Members receive priority but we do our best to get everyone in. Non-members can sign up for the waitlist. This series is free for Members.
From Family to Consumer: New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry
Sunday, October 28
w/ Guest Scholar Donniel Hartman
Breaking the Silence
Saturday, November 3 - Shabbat AM
w/ visiting IDF soldiers from Breaking the Silence
Anochi: Dialogues with God in Israeli Poetry
Tuesday, November 6
Although Israel is often seen as a society divided along the lines of religiosity and secularism, a close look will show how even the most secular of writers are rooted in classical texts and create their own language of secular prayer. The session will examine a variety of expressions of the relationship with G-d, based on secular, biblical and prayer references in modern Israeli poetry. We will review works by Zeev, Admiel Kosman, Yehuda Amichai, Koby Oz and Eliaz Cohen, as we move from rebellion and denial through painful dialogue, to acceptance through creativity.
w/ Guest Scholar Rachel Korazim
The Other as Mirror
Thursday, November 8
This Session explores the images of the Arab in modern Israeli literature. Arabs have been portrayed in Israeli literature from the very early days of the first Aliya. Their image constantly changing from romantic biblical figures to suspicious enemies and all the way to neighbors and critical witnesses of Israel’s ever changing reality. We will read short excerpts from works by: David Grossman, A.B. Jushua, Savyon Liebrecht and others.
w/ Guest Scholar Rachel Korazim
Learning with Chaya Gilboa
Tuesday, February 19
w/ Guest Scholar Chaya Gilboa
Shabbat + Learning with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Friday, March 15 [no RSVP required]
Saturday, March 16 - Shabbat AM
Saturday, March 16 - Shabbat Afternoon/Evening
w/ Guest Scholar Bradley Artson
Learning with Tomer Perisco
Tuesday, May 7
w/ Guest Scholar Tomer Perisco
Mind-blowing Torah with Aviva Zornberg
This is an incredible opportunity for Kitchen members to learn with one of the foremost Bible scholars in the world, Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg (bio here). We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome her back for an intense look at some of the key stories from Genesis and Exodus.
This 3-day seminar is free, exclusively for members of The Kitchen. We do ask, however, that participants make every attempt to be present at all of the sessions (yes, you'll need/want to take the day off work) in order to fully avail themselves of Dr. Zornberg's teachings.
Tuesday, May 14
7:00 PM: Large Kitchen community lecture. If you are not a Kitchen member, but would like to be put on the waitlist for a seat to this event, please email Mara.
Wednesday, May 15
10:00 AM- 7:00 PM. Please check back for schedule.
Thursday, May 16
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Please check back for schedule.
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.
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 Aviva 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.
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.