We are pleased to share with you our Lehrhaus programme for Spring 2020

All our courses are taught by our outstanding faculty and specialist teachers whom we hope will entice you to join us.

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 recognise that during these extremely challenging times, some people may be finding it difficult to pay the full fees for our courses. Please contact Jarek at Jarek.lodzinski@lbc.ac.uk, if you would like some help towards your fees.

We are also pleased to offer a 20% discount to anyone who works for the NHS and would like to study with us.

We wish all those who celebrate, Chag Pesach Sameach!


Lehrhaus in the Clouds (LIVE On-Line courses):


Liat Aharonovich: ULPAN – Modern Hebrew

Beginners/Intermediate levels


Rabbi Dr Rene Pfertzel: Parashat Ha-Shavua online

The Mishna states, v’Talmud Torah k’neged kulam (Pe’ah 1:1), study of Torah leads to all mitzvot. In a time of uncertainty like ours, we take comfort in our Tradition that gives us tools to structure our days. We will skim through the main themes of the parasha and then spend some time on a specific passage.


Dr Jakub Kowalewski: Levinas and us: ethics, politics, religion and art

The aim of this course is to introduce students to one of the most influential Jewish philosophers of the 20th century: Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas is best known for his 1961 book Totality and Infinity, which offers an original account of ethics grounded in a face-to-face relationship with another person. What is less known, however, is Levinas’s contribution to other fields, including politics, religion, and art.


Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton: Classical Greek – Beyond the Alphabet

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


Dr Sandra Jacobs: “inūma ilu awīlum: When Gods Were Men”– An Introduction to the Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting

The Hebrew Bible, a corpus of writings spanning at least 800-900 years prior to its canonization, developed alongside the socio-cultural and political literary conventions of its host cultures. This online course will provide an introduction to Hebrew Bible in its ancient Mesopotamian context.


Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen: Wandering Jews

Come and journey with me as we look at texts and teachings around our identity as wandering Jews.  What does it mean for us to be wandering?  How does this identity impact upon our personal Jewish practice?  What are the possibilities for us personally and collectively if we embrace our identity as wandering Jews?  Using a range of texts and discussion we will bring ourselves to our study and wander together.


Dr Alinda Damsma: The Origins of Jewish Mysticism – back by popular demand!!

This 4-week online course takes the student on an inspiring and exciting journey through the early Jewish mystical traditions: from the prophet Ezekiel’s tantalizing vision of the divine chariot to the perilous heavenly journeys of the Talmudic sages. We will meet the mystics who contemplated mystical doctrines and engaged in esoteric practices.


Rabbi Dr Frank Dabba Smith: The Warsaw and Łodz Ghettos: Archivists and Photographers as Witnesses and Recorders

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


Please click on this link: www.lbc.ac.uk/lehrhaus  for details and information about all our courses.

If you have any questions, please contact Jarek: Lehrhaus@lbc.ac.uk

We very much look forward to having you study with us.

All best wishes,

Dr Jo-Ann Myers

Director of Jewish Education