Alumni News, Campus, Diversity and Inclusion, Klal Israel

How Hillel at UCLA Moved beyond Tolerance to Embrace Difference

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced Thursday the hiring of Rabbi Aaron Lerner, executive director of Hillel at UCLA, as its next president and CEO. Lerner will take over the new post Jan. 2, succeeding Marvin I. Schotland, who has led the foundation since 1989 and will retire...

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Alumni News, LGBTQ

Synagogue Teshuva

By Rabbi Jonathan Leener for eJewishPhilanthropy For many American Jews, the synagogue is totally irrelevant. As an institution, the synagogue is often viewed as being sterile and unwelcoming. Authenticity and inclusivity are not often associated with synagogue life. Membership decline and building closures are now commonplace. We could use COVID-19...

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Alumni News, Chaplaincy, Pastoral Counseling, Thought Leadership

I’m a Rabbi With Mental Illness and I’m Done Trying to Hide My Pain

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), for Alma. Content warning: suicidal ideation I live with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. As a rabbi, cantor, actor and author, that’s not how I usually introduce myself. But this summer I spent three and a half weeks at an in-patient facility tending to...

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Alumni News, Klal Israel, Pulpit, Vibrant Orthodoxy, Young Adults / Engagement

Jewish Daily Forward: A Chicago Orthodox rabbi reaches out to his Rohingya and Black neighbors

By Joshua Flanders Read the original story in the Jewish Daily Forward here. In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out. As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals,...

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