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Summer Institute: Reform Judaism in the US & Israel

  • Wednesday, July 21
  • 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Join us in person
  • Program Leader: Rabbi Na'ama Dafni Kellen

“A Glance, a Window, and a Mirror”: The New Israeli Reform Siddur
What can the new Reform Israeli Siddur tell us about the Israeli Reform movement? Join us for a seven-part journey into Israeli social changes, liturgical issues, feminism, poetry, and music. Led by Rabbi Na’ama Dafni Kellen, incoming rabbi of Or Hadash and special guests.

Dates: Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Topics by date:
6/16 – Reform Judaism in Israel: Why did we choose the new Siddur as a lens?
6/23 – What’s new (and old) in the siddur? Including guest speaker Prof. Rabbi Dalia Marx, chief editor of the new Siddur.
6/30 – How do speak about God in a super-gendered language? Including guest speaker Anat Hoffman, Executive Director, IRAC and WOW (Women of the Wall)
7/7 – Modern words for ancient feelings: Hebrew Poetry in the Siddur
7/14 – Who is the Israeli Reform Jew? Including guest speaker Rabbi Gabby Dagan, incoming rabbi of Or Hadash
7/21 – The music of the new Siddur. Including guest speaker Shimon Smith, Composer and Cantorial Soloist, The Daniel Centers, TLV
7/28 – “A Glance, a window and a mirror”: What did we learn from the new Siddur?

Registration: This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. For classes that meet for multiple sessions, you only need to register once. You will be able to use the same Zoom link to access each session of the class. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call.

About Summer Institute: Connect with other adult learners and exceptional teachers in an innovative, online program exploring how Judaism touches the heart and fills the soul.

About Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen: Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen was ordained at HUC and holds a B.S.W. in community organization and an M.A. in non-profit management. Over the years Rabbi Dafni-Kellen has filled a number of roles in the Israeli Jewish liberal world, including: National Coordinator of the Young Adult Leadership Forum (the student body of the Israeli Reform Movement); Co-founder and Director of Kehilat Tzedek – a multi-denominational center for social and communal responsibility involving rabbis, lay leaders and professionals from Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox and unaffiliated congregations; and Content Coordinator for the Israeli Reform Movement. She was also involved in editing booklets and websites regarding the Jewish holidays and Jewish community work. She served for the last 9 years as co-rabbi of congregation Ohel Avraham. Rabbi Na’ama is passionate about Torah and Community and has been on the editorial committee of the new Israeli Reform siddur. Rabbi Na’ama sees herself as belonging to two congregations – in Haifa, and in TBE and is very excited to teach again in TBE, even if through Zoom.