do not know the Hebrew alphabet either in block or script

For students who are unable to communicate at all in Hebrew

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners/Intermediate B4 

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm

Dates: 23 April- 2 July ( no session on 25 June)

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-B3 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 ONLINE course

Dates: TBC

 

  • For students who can read and write in Hebrew block and script with confidence
  • For students who are able to communicate in Hebrew about day to day subjects but want to improve their ability to speak, to watch Israeli films, listen to Israeli radio and read Israeli newspapers
  • For students who do not know or have partial knowledge of the past and/or future tenses

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

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.”

 

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

 

 

 

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 RENE PFERTZEL

Reading troubling texts from Torah 

4-week live ONLINE course

Thursday 3.00-4.30pm UK time

Dates: 4,11,18,25 June 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description:

Every Shabbat morning, Jews around the world read a portion of the Torah, the five first books of the Hebrew Bible. If some of the narratives and laws seem straightforward to modern readers, many of them are puzzling and even disconcerting. How do we read and respond to these troubling biblical narratives and laws? In this course, we will read some of these texts, try to understand how the medieval commentators, the mefarshim, read and understood them, and how we can relate to them today as modern readers. Texts will be read in English translation alongside the Hebrew original.

If you are curious to know more, please join us for this fascinating four-week course on “Troubling Texts of the Torah”.

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.

 

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 this 4-week course is £30.

Rene is very kindly giving his time for free. This enables us to pass on a 50% discount to all who signs up for this course. So instead of £60, this course is £30. This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed!

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience:To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

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

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

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

 

Pamela Hartog and guests

Teacher Training for Jewish Supplementary Schools 

This class is now full.

Due to high demand, we have organised another set of two 6 week sessions, Part One and Part Two starting in the autumn.

12-week ONLINE course (part 1 and 2)

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 

Part 1: First 6 weeks: 24 June, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July 2020

Part 2: Second 6 weeks: 9, 16, 23 & 30 September and 7 & 14 October 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course Description:

If you are a teacher or an assistant in a Jewish Supplementary School (Religion School or Cheder) and you would like to enhance your skills and knowledge, then this on-line course is for you.
The course comprises two 6 week sessions, Part One and Part Two. Participants can choose to attend either part or both. Anybody who signs up for both at the same time will enjoy a 10% discount on the second set of sessions. All participants will receive a Leo Baeck College certificate on completion of one or both parts.

Part One: The first 6 weeks will cover the basics of pedagogy: child development, differentiation, classroom management, classroom environment and lesson planning. Different pedagogical methods and approaches will be showcased throughout.

Part Two: The second 6 weeks will focus on how to teach festivals and life cycle events with practical ideas using different teaching and learning methods such as arts and crafts, music, drama and storytelling. In addition, teaching Hebrew, Shoah and Israel will also be covered.

Between each session, students will be asked to do some reading around the topic for the following week.

Students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their teaching if they so wish (to be discussed individually with the tutor).

 

Biography: 

Pamela Hartog MA is a qualified teacher with many years’ experience in primary schools, early childhood settings and supplementary schools. She worked for Leo Baeck College (formerly CJE) for 18 years as the Resources and Conferences Co-ordinator and part of her work was to administer and teach on the Foundation Course for Religion School Teachers. She now visits schools and hosts schools at her synagogue, teaching non-Jews about Judaism. She is part of the group at the Board of Deputies which has set up an accreditation scheme for those who host visits at synagogues and go into schools to teach about Judaism. Pamela has an MA in Jewish Education from the London Metropolitan University and Leo Baeck College.

 

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

Fees: £90 for each 6 weeks (10% reduction when signing up for both sets of 6 weeks)

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

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 – Beyond the Alphabet

6-week ONLINE course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm UK time

Dates: 1 July – 12 August 2020 (no class on 22 July)

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 students for 7 days after each session.

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of a 6-week B1, B2 course but new students are welcome. Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level.

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.

