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 4.00-6.00pm UK time

Dates:

January 31

February 7, 21, 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

April 4, 11

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 B5

12-week on-line course

Tuesday 5.15-7.15pm UK time 

Dates:

December 21, 28,
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8

Course Description:

Continuation of B1-B4 courses.

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level. The price will be adjusted for joining this on-going course mid-way.

The price for this 12-week course is £240

 

Beginners+  B11

12-week on-line course

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm UK time 

Dates:

December 16, 23
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10

 

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 will be adjusted for joining this on-going course mid-way.

The price for this 12-week course is £240

 

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 this 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 any of these courses 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 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:

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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

10-week live on-line course

7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: from September/October 2022 TBC

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

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

 

Biblical Hebrew – Beginners B2

This course is a continuation of B1 course.

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level. The price will be adjusted for joining this on-going course mid-way.

10-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 

January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15

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

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

 

Biblical Hebrew – Intermediate

10-week live on-line course

Monday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates:

January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14

*Students will be assessed by the teacher before entering this level. The price will be adjusted for joining this on-going course mid-way.

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

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

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RABBI DR MICHAEL HILTON

Classical Greek – Level 3

This class is currently full. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email Jarek.

9-week live on-line course

Wednesday 2.30-4.00pm UK time  

Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 , 30, April 6

Photo courtesy of: Frank Dabba Smith

 

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

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 9-week course is £135.

 

We will be using ZOOM 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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TEACHER TBC

TARGUMIC ARAMAIC

6-week live on-line course in autumn 2022

6-week live on-line course in spring 2023

7.30-9.00pm UK time  

Dates: TBC

 

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

Course description:

This course focuses on the fascinating Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible from Late Antiquity, the so-called Targums. At a gentle pace participants will receive training in reading and translating a variety of Targumic texts, from the more literal renderings in Targum Onqelos to the extensively aggadic Targums of Esther.  The student will learn about the nature and method of Targum as translation and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and its place and value within the synagogue and in Rabbinic literature.

Prerequisites

The student is expected to have a solid foundation in the study of Biblical Hebrew.

 

Course delivery

The course consists of twelve 1,5 hour lessons in total and is taught over 2 terms (6 weeks in autumn and 6 weeks in spring)

 

Course material

The handouts with grammar, vocabulary items, and exercises are prepared by the instructor and will be distributed in preparation for each lesson. The Targumic texts will also be distributed in class. The student is advised to use a copy of Jastrow, M., A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi and the Midrashic Literature (The Judaic Press, various editions) Online version: https://www.sefaria.org/Jastrow

 

Biography: coming soon

 

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 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:

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RABBI DR TALI ARTMAN PARTOCK

IS YOUR SPOUSE REALLY A DEMON? 

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

Marriages between humans and demons are not unheard of in Jewish tradition. From Queen Sheba in Midrash to the Ashkenazi medieval Mayse vom Worms, to the modern-day British Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer. Jews have always asked themselves if indeed they married the devil’s spawn, or is it all just in their heads? In this four-week course, we will learn from previous experience what the tell-tale signs are, what you can do if you discover your spouse is indeed demonic and who is the true force of darkness in your domestic life. This module has a pre-requirement of a sense of humour, which unfortunately cannot be taught in such a short time.

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Dr Tali Artman Partock teaches Rabbinic Literature at the University of Cambridge and at Leo Baeck College and is the rabbi of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue, London. She completed a PhD in Rabbinic Literature at the Hebrew University where she studied with the leading Jewish folklorists Professors Galit Hasan-Rokem and Sara Zfatman and later taught the immensely popular introduction to folk literature herself. Her own research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and Christian-Jewish dialogue and polemics in Rabbinic Literature.

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

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

For non-members, the price for this 4-week course is £60.

 

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

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

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RABBI PROFESSOR JONATHAN MAGONET

DAVID BECOMES KING

4-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1

 

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 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:

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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  11.15am – 12.45pm UK time

Dates: please see below

 

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

Spring 2022 SEMESTER
Tuesday  1 February

 

Everything you wanted to know about the shofar but were afraid to ask

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh

Dean, Leo Baeck College

Tuesday 8 February Music’s Journeys from past to present in the UK Progressive Jewish Synagogues

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts

Associate Lecturer, Dept of Music Newcastle University

 

Tuesday  15 February

 

Parashat Ki Tissa

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen

Principal Rabbi

Manchester Reform Synagogue

Tuesday  22 February

 

Parashat Vayakheil

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh

Dean, Leo Baeck College

Tuesday 1 March

 

