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Scholar in Residence Weekends Perpetuate Jewish Learning

Exciting Speakers and Topics Combine to Lend Fresh Perspective

There’s nothing like coming to a service at your synagogue, sitting in the same section you always sit and hearing a message from the rabbi you know and trust. Yet there’s also nothing like gaining fresh perspective from someone completely new to you—a scholar in residence—like our synagogue communities have been doing on weekends this winter. A fresh perspective from an outside expert and educator can help congregants see things in new ways, share unique thoughts and experiences, generate intriguing questions and ultimately learn and grow in Judaism. Here’s a look at some of the speakers and topics lending fresh perspective throughout the region:

TECHNOLOGY AND ITORAH: WHERE ARE WE HEADED?

Featuring Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, school rabbi at Milken Community School in Los Angeles, California, instructor in Bible at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, education consultant at Camp Ramah and author

Congregation Or Tzion, Scottsdale, AZ

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52 WEEKS OF MITZVOT: A YEAR OF SOCIAL ACTION AND REPAIRING THE WORLD

Featuring Linda Cohen, author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life

Midbar Kodesh, Henderson, Nevada

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THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF JEWISH LIFE, LEARNING AND ISRAEL ON CAMPUS

Featuring Rabbi Aaron Lerner, who has helped expand Hillel at UCLA’s leadership training program to include approximately 150 student leaders who reach nearly 1,700 Jewish students every year on campus

Kehillat Maarav, Santa Monica, California

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THE JEWISH WORLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY: NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND POTENTIAL THREATS

Featuring Dr. Steven Windmueller, author, professor emeritus at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, California, and fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, California

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