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience:To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

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

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

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

 

 

DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

The Heresies of Baruch Spinoza

 4-week live ONLINE course

Monday 7.00-8.30pm  UK time

Dates: 10,17,24,31 August 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Baruch Spinoza, a Sephardi Jew who lived in 17th century Netherlands, is undoubtedly one of the most controversial thinkers in the history of Western philosophy. One the one hand, he has been seen as a heretical and politically dangerous figure – Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community, he was expelled from Amsterdam, an attempt was made at his life, his works ended up on the Index of Forbidden Books, and for centuries the term “Spinozist” functioned as a label for atheist, immoralists, and political troublemakers of all sorts. On the other hand, for many, Spinoza is a radical democrat, a champion of freedom of speech, a Biblical expert, and an exquisite thinker, whose ground-breaking ideas influenced not only philosophy (Hegel famously said that “You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all”) but also modern science, politics, and religion.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the works of Spinoza. Throughout the course we will explore Spinoza’s views on God and nature; miracles, prophecy, and the divine law; morality and knowledge; and politics. Together, we will attempt to answer one question: is Spinoza’s reputation as a revolutionary heretic justified?

Biography: 

Dr Jakub Kowalewski obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Since then he has lectured in the Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy at the University of Winchester. Jakub’s doctoral thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examined the relationship between self-awareness and ethics in contemporary European philosophy, while his current research project explores modern-day significance of apocalyptic prophecy. Jakub is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he also worked as the Senior Youth Worker at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

 

Testimonials:

Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art – 4 week live ONLINE course, May 2020

The teacher was very knowledgeable, used a great methodology to make complex thoughts understood by the students, and was engaging and friendly. The topic is very complex and the reading material difficult to grasp, but he helped us understand it during the class.

Jakub was great. I enjoyed this course a lot. Good preparation, good amount of things to read, good discussion. 

 

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 this 4-week course is £60.

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

 

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.

 

CASSY SACHAR

Let the libraries come to you – discovering Jewish Manuscripts on-line

Live on-line Masterclass

Sunday 11.30am-1.00pm UK time

Date: 16th August 2020

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

 

 

 

Masterclass description: 

For centuries Jewish thought, law, life and culture was captured in handwritten scrolls and books. Those that survived the wanderings of the Jewish people and the upheavals of Jewish history often ended up in the libraries of universities, museums and national collections where they were locked away from people and sunlight to keep their precious pages safe, available only to the most trusted scholars or a page at a time under glass in a darkened exhibit if you happened to be in Moscow or New York on the right day of the year. The technological innovation of the 21st century has finally allowed these books to live again as digitization projects and online collections have made the delights and mysteries of their pages accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Join LBC librarian Cassy Sachar on a global tour of some extraordinary digital collections, taking a close look at the stories, texts and illustrations of some remarkable manuscripts

 

Biography: 

Cassy originally studied Fine Art, specialising in bookbinding and book arts. She completed her MA in Library & Information Studies at UCL and has worked in art and academic libraries for the last 10 years. She is interested in medieval manuscript illustration and when not doing book related things sings in an acapella choir.

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.

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

 

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.

 

LIAT ARAHONOVICH

ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

 ONLINE courses

Dates:  Autumn 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

Beginners B1:

10-week ONLINE course

Dates: TBC

For students who do not know the Hebrew alphabet either in block or script

For students who are unable to communicate at all in Hebrew

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

Beginners/Intermediate B2 and B5

Dates: TBC

Course Description:

This course is the continuation of B1-Bb 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 ONLINE course

Dates: TBC

 

  • For students who can read and write in Hebrew block and script with confidence
  • For students who are able to communicate in Hebrew about day to day subjects but want to improve their ability to speak, to watch Israeli films, listen to Israeli radio and read Israeli newspapers
  • For students who do not know or have partial knowledge of the past and/or future tenses

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level

The price for 10-week course is £200

 

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.”

 

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

 

 

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience:To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

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

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

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

 

Pamela Hartog and guests

Teacher Training for Jewish Supplementary Schools 

12-week ONLINE course (part 1 and 2)

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 

Part 1: First 6 weeks: 10, 17, 24 Sept, 1, 8 & 15 October 2020

Part 2: Second 6 weeks: 12, 19, 26 Nov, 3, 10 & 17 December 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course Description:

If you are a teacher or an assistant in a Jewish Supplementary School (Religion School or Cheder) and you would like to enhance your skills and knowledge, then this on-line course is for you.
The course comprises two 6 week sessions, Part One and Part Two. Participants can choose to attend either part or both. Anybody who signs up for both at the same time will enjoy a 10% discount on the second set of sessions. All participants will receive a Leo Baeck College certificate on completion of one or both parts.