Parashat Pekudey

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh

Dean, Leo Baeck College

Wednesday 8 March The problem with pastiche: How Jewish uses of popular music sometimes negate themselves

Dr Keith Kahn-Harris

Senior Lecturer, Leo Baeck College

Tuesday 15 March The Hadar Ensemble: 21st Century Music for the Jewish Spirit

Dr. Vikki Atkinson

Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Languages

The Open University

Tuesday 22 March The Arrangement of the Psalter

Dr Ben Williams

Senior Lecturer, Leo Baeck College

Tuesday 5 April

 

Parashat Metzora

TBC
Tuesday 12 April Yiddish songs as Midrash on the Tefilot

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts

Associate Lecturer, Dept of Music Newcastle University

 

 

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:

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Rabbi Mark Solomon

BROKEN VESSELS: EVIL, SUFFERING AND REDEMPTION IN KABBALAH AND HASIDIC THOUGHT

8-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: February 3, 10, 17, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

For the great rationalist Maimonides, evil does not really exist – in fact, it is by definition non-existence, the absence of good and the absence of being. The theosophical kabbalah, which arose in the generations after Maimonides, took a radically different path in understanding the nature of evil. Since all being flows from the divine, evil too must have its origin in God. In the early Kabbalah it was seen mainly as an outgrowth of the “left hand” or forces of divine judgement, and expressed in the mythic demonic figures of Lilith and Samael. Later there arose the concept of the “shattering of the vessels,” a primal catastrophe in the process by which God becomes the Creator, leaving a substratum of broken shells as the foundation of evil in the universe. The pain of life, and the disasters in Jewish history, imbued the Kabbalists with a profound sense of the reality of evil and the paradox that the “Other Side” is the shadow cast, not only by human sin, but by the Divine itself.

Some prior acquaintance with basic Kabbalistic ideas would be useful, but is not essential.

 

Biography: 

Mark L Solomon is senior lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, rabbi of Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish Communities, and Rosh Beit Din of Liberal Judaism. He studied at Lubavitcher yeshivot in Melbourne and Kfar Chabad, where he received an intensive grounding in Kabbalistic and Hasidic ideas. He received semichah at Jews’ College and an MA in Jewish Studies through Leo Baeck College, where he has taught for thirty years, and is currently teaching the module on Kabbalah and Hasidism.

 

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:

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Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

HOW FAR SHOULD A JEW GO TO SELL A USED CAR?

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

Each week of this course we will work with a real scenario about buying and selling, hiring and firing, competing or investing. We will study Jewish texts from the past two millennia which help us to build our ethical standards in business. Whether you are active in business or organizational life, retired or a domestic consumer you are welcome to this course.

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue having gained Semichah in 1996 from Leo Baeck College.   He teaches on Jewish Business Ethics, having founded and run a catering distribution business before he trained for the Rabbinate.  He is a co-founder of EcoSynagogue.   He is a past Chair of the Reform Assembly and the Liberal Conference of Rabbis and Cantors.

 

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:

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Professor Melissa Raphael

WHAT’S JEWISH ABOUT JEWISH ART?

4-week morning live on-line course

Wednesday 9.00-10.30am UK time

(8.00-9.30pm AEDT, only on 30 March – 7.00-8.30pm AEDT)

Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

This short, illustrated course will open by asking what we might mean by the phrase ‘Jewish art’. Is it a body of work defined and governed by the biblical Second Commandment’s proscription of idolatrous images? Or should the term ‘Jewish art’ be rejected as an empty classification of a body of work that has no definitively and exclusively Jewish historical, religious, and stylistic characteristics?

The group will be invited to consider how ancient and modern Jewish thinkers’ ways of stopping images turning into idols might be of use in our own image-saturated twenty-first century.

By the third session of the course we will not only be looking at the history of Jewish women’s art, but also at the representation of Jewish women in twentieth-century Jewish art made by men.

The course will close by asking whether Jewish art has its own iconography of suffering. Our case study will be the surprisingly widespread use of crucifixion imagery in Holocaust and post-Holocaust art.

 

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.

For members of Makor Hayim in North West London the price for this course is £30.

 

We will be using ZOOM 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:

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Dr Chani Smith

RABBI NACHMAN OF BRATZLAV’S WISDOM

4-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-8.45pm UK time

Dates: March 8,15, 22, 29

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav, the great grandson of the founder of the Hasidism, The Ba’al Shem Tov, is arguably one of the greatest and most original rabbis of all times. He died in 1810 aged 38, leaving behind a small cohort of devoted disciples, and some extra-ordinary collections of sermons and tales. His impact and reputation has grown enormously since his death. His understanding of the human soul and its yearning for the divine continues to inspire through his writings.

