is an Artist, Calligrapher and Educator, specialising in Hebrew Calligraphy and Illumination. She has exhibited widely including at the British Library, The Museum of London and The Jewish Museum. Vetta is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, and also has extensive experience in working with the arts in educational and therapeutic contexts, working with children, adolescents, families and adults. She has an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, specialising in Yiddish studies.
is an author, and a senior tutor at Christie's Education Department. As well as teaching at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Patrick has taught for The Prison Service, The Royal Academy of Arts and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also contributed to radio programmes including for Classic FM and Radio 4.
is a practising psychoanalyst and training analyst. He is Director emeritus of The Squiggle Foundation which promotes the work of the eminent psychoanalyst and paediatrician Donald Winnicott. Holding a degree in English, he enjoys a life-long research interest in integrating and enriching the two disciplines.
is a teacher and writer with a specialist interest in ultra orthodoxy within Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. His experiences and travels were serialised in the Jerusalem Report during the years that he was resident in Jerusalem and also broadcast on BBC Radio Four Religion.
is a pianist and composer who has taught composition and piano for many years. Originally trained as a classical pianist, she later branched out and studied more popular genres of jazz, blues, rock, pop and bossanova. She has written music to film, theatre, animation and many other visual genres. She is currently recording an album of original compositions and songs.
started her Delicious Diva demo classes last year from her home in Hampstead to rave reviews. She is happiest when discussing, making or reading about food. Born and raised in Manchester to an Egyptian mother and Syrian father, Nadia has warm memories of spending many a half term in the kitchen helping her mother makes pasteles, lahemajine and other Sephardi treats from The Middle East.
has a BA in Geography & History of Art from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has been a Hebrew teacher in the Israeli Sunday School, Yavneh College, Elite Language Institute and the London Jewish Cultural Centre. She has also taught on the subjects of the history and geography of Israel as a guide and a teacher both in Israel and the UK.
holds postgraduate diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He has just been commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra to write a new orchestral work to be premiered at the Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy in June 2013. Nimrod Borenstein's compositions are gaining a worldwide reputation with performances throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.
was professor of English literature at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, where she specialized in the English novel. She has published work on Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf. Now retired, she divides her time between London and the US.
is an award-winning guide and has been conducting tours for 25 years. He specialises in the fascinating history and rich heritage of London's Jewish community. He provides an informative and entertaining variety of tours in different districts of the capital and delights in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for Jewish London.
is a painter and lecturer with a BA in Fine Art. He studied with students of David Bomberg and has exhibited in the UK, Europe and Japan. Nigel worked for international relations in Japan and travelled the Tokaido subsequently creating a touring exhibition with a lecture for the British Museum.
is an actor and lecturer in Jewish History and Yiddish language and literature. He is author of a number of essays on Yiddish writers and Jewish history, and has advised on several films.
has recently completed his PhD at Birkbeck College on Spinoza and been appointed Jacobsen Fellow at the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is very interested in the social history of philosophy and the concrete effects that philosophical ideas have had on broader society.
Dr Neil Faulkner FSA
is a Research Fellow at Bristol University, Editor of Military History Monthly, and Co-director of field projects in Jordan, Slovenia, and Britain. An archaeologist and historian, his latest book, 'A Marxist History of the World', is currently being translated into five foreign languages.
has an MA in Jewish Folklore from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has been a Hebrew teacher in the North Western Reform Synagogue's Cheder and the Clore Shalom school. Ronit has also taught on the subjects of the Holocaust, Israeli History and Jewish Identity both in Israel and the UK.
is former chaplain at St Paul's Girls School and Priest in Ordinary to the Queen at the Chapel Royal. He has lectured on religion, astronomy, and ethics in schools in New York, Sydney, and Buenos Aires; and on the stars to be seen above Africa's Rift Valley in Kenya. Adam is a regular and popular lecturer at the LJCC.
runs Joodoo Drums, an organization which provides interactive drumming workshops for schools, businesses, parties, conferences and festivals. He believes that drumming is a wonderful tonic for both body and soul and also a great way to bond with other people.
is an author and educator with an interest in Jewish texts and the historical development of Judaism. He has a PhD in Targum, the ancient Aramaic bible translation, and is a Trustee of Friends of Louis Jacobs. He writes books on topics of Jewish interest and his most recent book "The Talmud: A biography" was published in February 2014.
is a well established documentary and commercial photographer that has spent the last 5 years bringing focus to the great diversity that is Spitalfields Life. He specialises in producing photographic narratives and portraits.
