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.
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.
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.
set up Tata Isa over 2 years ago after becoming a mother of two. Being entirely bilingual from French parents and having lived in London all of her life, she noticed a gap in the market for foreign language groups for children. As a result Isabelle, who had been running toddler and mummy groups for years decided to put her love of music and children together with her fluent French and create Tata Isa. Her groups have grown from strength to strength.
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.
has been conducting guided tours for 25 years and 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 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.
is a freelance artist specialising in experimental printmaking and ceramics. She exhibits her own work and loves leading workshops to help people of all ages and abilities to express their own creativity and make things to enjoy in their daily lives.
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.
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.
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 including The Gospels Veiled Agenda which discusses the Jewish authorship of the Christian bible and the Church's suppression of the Holy Grail.
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
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
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.
has taught for many years at the Israeli Sunday School and is a welcome addition to our team.
produced arts and talks programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Radio 4 for almost twenty years. He writes for Prospect, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman, The Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Renaissance and The Jewish Chronicle.
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.
was born in Paris and raised in Spitalfields, where his maternal family settled 130 years ago after leaving White Russia. Raymond is a graduate of Birkbeck College. He is interested in Anglo Jewish and East End social history generally, and that of Anglo Jewish friendly societies particularly. He has lectured to the Jewish Historical Society of England in London, the Provinces and Jerusalem and to other organisations. He is a member of Council of JHSE and a member of the Friendly Societies Research Group.
Paula Kitching 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.
Our Scholar in Residence Clive is also a magistrate in Haringey, Senior Consultant to Limmud, a freelance management and educational consultant. His creative style of teaching makes him one of our most popular lecturers.
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 for over 33 years in the media latterly at the BBC where he brought Damages , The Tudors and Mad Men to our screens alongwith many great movies including the Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribean Franchises. He is currently working on a movie and has just formed a new production company . His talks include many rarely seen clips and George is passionate about all things film.
Mel and Mike
Mike and Mel have been teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Blues, Boogie Woogie and authentic Jazz together for 5 years, both at their regular venues and for other swing dance organisations and camps across the UK.
is a former leader writer and New York correspondent of the Daily Telegraph. His book on Latin, Amo, Amas, Amat and All That was a top 10 bestseller, and he has written books on his time as a libel barrister and a history of British buildings. His new book, How England Made the English, will published in May.
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)
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.
Isabelle Seddon 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).
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
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.