Members receive priority, non-members can sign up for the waitlist.

Learning with Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
May 14-16

Option 1: Large Kitchen community lecture.
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 PM
If you are not a Kitchen member, but would like to be put on the waitlist for a seat to this event, please email Elise

Option 2: 3 Day Learning Opportunity
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM through Thursday, May 16, 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM  
RSVP here.

3 Day Schedule:


“I AM A STRANGER: BECOMING RUTH”: Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about?

Wednesday / Thursday: 

Cries and Whispers: The Life of Sarah: The narratives underlying Sarah’s death and Rebecca’s marriage release a hidden midrashic theme. We will explore sources that suggest a shared dynamic.

“She was what he had missed:” On the Loss of Women: We will discuss Jacob's relations with the women in his life: Rachel, Deborah, Dinah and – most significantly – Rebekah. Tragedy befalls all of them, soon after Jacob returns home after a long absence. 

“To Be Or Not To Be:” A Tale of Five Sisters : The five daughters of Zelofchad figure in a unique brief narrative which throws them into a relation of some tension with Moses. With the help of midrashic and hassidic sources, we will ask: In what sense can this be considered as a feminist narrative?

Dr. Marc Dollinger “Anti-Semitism”
Thursday, May 30, 7 PM
Location upon RSVP      


Shabbat + Learning with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Friday, March 15, 6:15 PM Shabbat PM at SFFS [no RSVP required]
Saturday, March 16, 10 AM - Shabbat AM
Saturday, March 16, 6:00 PM- Shabbat third meal
RSVP here

Organized Religion + Progressive Movements Today
Rabbi Noa Kushner, Michael Pappas, Maha Elgenaidi and Father Richard Smith
Monday, March 18, 6 PM
More details and ticket here

Yavilah McCoy in conversation w/ Rabbi Noa Kushner
Intersectional Jewish Social Justice: Dismantling Racism and Antisemitism as an Unapologetic Black Jewish Womanist Leader in partnership with Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, USF Sunday March 31st, 7 PM
Details and location here, free and open to everyone

Shabbat with Rabbi Rani Jaeger Friday, April 5, 6:15 PM - Shabbat PM at Noe Valley Ministry Saturday, April 6, 10:15 AM - Shabbat AM
Location upon RSVP 

Learning with Dr. Tomer Perisco
Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM
Location upon RSVP      




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Chaya Gilboa is Program Director of the Hartman Institute-Hebrew College Hevruta Gap Year-Pre-Army Program for North American and Israeli high school graduates. Prior to joining Hevruta, she was scholar-in-residence at Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, where she developed the innovative Experiential European Jewish Educators Program and held seminars and workshops on Jewish education. Chaya also has served as a Jewish Agency Shlicha to Russia and Ukraine, directed Israel programs at the UC Berkley Hillel, worked as an instructor at ALMA College, and co-founded and directed Zirey Kayitz (‘Summer Seeds”). She served as an Israeli government policy intern, strategizing and developing world Jewry and Jewish identity policy for MK Tzipi Livni. She has a BA in Jewish Philosophy and History from Ben Gurion University and an MA in Public Policy from the Hebrew University. Her thesis entitled, “The Haredi Women of Startup Nation,” focuses on the religion-state relationship.


Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Richard and Sylvia Kaufman Family David Hartman Chair. He is author of the highly regarded 2016 book,Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. Donniel is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. He has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism, co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity, and co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life. He is working on his next book, which is entitled, Who Are The Jews? He is married to Adina and is the father of three children and three grandchildren.


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Rachel Korazim is a Jewish education consultant specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Until 2008 she was the Academic Director of distance learning programs at the Jewish Agency's Department of Education. Born in Israel, she served as an IDF officer in the central training base for women and was later a member of the IDF delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a Ph.D. in Jewish education. Dr. Korazim has vast experience in Jewish education in Israel, the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. She is a founder of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is involved with Jewish education worldwide. Since 1990, she has invested time and energy in helping emerging Jewish schools of Hungary.


Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation in the late 80s, became a leading voice advocating for GLBT marriage and ordination in the 90s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a just and secure peace for Israel and the Middle East. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and mentors Camp Ramah in California in Ojai and Ramah of Northern California in the Bay Area. He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. A frequent contributor for the Huffington Post and for the Times of Israel, and a public figure Facebook page with over 53,000 likes, he is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit


Dr. Tomer Persico is a research fellow and Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Persico's fields of study are contemporary spirituality, Jewish renewal, and forms of secularization and religiosity in Israel. His book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition (Hebrew), dealing with techniques of meditation in the Jewish tradition and analyzing cultural transformations leading to the observed shifts in meditative emphasis through generations, was published by Tel Aviv University Press. Tomer is an activist for freedom of religion in Israel, writes the most popular blog in Hebrew on religion, and has written hundreds of articles on these subjects for popular media.


Dr Avivah Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court.  She studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past thirty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

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The Hartman Jewish Leadership Project: Transformative Education for Change Agents and Institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area is made possible through generous funding from the Koret Foundation.