Learning at American Jewish University
The American Jewish University generously hosted our group at their campus which also afforded us the opportunity to pray with and learn from their esteemed faculty. We were welcomed by Rabbi Brad Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Rabbi Alexander took us on an inspirational tour of the American Jewish University and gave us an inside understanding of its vision and structure and helped us understand each student's many opportunities to learn, grow and develop. Rabbi Artson taught about the Masorti/Conservative Movement and Israel and Diaspora relations.
Abner Goldstine (middle) joined us to give us his insight on valuable Jewish missions and we were all motivated by his commitment and dedication. Abner shared with us his views on the role of a lay leader and showed us that passion and dedication is ageless.
Rabbi Elliot Dorff taught us about what
speaks most intimately to every young adult: couple relationships. Through text, Rabbi Dorff showed us the open mindedness of Judaism, at a time when the entire world thought differently. Most of all, Rabbi Dorff opened up an honest and frank conversation about marriage, children and intimate relations.
Rabbi Jay Strear, Vice President of Development, AJU (pictured left) dedicated a few hours with us to help us understand how to raise needed development funds. Rabbi Strear shared his views on professional conduct, perseverance and dedication. He provided the group with useful tools which they will be able to implement in their day to day work in Latin America.
Our group was fortunate to be able to experience the diversity of Masorti/Conservative Jewish life in Los Angeles.
Friday was spent at Temple Beth Am and in their fabulous education center, The Pressman Academy. We met with Head of School Rabbi Mitchell Malkus, teachers and students. Following a joyous Kabbalat Shabbat service, Temple Beth Am hosted us for Shabbat dinner in their homes and created a warm Shabbat ruach under the leadership of Rabbi Adam Kligfeld (right).
Shabbat morning tefillot were spent with IKAR
As you see above, Rabbi David Wolpe
met with our group at Sinai Temple. He shared with us his perspective on Masorti/Conservative Judaism, Jewish institutions, social media and much much more. He inspired all of us with his honest and inspirational vision. Rabbi Wolpe challenged us and allowed us to understand what stands behind the success of Sinai Temple. Through this conversation we sharpened our views of inclusivity and we enjoyed a tour of the Synagogue complex and learned about the art within.
(Left) Diane Wohl with Rabbi Hoffman and Gabi Lasry from Argentina.Diane Wohl
, Masorti Olami Board Member and supporter, joined us for a full day of the seminar and motivated us with us her vision and experience. All of us were inspired by her passion as a lay leader and we were privileged to have Diane share what excites her and moves her to action.
(Right) Rabbi Josh Hoffman explained about the food bank at VBS.
At Valley Beth Shalom
, we shared a beautiful weekly morning service with a family breakfast following. Rabbi Josh Hoffman
gave us a fascinating tour of VBS and allowed us to understand the incredible work that this community does for all ages and various points of engagement.