May 19, 2014, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Soulful Education: A Voice of Masorti Judaism from Israel. Rabbi Elisha Wolfin was born and raised on a largely English-speaking secular kibbutz in Israel and spent part of his youth in South Africa. After five years as a shaliach for Hillel at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, he became inspired by Conservative Judaism and began his rabbinical training at the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) in Los Angeles. Since receiving his ordination from the Shechter Institute in Israel in December 2001, Rabbi Wolfin has taken on the post of Conservative rabbi for the Lower Galilee region between Hadera and Zichron Ya’akov. He has continued to develop both the holistic Beit Hamidrash and the havurah that he helped establish in Zichron Ya’akov. In the area of Diaspora-Israel relations, he has been working on how to teach Israel in North American congregational schools, a program run by Project Oren at the Oranim Teacher Training College in Israel and supported by the Jewish Agency for Israel.