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Recordings of the weekly Friday morning Torah study class at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California as well as other events at K.I. including sermons, classes and public events.Kehillat Israel is an inclusive Jewish synagogue community, which honors diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Grounded in Jewish cultural and religious tradition, and guided by the core Reconstructionist principle to value both the wisdom of the past and the need for evolving belief and practice, KI seeks through prayer, learning and Tikkun Olam to create a sacred space in which its members of all ages may find meaning, purpose and joy.

Latest Episodes

Shemot I 2020: What Does It Mean To "Know"?

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Exodus 1:1-2:25 - Jan. 17, 2020

55 MIN4 d ago
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Shemot I 2020: What Does It Mean To "Know"?

Vayechi I 2020: The Death of Jacob/Israel

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 47:28-48:22 - Jan. 10, 2020

55 MIN1 w ago
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Vayechi I 2020: The Death of Jacob/Israel

Vayigash I 2020: Joseph Reveals Himself

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 44:18-45:27 - Jan. 3, 2020

59 MIN2 w ago
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Vayigash I 2020: Joseph Reveals Himself

Miketz 2019: The Many Masks of Joseph

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 41:1-44:17 - Dec. 27, 2019

58 MIN3 w ago
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Miketz 2019: The Many Masks of Joseph

Vayayshev I 2019: Joseph The Dreamer

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 37:1-36 - Dec. 20, 2019

66 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Vayayshev I 2019: Joseph The Dreamer

Vayishlach: Jacob The Wrestler

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 32:4-33:20 - Dec. 16, 2016

71 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Vayishlach: Jacob The Wrestler

Vayetzei I 2019: Laban, Rachael and Leah - A Tale of Deception

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 29:1-30:13 - Dec. 6, 2019

56 MIN2019 DEC 7
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Vayetzei I 2019: Laban, Rachael and Leah - A Tale of Deception

Does Unconditional Support For Zionism And Israel Still Matter?

Dr. Saba Soomekh, American Jewish Committee–LA, speaking at Kehillat Israel’s annual Israel Matters speaker event on November 19, 2019. The event is introduced and moderated by Rick Entin, past Chair of Israel Matters programming at KI. Dr. Soomekh discusses some of the most pressing issues confronting American Jewish support for Israel including: political divisiveness in America, the rise in Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism, and the changing demographic landscape in Israel. Saba Soomekh, PhD is the Assistant Director of Interreligious and Intercommunity Affairs at American Jewish Committee (“AJC”) -LA and a lecturer at UCLA, where she teaches Religious Studies, Middle Eastern History, and Women’s Studies courses. She received her BA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Soomekh teaches and writes extensively on World Religions, Women and Religion, intersectionality and its impact on the Jewish community, and the geo-politics of the Middle East. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Soomekh was a Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. Professor Soomekh is the editor of the book Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America (Purdue University Press, 2016) and the author of the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture (SUNY Press, 2012). Her book was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Religion category. Besides giving numerous scholarly and public presentations on the Middle East, world religions and women in the developing world, she is also a member of the city of Los Angeles’ Human Resource Commission where she is involved in numerous interfaith and intercultural projects and she is a consultant for numerous schools in Los Angeles focusing on creating honest dialogue about cultural issues. Dr. Soomekh was the Exhibition Coordinator of the exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA entitled: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews. She was a consultant and participant for PBS’ documentary “Iranian Americans,” which aired on PBS on Dec. 18, 2012. She was also featured in an NPR story on Iranian Jews in America, and the Times of Israel wrote a piece on her entitled “Iranian Scholar Breaks Stereotypes While Studying Them”. Rick Entin is a long-time member of Kehillat Israel where he formerly served as a Board Trustee and Chair of its Israel Matters Committee. Rick’s past leadership positions in the Los Angeles community include Chairman of the Board of Hillel 818 and Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He is currently on the LA Leadership Counsel of Birthright. Rick is also a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was recently certified as a facilitator by Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to creating courageous communication across divides. Rick was also recently selected to participate in a two-year Leadership Summit with the Wexner Foundation to explore key challenges facing the North American Jewish Community and the State of Israel.

65 MIN2019 NOV 30
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Does Unconditional Support For Zionism And Israel Still Matter?

The Challenges Facing Israel Today

Larry Greenfield speaking at Kehillat Israel’s annual Israel Matters event on November 19, 2019. In a broad overview of the situation facing Israel today, he discusses Israel's internal situation, the recent attacks on Israel from Gaza, his analysis of Israel's geo-strategic position, and the recent decisions of the Trump administration on the West Bank. Larry Greenfield is a fellow at The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy. He hails from Los Angeles and earned his BA in Political Science at UC Berkeley, graduating in 3 years as Class Speaker. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Larry enlisted and served in the Armed Forces of the United States in Naval Intelligence (Res.). Long active in Jewish life, Larry served as vice president of the L.A. Jewish Community Foundation, and as a Wexner Heritage Foundation fellow. He served as national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and has advised elected officials on U.S. Middle East policy. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Algemeiner, JTA, American Thinker, American Greatness, PJ Media, Flashreport, and Investor’s Business Daily. He is currently a columnist with the Jewish Journal.