Dr Helen Fry is a historian and biographer who has written over 20 books, including Churchill's German Army, Music & Men, Freuds' War, From Dachau to D-Day, and Inside Nuremberg Prison. She is currently engaged on a number of script-writing projects for film and TV, based on her work. Her latest book is "The M Room" which tells the story of German Refugees who worked as "secret listeners" for British Intelligence in WWII, bugging the conversations of German POWS. "The M Room" has received national coverage, including on BBC's The One Show. Helen's website: www.helen-fry.com
was trained by the Reader Organisation and has had success in bringing shared reading to different groups of people from library groups to care homes. Kate was a barrister and worked as a media lawyer for 20 years before becoming involved with audio recording of books and magazines for the blind.
worked in education in Israel for a number of years before moving to London. A recent addition to the Centre, Hani has quickly established herself with our students.
has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, LEA adviser, and LEA, Ofsted and Pikuach inspector. She has written over 40 books mainly on aspects of religious and cultural diversity in education and is a frequent radio broadcaster on Jewish and educational subjects.
is a highly experienced Jewish studies teacher who loves to find innovative ways to explore Jewish Texts. A UJIA Ashdown fellow he is the former Executive Director of the Assembly of
has taught for many years at the Israeli Sunday School and is a welcome addition to our team.
is Executive Director of Education and Holocaust Studies at the London Jewish Cultural Centre and senior lecturer in Jewish history which she has taught for over 25 years. She is editor in chief of the teaching resource pack "Lessons of the Holocaust".
Lara Gold Ezekiel
is the Creator & Managing Director of the UK hit Love2DanceUK. She has danced all her life and is an international Zumba Instructor. Lara has most recently won the award for 'Instructor Of The Year 2012'. She has a passion for music and dance that is second to none and truly believes that to just turn the music up, let go and dance, feeds the soul!
Previously Richard was Director of UJIA Israel Experience and the Director of the Lessons from Auschwitz project at the Holocaust Educational Trust. He originally worked as Director of European Programmes for the Israel Experience department.
is the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Director of Overseas Projects, represents the UK on the International Task Force for Holocaust and Remembrance and is a senior lecturer in Jewish History. Jerold has also been made Associate Professor of Jewish History at the Institute of Jewish Studies at Henan University in China.
For the past 15 years, Amir has been on a journey that combines daily fitness training and Body-Psychotherapy. After undergoing a therapeutic process himself, he spent three years training as a Body-Psychotherapist. Amir has qualifications in Body-Psychotherapy, Somatic Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki and Reconnective Healing. Amir is a qualified Tai Chi Chuan teacher and 2 times British gold medalist (in pushing hands). As well as having trained as a Kick Boxer and personal trainer,He has been practising and refining his skills for the past 12 years.
is a writer and teacher with many years' experience of teaching creative writing. She is an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College and her new novel Sylvia Garland's Broken Heart will be published in November.
is a former TV producer and freelance writer. He writes regularly for Prospect, The New Statesman, The Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Renaissance and is the Chief Fiction Reviewer for The Jewish Chronicle.
is a member of the Parkes Centre for Jewish/non-Jewish relations at Southampton University. He is returning to teach at LJCC after more than 20 years' absence. His many books on modern, including Jewish history, include his recent two volume Crisis of Genocide, The European Rimlands, 1912-1953.
Cynthia Levin has toured her stand-up doing clubs, colleges and festivals throughout the world, receiving many accolades, in addition to several TV appearances. A naturally gifted teacher, Cynthia has been sharing what she has learned for nine years to people of all ages and levels, from beginners to pros.
is Executive Director of Languages at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. She was born in Jerusalem, and studied History and Geography at the Hebrew University. She taught Hebrew for 11 years in Paris and has taught at the London Jewish Cultural Centre for more than 18 years.
is a lecturer in Landscape Horticulture at the City Lit, Farncombe Centre, Glos., WEA and South London Botanical Institute. She taught Garden History and Horticulture and Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years, and now leads garden tours abroad. She was a guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years, and is now a Green Flag Park Judge.
is globally recognised as a superb educator. She is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and is a UJIA Ashdown Fellow. Her background and foreground combines teaching literature and Jewish texts.
is a prize-winning London Blue Badge tourist guide. Combining knowledge from working in the City's professional services sector with a passion for history and his home town, Mark's walks and tours celebrate both ancient and modern sides of London, including the still unfolding story of its Jewish communities.
is an historian (specialising in Genocide and war studies), educational consultant and writer, who has been working with the London Jewish Cultural Centre for over fifteen years. She was an advisor to the Department of Education for over five years and currently works with the Historical Association, the Royal British Legion and HMDT (Holocaust Memorial Day Trust).
is a familiar face at the LJCC for whom he worked for many years. A Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, he has contributed sections to many books on film and documentary, and is a well known academic commentator on Hollywood. Searle has just completed a chapter for a book on promotion in the media world - focusing on Hollywood branding.
is a prize-winning Blue Badge guide, who is passionate about exploring London's heritage. Her walks and talks cover a wide range of themes and areas but always focus on the 'human stories behind the buildings'. Her first book, 'Jewish London', was published in March 2012.
Recently named in New York as one of the hundred people worldwide contributing most the wellbeing of the Jewish people, Clive is our scholar-in-residence, exploring literary, philosophical, historical and religious themes in a wide variety of courses over the years. One of the founders of - and still a key force behind - Limmud, Clive has been a Headmaster, Chair of a hospital trust, on the Metropolitan Police Authority, deputy director of Liverpool's education service, an A Level Chief Examiner and much else besides. As sidelines, he is a magistrate and one of the world's leading calendrical experts.