Part One: The first 6 weeks will cover the basics of pedagogy: child development, differentiation, classroom management, classroom environment and lesson planning. Different pedagogical methods and approaches will be showcased throughout.

Part Two: The second 6 weeks will focus on how to teach festivals and life cycle events with practical ideas using different teaching and learning methods such as arts and crafts, music, drama and storytelling. In addition, teaching Hebrew, Shoah and Israel will also be covered.

Between each session, students will be asked to do some reading around the topic for the following week.

Students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their teaching if they so wish (to be discussed individually with the tutor).

 

Biography: 

Pamela Hartog MA is a qualified teacher with many years’ experience in primary schools, early childhood settings and supplementary schools. She worked for Leo Baeck College (formerly CJE) for 18 years as the Resources and Conferences Co-ordinator and part of her work was to administer and teach on the Foundation Course for Religion School Teachers. She now visits schools and hosts schools at her synagogue, teaching non-Jews about Judaism. She is part of the group at the Board of Deputies which has set up an accreditation scheme for those who host visits at synagogues and go into schools to teach about Judaism. Pamela has an MA in Jewish Education from the London Metropolitan University and Leo Baeck College.

 

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

Fees: £90 for each 6 weeks (10% reduction when signing up for both sets of 6 weeks)

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

We will be using ZOOM, an on-line platform for all our sessions. Here are some steps to take before the start of the course in order to ensure maximum connectivity and experience:To get you started with Zoom, please click on the link below for some basic information:

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

Please test your connection to Zoom here.

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

 

 

DR JAKUB KOWALEWSKI

The Heresies of Baruch Spinoza

 4-week live ONLINE course

Monday 7.00-8.30pm  UK time

Dates: 14, 21, 28 September, 5 October 2020

Our Lehrhaus courses have a limited number of participants, which allows interaction and discussion amongst the group.

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Course description:

Baruch Spinoza, a Sephardi Jew who lived in 17th century Netherlands, is undoubtedly one of the most controversial thinkers in the history of Western philosophy. One the one hand, he has been seen as a heretical and politically dangerous figure – Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community, he was expelled from Amsterdam, an attempt was made at his life, his works ended up on the Index of Forbidden Books, and for centuries the term “Spinozist” functioned as a label for atheist, immoralists, and political troublemakers of all sorts. On the other hand, for many, Spinoza is a radical democrat, a champion of freedom of speech, a Biblical expert, and an exquisite thinker, whose ground-breaking ideas influenced not only philosophy (Hegel famously said that “You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all”) but also modern science, politics, and religion.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the works of Spinoza. Throughout the course we will explore Spinoza’s views on God and nature; miracles, prophecy, and the divine law; morality and knowledge; and politics. Together, we will attempt to answer one question: is Spinoza’s reputation as a revolutionary heretic justified?

Biography: 

Dr Jakub Kowalewski obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Since then he has lectured in the Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy at the University of Winchester. Jakub’s doctoral thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examined the relationship between self-awareness and ethics in contemporary European philosophy, while his current research project explores modern-day significance of apocalyptic prophecy. Jakub is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he also worked as the Senior Youth Worker at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

 

Testimonials:

Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art – 4 week live ONLINE course, May 2020

The teacher was very knowledgeable, used a great methodology to make complex thoughts understood by the students, and was engaging and friendly. The topic is very complex and the reading material difficult to grasp, but he helped us understand it during the class.

Jakub was great. I enjoyed this course a lot. Good preparation, good amount of things to read, good discussion. 

 

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 this 4-week course is £60.

 

The Lehrhaus is a non-profit adult learning programme. We aim to cover our teaching and administration costs only. Any surplus allows us to subsidise some courses where the minimum number of participants isn’t reached or to support some learners with additional discounts.

 

 

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.