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Through our Community Education program, the Academy brings leaders from the broader community to share and discuss timely, intriguing and inspirational topics. Whether you're interested in getting your feet wet in hopes of enrolling later on, or you're just interested in a particular topic, we're honored to have you join us.

Community Education classes, unless otherwise noted, meet in the evenings at UCLA @ Hillel and are also available for participation online via Zoom. Most classes consist of six (6) sessions that meet once per week. Registration fees vary by class.

These classes are open to all -- including current students -- but do not include any credits that count toward a professional or Master's degree.

Our Spring 2020 Program includes these classes:

The World to Come

The Torah hints about the existence of worlds other than this world, HaOlam Hazeh, but the belief in the goodness and eternity of World to Come is central to traditional Judaism. The last of Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith states: "I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Mashiach, and even if he tarries, I will always wait for him to come."

Judaism holds firmly that the purpose of Creation is the deepening knowledge of the Creator, and that all the suffering, exiles, misery and deaths are designed to prepare for the future state of encompassing truth, light, abundance, love and Oneness.

The course includes six sessions addressing several key concepts relating to the World to Come:
- Messiah: There will be a time in human history that all problems will be solved, and everything will be all good
- Four Worlds: Stages of development include this World, The World to Come, The Messianic Age and the Resurrection of the Dead (as well as the World of Souls)
- Angels: the Creator sends messengers to deliver messages and perform action in our world
- Reward and Punishment: All that happens in the other worlds is determined by our thoughts, speech and deeds in this world, individually and collectively
- Gilgul: Reincarnation of Souls. The soul is eternal and part of the Creator. Death of the body is but a transition to a different state
- Shabbat: A forestate of the World to Come, Shabbat partakes in the future and designed perfection of Creation

Class Length: 6 sessions on consecutive Sundays in February and March
Class Dates: 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22
Meeting Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Class Location: UCLA @ Hillel or Online via Zoom
Parking: UCLA Lot #2, Westholme and Hilgard Aves, $3/hour for up to 3 hrs
Tuition:
$90 (Register Here)

Instructor:
Rabbi Ronnie Serr learns and teaches the love of HaShem, the love of Israel and the love of Torah following the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov. He holds a private Orthodox rabbinical ordination. A graduate of Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University and UCLA, he currently works in technology as a web database developer following careers in journalism, translation and book publishing.


The Path from Wholeness to Holiness

Mussar, Hasidut, and Kabbala are three distinct paths in Jewish tradition which, when blended into wholeness, guide us toward holiness in our lifetime. In this course we will reveal and explore gems from these traditions which probe both unconscious and conscious energies within the psyche, and lead us to actualizing our unique destiny in this world. Come and Learn!

Class Length: 6 sessions on Mondays in February and March
Class Dates: 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 (No class on 3/9)
Meeting Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Class Location: UCLA @ Hillel or Online via Zoom
Parking: UCLA Lot #2, Westholme and Hilgard Aves, $3/hour for up to 3 hrs
Tuition:
$90 (Register Here)

Instructor:
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, PhD, is President of AJRCA and Interim Dean of the Rabbinical School.  He was ordained at Yeshiva University, and his PhD is in Mythology/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. A published author many times over, a major part of his work has always focused on the mystical aspects of Jewish tradition.