This course will open a window into his somewhat complex teachings. We’ll read from his sermons and tales (in English translation), while introducing some major themes from the worlds of Kabbalah and Hasidism.

 

Biography: 

Dr Chani Smith is a musician and a scholar of Jewish thought. Her book ‘Tuning the Soul: Music as a Spiritual Process in the teachings of R. Nachman of Bratzlav’ was published by Brill in 2010. She is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College where she teaches reading and chanting the Torah.

 

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 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:

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Professor Melissa Raphael

THE JEWISH GOD: WHO, WHAT AND WHERE?

4-week live on-line course

Wednesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: 27 April, 4, 11, 18 May 2022

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

Although Jewish scriptures and liturgy are full of God-talk, the nature and personhood of the Jewish God is surprisingly little discussed by Jews compared to, say, Jewish law, history, politics and culture.
Assuming no prior study of theology (or belief), this course, taught from a Jewish feminist theistic perspective, will select a range of texts, art and photography to explore different, sometimes controversial, aspects of the Jewish theological imagination.

Our first session will ask: Who was/is God?
The group will be invited to consider the rich interplay between God’s absence and presence in the Jewish story; between Jewish voices of protest and praise, between God’s personal attributes as one who weeps and jokes with us, and God’s absolute abstraction, ‘blank as the desert air’. There will be some reflection on the meaning of God’s most mysterious name – I am Who I am.
The second session will ask: Where is God?
The Jewish God is a God who sometimes hides his face from us. The class will be introduced to some classic and modern Jewish texts that lament and protest the (dis)appearance of God. Discussion will also focus on post-Holocaust Jewish thought, whose dominant theme is the silence/absence/hiddenness of God in the darkness of the ‘collapsed star’ that was Auschwitz.
The third session will ask: Who could God be?
This session, noting that Jewish God-talk has been an essentially masculine project, will introduce the God-She of Jewish Feminist theology and arguments for the historical existence of a Hebrew Goddess. We will discuss whether some contemporary Jewish feminists’ celebration of a Jewish Goddess is a reversion to the very paganism the tradition has repudiated and whether we should be gendering God at all. Perhaps the shifting, ambiguous nature of the Jewish God is best understood, as in Judith Plaskow’s recent thinking, as ‘transgendered’?
Our final session will ask: What is ‘God-optional’ Judaism?
Many people make a rich and active contribution to Jewish familial and communal life while identifying as secular, non-theistic Jews. This session will examine some examples of God-optional Jewish communities and debate whether Judaism makes sense without affirming a real and (absent)-present divine interlocutor who is the origin and object of the covenantal relation, the commandments, festivals, blessings and prayers.

 

Biography: 

As well as teaching at Leo Baeck College in the areas of modern Jewish thought and Jewish responses to evil and suffering, Melissa Raphael is Professor Emerita (Jewish Theology) at the University of Gloucestershire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester. She has been the Sherman Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester; the Hussey Lecturer in the Church and the Arts at the University of Oxford, and the British Government’s Foreign Office delegate to the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Research.
Professor Raphael is the author of numerous articles and books. Her books include Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996); Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (Oxford University Press, 1997); The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2003); Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (Continuum, 2009), and Religion, Feminism and Idoloclasm: Being and Becoming in the Women’s Liberation Movement (Routledge, 2019).

 

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

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

For members of Makor Hayim in North West London the price for this course is £30.

 

 

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Rabbi Dr Judith Rosen-Berry

THE RABBI’S CAT: AND OTHER STORIES: ON ANIMAL-HUMAN RELATIONS IN JEWISH THOUGHT

4-week live on-line course

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm UK time

Dates: May 3, 10, 17, 24

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

“Rabbi Yochanan observed: If the Torah had not been given, we could have learned modesty

from the cat, honest labour from the ant, fidelity from the dove, and good manners from the rooster.”

(Talmud Eruvin 100b)

 

Course description: 

During this four week course we will be thinking about the animal-human relation via Torah and Talmudic narratives, Jewish folk tales, short stories and poetry. Participants will be invited to share their observations, to read, think and discuss some of the ethical, theological, and philosophical debates regarding the treatment of non-human animals within Jewish literature, and what we can learn from them today. We will also be discussing how the Jewish community might respond to the threat posed to animal life by global climate change, and loss of ‘natural’ habitats.