18 MIN2019 NOV 30
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The Challenges Facing Israel Today

Toldot I: Jacob, Esau and the Expanding Family

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 25:19-26:22 - Dec. 2, 2016Links:Handout for Toldot Torah Study

66 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Toldot I: Jacob, Esau and the Expanding Family

Latest Episodes

Shemot I 2020: What Does It Mean To "Know"?

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Exodus 1:1-2:25 - Jan. 17, 2020

55 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Shemot I 2020: What Does It Mean To "Know"?

Vayechi I 2020: The Death of Jacob/Israel

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 47:28-48:22 - Jan. 10, 2020

55 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Vayechi I 2020: The Death of Jacob/Israel

Vayigash I 2020: Joseph Reveals Himself

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 44:18-45:27 - Jan. 3, 2020

59 MIN2 w ago
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Vayigash I 2020: Joseph Reveals Himself

Miketz 2019: The Many Masks of Joseph

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - guest teacher Rabbi Emeritus Steven Carr Reuben - Genesis 41:1-44:17 - Dec. 27, 2019

58 MIN3 w ago
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Miketz 2019: The Many Masks of Joseph

Vayayshev I 2019: Joseph The Dreamer

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 37:1-36 - Dec. 20, 2019

66 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Vayayshev I 2019: Joseph The Dreamer

Vayishlach: Jacob The Wrestler

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 32:4-33:20 - Dec. 16, 2016

71 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Vayishlach: Jacob The Wrestler

Vayetzei I 2019: Laban, Rachael and Leah - A Tale of Deception

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 29:1-30:13 - Dec. 6, 2019

56 MIN2019 DEC 7
Comments
Vayetzei I 2019: Laban, Rachael and Leah - A Tale of Deception

Does Unconditional Support For Zionism And Israel Still Matter?

Dr. Saba Soomekh, American Jewish Committee–LA, speaking at Kehillat Israel’s annual Israel Matters speaker event on November 19, 2019. The event is introduced and moderated by Rick Entin, past Chair of Israel Matters programming at KI. Dr. Soomekh discusses some of the most pressing issues confronting American Jewish support for Israel including: political divisiveness in America, the rise in Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism, and the changing demographic landscape in Israel. Saba Soomekh, PhD is the Assistant Director of Interreligious and Intercommunity Affairs at American Jewish Committee (“AJC”) -LA and a lecturer at UCLA, where she teaches Religious Studies, Middle Eastern History, and Women’s Studies courses. She received her BA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Soomekh teaches and writes extensively on World Religions, Women and Religion, intersectionality and its impact on the Jewish community, and the geo-politics of the Middle East. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Soomekh was a Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. Professor Soomekh is the editor of the book Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America (Purdue University Press, 2016) and the author of the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture (SUNY Press, 2012). Her book was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Religion category. Besides giving numerous scholarly and public presentations on the Middle East, world religions and women in the developing world, she is also a member of the city of Los Angeles’ Human Resource Commission where she is involved in numerous interfaith and intercultural projects and she is a consultant for numerous schools in Los Angeles focusing on creating honest dialogue about cultural issues. Dr. Soomekh was the Exhibition Coordinator of the exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA entitled: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews. She was a consultant and participant for PBS’ documentary “Iranian Americans,” which aired on PBS on Dec. 18, 2012. She was also featured in an NPR story on Iranian Jews in America, and the Times of Israel wrote a piece on her entitled “Iranian Scholar Breaks Stereotypes While Studying Them”. Rick Entin is a long-time member of Kehillat Israel where he formerly served as a Board Trustee and Chair of its Israel Matters Committee. Rick’s past leadership positions in the Los Angeles community include Chairman of the Board of Hillel 818 and Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He is currently on the LA Leadership Counsel of Birthright. Rick is also a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was recently certified as a facilitator by Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to creating courageous communication across divides. Rick was also recently selected to participate in a two-year Leadership Summit with the Wexner Foundation to explore key challenges facing the North American Jewish Community and the State of Israel.

65 MIN2019 NOV 30
Comments
Does Unconditional Support For Zionism And Israel Still Matter?

The Challenges Facing Israel Today

Larry Greenfield speaking at Kehillat Israel’s annual Israel Matters event on November 19, 2019. In a broad overview of the situation facing Israel today, he discusses Israel's internal situation, the recent attacks on Israel from Gaza, his analysis of Israel's geo-strategic position, and the recent decisions of the Trump administration on the West Bank. Larry Greenfield is a fellow at The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy. He hails from Los Angeles and earned his BA in Political Science at UC Berkeley, graduating in 3 years as Class Speaker. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Larry enlisted and served in the Armed Forces of the United States in Naval Intelligence (Res.). Long active in Jewish life, Larry served as vice president of the L.A. Jewish Community Foundation, and as a Wexner Heritage Foundation fellow. He served as national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and has advised elected officials on U.S. Middle East policy. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Algemeiner, JTA, American Thinker, American Greatness, PJ Media, Flashreport, and Investor’s Business Daily. He is currently a columnist with the Jewish Journal.

18 MIN2019 NOV 30
Comments
The Challenges Facing Israel Today

Toldot I: Jacob, Esau and the Expanding Family

Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Genesis 25:19-26:22 - Dec. 2, 2016Links:Handout for Toldot Torah Study

66 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Toldot I: Jacob, Esau and the Expanding Family
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