Dr Bea Lewkowicz
is a social anthropologist and oral historian, she received her PhD from the London School of Economics. Her thesis on the Jewish Community of Salonika was published in 2006. She has co-directed the AJR Refugee Voices Archive and is currently the director of Sephardi Voices UK.
a specialist in Jewish related film, is manager of the London Jewish Cultural Centre Film Archive. He began to build the archive in 1994 and it is now the largest collection of Jewish related film material in Europe. Stuart lectures, gives film presentations and provides information and material to film researchers, academics and anyone interested in Jewish archive footage.
is a native Arabic speaker who completed her university degree at a top university in Iraq. She worked for many years in education and has joined the ljcc faculty in September, 2010 teaching Arabic.
has worked in the Media for over 35 years latterly at the BBC where he was responsible for all feature films and non UK TV series. George was instrumental in acquiring the screening rights to the Tudors, Mad Men and Damages as well as hundreds of feature films ranging from Rebecca and Black Narcissus to Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises.
A life-long film fan George is currently working on a feature film and a drama series.
has an MA in English Literature. She was the Editor of the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle, a bookseller and publisher. She is now the Artistic Director of Ivy House Music and Dance.((c)Keith Wynn/Photocraft Hampstead)
Lady Susette Palmer
has been a Barnet Councillor for over 20 years. Her classes are renowned for being relaxed and enjoyable because she wants everyone to enjoy knitting as much as she does. She has a design Diploma from Harrow School of Art and a Diploma in World Art and Artefacts (world-wide design) from Birkbeck.
is a writer/lecturer/editor. She has edited various anthologies of new fiction by Jewish writers, Jewish women's poetry and Yiddish film. She has written the script for her first film L'Esprit de L'Escalier and is completing her second film Dream Life of Debris.
was Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is chair of the editorial board of Polin:Studies in Polish Jewry and his most recent work is The Jews in Poland and Russia volume 1, 1350-1881; volume 2 1881-1914 (Oxford, 2010). He has been awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Independent Lithuania.
an Israeli by birth, Vardit completed an MA in American Studies. She teaches Hebrew at Immanuel College and is a long standing member of our team.
is South African born and divides her time between teaching in London and painting in Cannes. She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Cannes Grand Prix and feels passionately that anyone can enjoy creating art.
has been teaching Bridge for 30 years and is a professional teacher with the English Bridge Union. Former bridge correspondent of the Jewish Chronicle and author of Practice your Rule of 11 he has written countless articles over the years for English Bridge and Bridge Plus.
is the author of the prize-winning Einstein for Beginners and other books about science. He is a graduate of the Nobel prize-winning Group of Luis Alvarez in Berkeley and taught physics for many years in the City University of New York. He is now a psychotherapist in London.
is a Blue Badge guide who is passionate about London and its social history. She is the founder of uniquelondontours, specialising in personal walking tours throughout London.
is an award-winning academic, consultant and analyst specialising in terrorism and Middle-East affairs. He is a lecturer at New York University in London, and a frequent expert contributor on radio and TV.
has worked extensively with children as a group leader, entertainer and childminder for 1-8 year olds. She is also a solo singer and with bands, performing, writing and recording original music and old jazz/blues.
is a freelance musician, with a wealth of experience in performance and teaching. She is director of the SOAS World Music Choir, leads Singing for the Brain sessions for the Alzheimers Society, and has recently completed a fifth CD of her own songs.
trained extensively in the USA and Europe in a broad spectrum of physical disciplines. She is certified by the renowned Pilates Foundation, and also by the Australian Institute of Pilates and Physiotherapy (APPI).
has been encouraging and enabling non-Greek speakers to master her native tongue for more than fifteen years. Coming from Salonika to live in Britain with her family two years ago she has found teaching Greek as a foreign language in this country an equally rewarding experience.
is an extremely versatile host of business events and a presentation skills coach. He has over 15 years experience in presenting, hosting and coaching speakers. He is a qualified Intellectual Property Lawyer and has the ability to absorb complex subjects quickly. He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, writing and performing comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe. His warmth, humour and intelligence help turn complex subjects into engaging and memorable presentations. He is a popular choice for hosting business events and facilitating Q&A sessions. Adam lectures at the Institute of Directors on Business Presentation Skills, and delivers in-house courses for companies.
Diana Toeman MBE
is a keen theatregoer and was an audio-describer for visually-impaired playgoers for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Duke of York's Theatre and the Soho Theatre for many years.
William Tyler MBE
is an experienced adult educator, who loves to share his enthusiasm for history with others. He holds degrees from three British Universities and has held senior positions in adult education, including the post of Principal of The City Literary Institute in London.
studied English and Related Literatures at the University of York. After 10 years teaching in a London comprehensive school he founded Film Education, a charity which developed the use of film in the classroom. Ha has produced, written and directed programmes for the BBC Learning Zone and Channel 4.
studied Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge University and has an MPhil in Medieval Hebrew. She has taught extensively in a variety of settings and runs a number of successful adult education courses.