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Dr Judith Rosen Berry currently lives on the Isle of Skye. Here she is involved in several local environmental projects, from planting trees, to clearing the shoreline of plastic waste. But in between these activities she finds time to teach Personal Theology at Leo Baeck College.

 

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

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

 

 

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Dr Alinda Damsma

MAGIC, DIVINATION AND WITCHCRAFT IN THE BIBLE (PART II): THE FIGURE OF THE WITCH

4-week live on-line course

Monday 7.30-8.45pm UK time

Dates: May 9, 16, 23, 30

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

This 4-week online course is the second in the series on Magic, Divination and Witchcraft in the Bible, which takes the Lehrhaus student on a bewitching journey throughout the Scriptures. New students are welcome to join this course.

This year’s course looks at a variety of biblical texts which feature the figure of the witch, for example, Exod. 22:17, Ezek. 13:17-23, Isaiah 47, and Nahum 3:4-7. Some of the topics that will be discussed are the various types of occult practices, the sexualization and demonization of the witch, the gender-stereotype, and the punishment of the witch. This course further looks at the biblical figure of the witch in the wider context of witchcraft in the Ancient Near East, as well as the reception history of these biblical passages in the Jewish exegetical traditions. Where relevant, this course will also examine the manner in which these biblical passages were (mis)used in the early modern witch-hunts that festered on the British Isles and beyond. There are no language requirements for this course; the primary and secondary sources will be read in English.

 

Biography: 

Dr Alinda Damsma is Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at University College London. She received her Bachelor and Master of Divinity from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2003) and her PhD from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL (2008). She formerly taught Biblical Hebrew at various levels at Leo Baeck College (also Biblical & Targumic Aramaic), King’s College London, and the University of Oxford. Dr Damsma’s current research focuses on the use of Aramaic in kabbalistic writings. In addition, she is working on a monograph which examines the perception of magic, divination, and witchcraft in the English Bible translations, particularly the King James Version and its predecessors, and their impact on the early modern witch-hunts.

 

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 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:

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Rabbi Fred Morgan

HAFTAROT, THE PORTIONS FROM THE PROPHETS

6-week morning live on-line course

10.00-11.30 am UK time

7.00-8.30 pm AEST (Australia)

Dates: Tuesday, May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

The haftarah is the Cinderella of the Shabbat and festival liturgy.  Not really prayer, not quite Torah, rich in imagery, associated with young people becoming adults yet often impenetrable to our modern understanding, the haftarah is the section of the service in which the congregation is most likely to tune out.  This is a huge loss, since the haftarah is the key that we can use to unlock the doors connecting t’filah, Torah and prophecy.  The haftarot are Biblical texts embedded in worship in such a way that they can enable us to uncover new dimensions of meaning in our Jewish experience.  In this course, we shall explore the haftarah as a rabbinic invention and engage in deep readings of selected haftarot in order to tease out their relation to Torah, to prophecy and to Jewish life.

 

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.

For members of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne the price for this course is £45.

 

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Rabbi Greg Alexander 

TALMUD TALES

4-week live on-line course

Thursday 7.00-8.30pm UK time (SA 8.00-9.30pm)

Dates: May 19, 26, June 2, 9

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

Book early – spaces are limited!

 

Course description: 

The Talmud is famous for its legal discussions but things get really spicy in the aggadot or stories that weave between the arguments.  These tales can be interpreted on many levels and in this series we will dive deeply into what is and isn’t being said in the text.  Together we will explore the poetry and prose of the stories, the symbolism they use and what they evoke for the modern reader today.  We will study four juicy Talmudic stories including a murder in the yeshiva, an “ugly man” and a lion in the Holy of Holies.

 

Biography: 

Rabbi Greg Alexander is a graduate of Leo Baeck College, having lived in London for 10 years and taught in several of the UK communities as well as RSY-Netzer and Limmud UK. He is married to Student Rabbi Andi and has three children, Mani (18), TanTan (17) and Yasmin (11). After leaving London he worked for a year in the USA, and for the past 15 years Rabbi Greg has been building community in Cape Town South Africa.

 

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

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

For members of Temple Israel Cape Town Progressive Jewish Congregation the registration fee is £5.

 

We will be using ZOOM 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:

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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: 19, 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February 2022

Part 2: Second 6 weeks: TBC

 

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:

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FRANKIE GRUZD

Wrestling with God in the Cheder Classroom

4-week live on-line course

Dates: TBC

 

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:

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