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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 Fall 2023 Program features the following class:

Among the People - Exploring the Themes of Yamim Noraim

This course will cover the major rubrics and themes of Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur liturgy, and the theology of Yamim Noraim.

After taking this course, you will be able to explain the central themes and liturgical rubrics of Yamim Noraim in an accessible way. You will also be able to translate and explicate the liturgical language of the rubrics studied, and perform a simplified version of Kol Nidrei.

Class Length: 4 sessions on consecutive Wednesdays in August and September
Class Dates: 8/23/23, 8/30/23, 9/6/23, 9/13/23
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Meeting Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm PT
Tuition: $36 (register below)


Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D., is the David Ellenson Professor Emerita of Modern Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR’s Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She was one of the first theologian/ethicists to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics. Her essay “The Jew Who Wasn’t There,” first published in 1971, is generally considered the first piece of Jewish feminist theology/ethics. She is the author of Engendering Judaism, the first work by a female theologian to win the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Jewish Thought. Engendering Judaism is also available in a Hebrew translation. In Engendering Judaism, Dr. Adler proposed a new Jewish legal model for Jewish marriage rooted in partnership law rather than property law. Some Jews use this ceremony rather than the traditional one.

Rabbi Adler’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California with a conjoint certificate in Judaica from HUC-JIR, an M.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University, where she completed all but her doctoral dissertation in English Renaissance Drama, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She was ordained as a rabbi by HUC-JIR in 2012.

Click here for more on Rabbi Adler's work.

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