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Through "Gatherings," 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 online via Zoom. Most classes have between six (6) and twelve (12) sessions and 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 Community Education Spring 2023 Program features the following class:

There is a lot of talk about mindfulness these days, but what happens when our minds are full of conflicting thoughts, some of which no longer serve us? How can we bring our attention to the present moment without evaluation so that we can bring about growth and change, for ourselves, our communities and the world?

In this eight-session course we will explore the ancient and modern understandings of individual change (Tikkun Atzmi), communal change (Tikkun Tzibur), and the potential for global change (Tikkun Olam).

Using these three lenses, we will explore biblical, rabbinic, mussar/chasidic, and contemporary thinking on this topic and discover how Jewish text and wisdom offer tools for successful change.

Class Length: 8 sessions on consecutive Tuesdays in April, May and June
Class Dates: 4/18/23 through 6/6/23
Class Location: Online via Zoom with potential, optional, in-person encounters
Meeting Time: 11:00am-12:30pm PT
Tuition: $180 (register below)

Rabbi Joshua Hoffman is the President and CEO of AJRCA. He joined the Academy in October, 2022.

Prior to joining the Academy, Rabbi Hoffman served as Rabbi at Congregation Valley Beth Shalom in Encino from 2003-2021 and currently serves as President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. During his pastoral tenure at Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Hoffman created and facilitated innovative programs focused on social justice, interfaith activities and community engagement while his role at the Board of Rabbis expanded his appreciation for the richness of denominational diversity.

Rabbi Hoffman earned his Masters in Education and Masters in Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles as well as his Rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School.

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* Please note - this is NOT a tax-deductible donation, but a class registration fee.