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Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh appointed Dean of Leo Baeck College


Rabbi Dr Charles MiddleburghI am delighted to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh as Dean of Leo Baeck College, responsible for academic and student affairs.

Charles joined the College faculty in 1984.  Over many years he has taken on a wide range of roles and responsibilities. He has served as the Director of Studies at the College for the past three years. 

Charles is a graduate of University College London, from which he gained his BA Hons in Semitic languages and his PhD in Targumic Studies. He was ordained by Leo Baeck College in 1986.  In addition to his academic achievements, Charles has contributed to and edited a number of key Progressive Jewish publications. 

As well as being an accomplished teacher and academic, within the realms of the College, Charles is a voice of wisdom and the go-to person for students and staff alike when in need of support, compassion or some insightful, sound advice. 

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charles for his unstinting commitment to both the students and the work of the College.  We wish him well in his new post and look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundations that he has helped to secure for Leo Baeck College, its students and staff. 



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Leo Baeck College Lehrhaus 2014-2015: Home of Jewish Learning


Leo Baeck College Lehrhaus 2014-2015: Home of Jewish Learning

Sign up today to feed your enthusiasm for Progressive Jewish Learning. A desire to discover yourself in Judaism and Judaism in yourself is all you will need to study with us. All the courses are taught by the College's faculty. Our teachers are both passionate about their subject and deeply knowledgeable.

On offer this year are:

Biblical Hebrew with Dr Alinda Damsma
Tuesday 14 October to Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm

Tuesday 27 January to Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm
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Concepts of Kabbalah with Rabbi Larry Tabick
8 session course - Tuesday 14 October to Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 7.30 pm to 9.15pm
(Please note that there is no session on 18 November)
For full details about this course and how to register

Two courses in Jewish Sacred Music with Dr Annette Boeckler
Life Cycle – the musical and liturgical perspective
Wednesday 22 October to Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 7.45 pm to 9.15pm

High Holidays – nusach, melodies and texts
Wednesday 4 February to Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 7.45 pm to 9.15pm
For full details about this course and how to register

Bible Stories for Grown-Ups with Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet
Thursday 30 October to Thursday 20 November 2014 at 7.45 pm to 9.15pm
For full details about this course and how to register

Building fences, opening doors: Status in Jewish Tradition with Rabbi Josh Levy
10 November to 1 December  2014 at 7.45 pm to 9.15 pm
For full details about this course information and how to register

Spinoza's Jewish Philosophy with Rabbi Mark L Solomon
Tuesday 3 to 24 February 2015
For full details about this course and how to register

Introduction to Midrash with Rabbi Colin Eimer
March 2015 
Information and dates to follow

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Rabbinic ordination Sunday 6th July 2014

ordination 2014Leo Baeck College held its annual Ordination ceremony on Sunday 6th July 2014. The service, at which three new rabbis from the College were ordained, was held for the first time at Edgware & District Reform Synagogue and witnessed by a packed congregation.

The three new rabbis are Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel, who will divide his time between his congregation in Lyons, France, and Finchley Progressive Synagogue, Rabbi Dr Kate Briggs, who has already taken up a position at Glasgow Reform Synagogue and Rabbi Julia Grishchenko who will continue to do much needed and valued work with her community in Odessa, Ukraine.

The 2014 Ordination had an added dimension in that Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny, Chief Rabbi to the Progressive Jews of Kyiv and Ukraine and an alumnus of Leo Baeck, ordained Rabbi Grishchenko in Russian, the first time this had happened in the College’s fifty eight year history. On being ordained, Rabbi Grishchenko said: “I have known for 20 years that I wanted to be a Rabbi. Today is a day of great transformation in my life. I am deeply committed to my community in Odessa and to ensuring that like me, they can live truly inclusive, Progressive Jewish lives today and tomorrow.”

Leo Baeck College is extremely proud of its three new Rabbis who will undoubtedly provide leadership and strength to the communities in which they will serve.

Leo Baeck College is a preeminent institution of Jewish scholarship and learning that is open to all. At Leo Baeck College we combine inspirational, high calibre teaching with a commitment to enriching the intellectual and spiritual lives of the Progressive Jewish Community.


Parashat Balak


Dr Laliv Clenman thinks about food and sex at the end of parashat Balak.

The Torah has many references to food sources in Israel, but in parashat Balak the non-Israelite prophet Balaam claims that the people of Israel are actually like food sources:  'palm-groves that stretch out' (the source of dates) and 'gardens beside a river' (the source of fruits and vegetables). Local food production is inextricably bound up with the identity of this land and its inhabitants, and in this spirit we are proud of our work in Leket Israel's designated fields. - More information from here


Highlights from the Leo Baeck College Ordination Ceremony on Sunday 6 July 2014

LBC ordination highlights 1 from LBC College on Vimeo.


A career in Jewish Education

Would you like to be a Head Teacher of a Religion School?

Are you looking to progress in your current job?

Are you involved in youth work?

If so, Leo Baeck College  have two exciting part-time study opportunities in Jewish Education:

BA (Hons) in Jewish Education

MA in Jewish Education

Find out what our current students say about our courses


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Jewish Legacy is working with over 40 leading Jewish charities to help people understand how important it is that they leave a gift in their Will to a Jewish charity of their choice.

Without this kind of support, the future of our favourite causes will be an uncertain one.

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Leo Baeck College has a brand new Facebook page which is regularly updated with interesting news, events and information.

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Leo Baeck College needs your help to continue training rabbis and educators for the future of progressive Judaism. We are dependent on the wider Jewish community to support and enrich our work.

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