A Conversation with… Rabbi Ron Li-Paz

Rabbi Mel recently sat down with Rabbi Ron Li-Paz (’13). Rabbi Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue in Calabasas, CA. In this wide-ranging conversation, he discusses his path to AJRCA, his experience as a student at the Academy, his work since his ordination, the health of the community and his recent meeting with Pope Francis.

If you’d like to help support AJRCA’s work in training Jewish leaders to transform their communities into places where all Jews can grow toward spiritual wholeness and well-being, please make a contribution here.

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb Discusses Antisemitism

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb recently joined the Shalom Salaam Peace Of Mind podcast to discuss a number of issues relating to antisemitism.

The Shalom Salaam podcast features Muslims & Jews in Los Angeles are having conversations on well-being and mental health via supporting each other, building interfaith bridges, and by creating positive change on the ground.

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Our 2019 Chaplaincy Graduate

Dina Batsheva Kuperstock

“To be a chaplain is to offer myself in service and companionship, opening spaces where people, regardless of origins or identities, can recognize the value, beauty, and resilience of their spirits. It is a privilege to invite others to share deeper meaning.”

Thesis: “First Soul, Second Voice: A Ritual Approach to Advance Care Planning” (Click here to watch Dina present her thesis)

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Our 2019 Master of Jewish Studies Graduate

Revital Somekh-Goldreich

“As an artist-cum-scholar, with a specialization in Interfaith Relations, I teach the Bible and commentary thereon with a creative approach, leading both Jews and non-Jews to mine them for wisdom — in the areas of identity and spirituality, relationships, society, and politics — toward building a more harmonious world.”

Thesis: “Artists and Art-Viewers as Biblical Commentators: Art-Midrash for Homes and Public Spaces as a Link in the Chain of Transmission” (Click here to watch Revital present her thesis)

A Conversation with… Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Rabbi Mel recently sat down with Rabbi Neil Blumofe (’09). Rabbi Blumofe discussed his experience with Judaism in Austin, Texas, where he lives and works and how he brings music into work.


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