A Welcome New Look at Tradition Union for Reform Judaisms Kallah Focuses on Teachings of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Reform Jews from across North America will unite in song, prayer, and learning as they honor old and create new traditions this August 1-5 at the beautiful Cal Poly campus in Pomona during the annual Union for Reform Judaism summer Kallah.
I look forward to the Kallah each year, said Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, director of Adult Jewish Learning at the Union. The Kallah is more than a study retreat or musical weekend, it is a time where people come together as a holy community and assist in the transformation of Jewish tradition.
Since 1989, the Union for Reform Judaism has held the summer Kallah the Hebrew word describing a retreat for the purpose of study as a means to provide an opportunity for in-depth study and spiritual rejuvenation. Participants describe Kallah as a meaningful experience, leading participants to more spiritually fulfilling lives throughout the year, and serving as an incubator for new approaches to worship.
The talented faculty members for the Kallah 2007, who will teach text and tradition through Heschels eyes, includes Rabbi Melanie Aron, Dr. Judith Baskin, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Cantor Susan Caro, Dr. Nili Fox, Rabbi-Dr. Elliot Ginsburg, Rabbi Neil Gillman, Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, Rabbi Jan Katzew, Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz, Rabbi Richard Levy, Rabbi Linda Motzkin, Ms. Marilyn Price, Cantor Wally Schachet-Brisken, Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster, Rabbi Elliot Strom.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.