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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. Most classes consist of 5 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.

Check back soon for an updated course listing.

Previously Offered Classes include:

Essential Talmud: 2,500-Year-Old Wisdom That's Still Relevant Today

Talmud's top ideas, stories and values and what you need to know-how to study it. 

Discover and engage with Judaism's most talked about compendium of knowledge: The Talmud. The Talmud offers us a window into the ancient world of the rabbis: Their loves, their competition with each other, their families, wives, prostitutes and children and we will cover them all. It also delves into priests committing fratricide, God admitting defeat, wayward children, death and love – and we will cover it all.

Join instructor Igael Gurin Malous for 5 sessions this winter as he brings his unique perspective and approach to this age-old text. You will never look at the Talmud the same way again!

In each 90-minute session, you’ll examine specific themes and readings from the text – and discuss their place in today’s society. Session titles include:

1.  Taking off one layer at a time: the erotic dance of studying the layers of the text.
2.  “Is it a bird? Is it a plane?” No, it’s a Talmudic Rabbi!: The fantastic power of Torah and Rabbis who know it.
3.  Things that you can see from here, you cannot see from there: It’s a wonderful (1st century) world.
4.  Cherche la famme: It’s a man’s world or the “mud” ceiling.
5.  God and Us or does the Universe begin with U ‘n I?

Class Length: 5 sessions on Tuesdays in late January, February and early March
Class Dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6
Meeting Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Class Location: UCLA @ Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Igael Gurin Malous is a Talmudist, artist, educator, theologian, husband and father. He grew up in Belgium and Israel (so as expected he is very well dressed and very blunt) He has a traditional Jewish background and studied in yeshiva for a large portion of his life and has been involved in informal and formal education for many years. He is currently writing his book exploring how to use talmud in everyday life.


Strangers We Haven't Met Yet: A Five-Week Course on Interfaith Engagement

As the religious and cultural landscape in America is becoming more diverse and complex on a daily basis, it is not surprising that many of us know little about our neighbors, their ways of life, beliefs and traditions. Come explore the most challenging and exciting interfaith dialogue of our day, and meet leaders and representatives from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh communities, and beyond.

Specifically, this class will cover the following topics and feature the following guests:
- Screening of the prize-winning film: God and Allah Need To Talk followed by conversation with Mohamed Khan, a leading Muslim interfaith activist/organizer from the King Fahad Mosque

- Unique opportunity to meet and hear stories of Jewish and Muslim women who have been dialoguing together with one another for 16 years

- Interfaith Minister Doris W. Davis will share a genealogical map of the Giant Tree and Branches of the Religions of the World. Prepare to be amazed!

- Conversation with prominent religious and interfaith leaders from five distinct communities: Christian (Jack Miles), Muslim (Prof. Amir Husein), Sikh (Nirjanjan Khalsa), Hindu (Rini Ghosh), and Jewish (Rabbi Mel Gottlieb)

- Conversation with Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord of The Guibord Center - Religion Inside Out, who is working together with animal rights organizations; and with Exec. Director Eugene Shirley of Pando Populus, an organization launched three years ago to promote mainstream ecological consciousness by forming collaborative partnerships with diverse interfaith organizations around the city).

- Conversation with young Interfaith Activists of multiple backgrounds: Hindu, Sikh, Baha'i, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Global New Thought, Atheists, Atherius Society.

Class Length: 5 sessions on consecutive Thursdays
Class Dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27
Meeting Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Class Location: UCLA @ Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

A passionate interfaith leader, documentary filmmaker, journalist, and author, honored internationally for her contributions to cultural education, peace and justice, Ruth Broyde Sharone served as co-chair of the Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR) for 10 years. She is an inspirational public speaker and travels frequently to college campuses to present interfaith programs and screen her award-winning documentary, “God and Allah Need to Talk.” Her recent interfaith memoir, Minefields & Miricles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk (2012), endorsed by more than 30 religious leaders including H.H.the Dalai Lama, won top awards in two literary competitions. She is also the creator of INTERFAITH: The Musical a joyous musical dedicated to cultural and religious diversity.