Rabbi Samuel Chiel Kallah
December 7 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Scholar in Residence
Rabbi Dr. Brad Artson
Jewish Wisdom for Better Living
Join us for a Shabbat full of learning!
Talmud Class, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Acquiring Torah: The Story of Rabbi Akiva
Shabbat Sermon, 9:30 am
Judaism as World Wisdom
Post-Kiddush talk, ~12:45 pm
Almighty? No Way! Embracing the God We Actually Love
Sponsored by the Ruth and Ron Silberstein Lecture Fund and the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Kallah Fund
Kallah Co-Chairs: Joan and Joe Ackerstein
The annual Rabbi Samuel Chiel Kallah is a stimulating weekend of prayer, study, and good fellowship that finds its roots in the Talmudic period, when thousands of Jews flocked to the great academies of Babylonia to hear lectures by the scholar Rav.
Our Kallah, named in 1978 as a tribute to the values taught by our Rav, Rabbi Samuel Chiel z”l, offers each of us the modern equivalent of this Talmudic institution.
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 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, 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.
Rabbi Samuel Chiel (z”l) served as spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel from 1968 through 1996; leading Temple Emanuel to the position of one of the top Conservative congregations in the country. He heightened the synagogue’s spirit of creativity and innovation, developing many exciting and meaningful new programs and activities. The Israel concerns committee, the annual Kallah, the Havurot, the Hebrew literacy program, the adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, the annual Holocaust Memorial Service, the contemporary Rosh Hashanah service, the Stars of David social club and our Social Action committee were just a few of his marks left on the community.