House of Study

For many years, the Leo Baeck Centre’s House of Study (Beit Midrash) Committee has had an ongoing and popular program of talks, panels and discussion sessions designed to appeal to all sectors of the Progressive community and to increase the knowledge of participants. Events are often held at LBC on Sunday mornings, commencing at 10.30, with bagels available from 10.00.

Two popular annual events are the Leo Baeck Lecture and the Yom Ha’atzmaut Dinner. The Leo Baeck Lecture is held on a Sunday evening in March as part of the Kew Festival ( and usually features a guest speaker with a high public profile. LBC commemorates Yom Ha’atzmaut by looking at the various immigrant groups that make up Israel’s diverse Jewish community. We hold a Saturday night dinner in one of Melbourne’s many ethnic restaurants, accompanied by a talk about the Jews from the country whose food we are enjoying.

The House of Study Committee also coordinates a number of other LBC events such as LBCinema, details of which are elsewhere on this website.

The House of Study events already planned are listed below. We are always interested in hearing of suggested events to add to our future program. Please contact the LBC ( or 9819 7160) if you have any proposals.


Upcoming Events In 2015 and Beyond:

Misunderstood Words Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black

Date to be confirmed – Sunday, 10.30 am (Bagels 10.00 am)

There are many Hebrew words whose English meaning is sometimes misinterpreted or lost in translation. There are also words (e.g. Mitzvah) that can’t be directly translated. We will also look at Hebrew words like Torah that have multiple meanings.

How Do Muslims And Jews View Jesus? Sheik Riad Galil and Rabbi Fred Morgan

Sunday 15 November, 10.30 am (Bagels 10.00 am)

The question of Jesus’ status is an issue that divides Christianity from the other two Abrahamic faiths. However, some of the Muslim concepts also vary from those of Judaism. Two prominent leaders of their respective communities will lead this two-way discussion.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Dinner 2016 – The Jews Of India Rebecca And Joseph Joseph

Date in May 2016 to be confirmed – Saturday 7.30 pm

Bookings will be essential through the LBC office with venue details provided upon booking.

Did you know that Jews first arrived in India as long ago as the Babylonian Exile? Our guest speakers are now LBC members but were born and bred in India. They will discuss the ongoing and unique Judeo-Indian cultures.