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Wisdom Around the World

Year Long Series Starting January 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Wisdom from Around the World -
Directly into Your Living Room

There are so many teachers scattered throughout the world from whom we might learn wisdom, inspiration and Torah imagined as broadly as possible. In our new virtual existence, these teachers are as close as our screens. For the next year, BHC will bring thinkers from the corners of the globe to teach us about life, Judaism, and the world.

Find our archives from past sessions here.

Look for updates on future teachers and discussions here and on our Monday and Briefly emails. 

Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Rebroadcast at 7:30 pm


April 15
Cantor Evan Kent – Jerusalem, Israel
“Music for Yom HaAtzmaut”

In July 2013, Evan moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem where he currently lives with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor. Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan also received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.


April 22
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell – Philadelphia, PA
“Earth Day 2021/5781: One Jewish Response”

Join Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell for a deep dive into sacred sources of guidance and support as we face the global climate crisis that threatens the future of our precious planet.
Together we will discover some of our tradition's rich legacy of tools for resilience in words and song, focusing and re-energizing us for action and engagement. 


April 29
Marc Dollinger – San Francisco, CA
“Jews and Civil Rights Movement”

Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.
He has served as research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, where he coordinated the program in Jewish Studies.


May 6
Ellen Masud-Karmiel – Israel
“Reiki in Israel”

Details coming soon.


May 13
Rabbi Ariel Kleiner – São Paulo, Brazil
“Optimism and Judaism”

I am passionate about helping people and organizations to view from different perspectives, to be able to go from where you are to where you want to be.


May 20
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appel – Camp Ramah in Canada or Deereville, Illinois

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell is a Program Director and teacher of Jewish mindfulness for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Jordan was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2008, after which he served as a congregational rabbi and began interning with the Institute. Prior to pursuing his rabbinical studies, Jordan studied Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, spent several months at Zen centers in California and France, led spiritually engaged Jewish backpacking trips, worked at a number of Jewish summer camps and studied Jewish text at yeshivot in Jerusalem. Jordan is a founder of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago, now a part of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning.


May 27
Rabbi Neal Gold –
“Jerusalem of Gold”

Rabbi Neal Gold teaches and writes about Jewish texts, Israel, and intersections between Jewish life and the contemporary world. He is also a student, recently completing an MA in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
Neal is a lecturer for Me'ah through Hebrew College, courses of study that empower adults to understand Judaism on a deeper level.  He is  the Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and the President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis. He has served as the national Director of Program & Content for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. For over 18 years he led congregations in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He received smicha from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and graduated Colgate University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion.


June 3
Yael Rockman – Jerusalem

Attorney Yael Rockman is the Executive Director of Kolech.  Yael has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and in Law from Bar Ilan University.  She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Gender Studies also at Bar Ilan.  She was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 2004.  Yael is an Orthodox feminist activist. In 2002 Yael began working at Yad LaIsha and then in 2005 was a partner in the establishment of the Center for Woman’s Justice.  In both roles Yael was active in defending the rights of Jewish woman denied their Get (religious divorce) by recalcitrant husbands.  In 2014 Yael joined the Board of Kolech and in 2015 she was appointed the organization’s Executive Director.


June 11
Galit Dadoun-Cohen - Morristown, NJ
“If I forget thee O Jerusalem - Exploring the question of the Jewish homeland in our texts”

Description coming soon.


June 17
Pnina Pfeuffer – Jerusalem

A Jerusalemite and mother of two, for several years Pnina has been active in both municipal and national politics and initiatives. Growing up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem, from a young age she felt a deep curiosity about different cultures and communities. Pnina’s life took her on it's journey of education (she holds a B.A. in liberal arts and an M.Sc. in organizational behavior), marriage, work, and small children. Her life changed course after her divorce, and she opted to move to the mixed neighborhood of Nachlaot and began her involvement in the Labor party. Pnina is the founding member of the ultra-Orthodox chapter of the Labor party in the Jerusalem area.


June 24
Susan Silverman –

Description coming soon.


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