RABBI CHAIM SEIDLER-FELLER INSTITUTE OF JEWISH LEARNING
Committed to the perpetuation of Jewish learning in the name of Chaim, this new Institute will support educational programming and initiatives within and beyond Hillel’s walls, and in conjunction with partners throughout the UCLA and Los Angeles Jewish communities.
In 2016, in the time immediately after its creation, the Institute hosted several lectures. "Moses Veiled and Unveiled": A Lecture by Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. And "What Is and What is Not Presented in the Post-World War II Section of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw" led by Professor Stanislaw Krajewski.
Please stay connected to our upcoming community events with the Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Institute and Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts HERE. The majority of these events are free and open to the public.
To further support this Institute, please consider making a gift HERE.
L'CHAIM TO CHAIM! SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016
What an experience! A Day of Learning / A Night for Chaim was a day like no other!
These two events were created in honor of Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller on the occasion of his retirement after 40 years as Executive Director of Hillel at UCLA.
The symposium during the day, held at our building on Hilgard, featured noted speakers including:
- Professor David N. Myers
- Rabbi Elliot Dorff
- Rabbi Art Green
- Vice Chancellor Carole Goldberg
- Professor Moshe Halbertal
- Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
- Rabbi Aaron Lerner
- Professor Todd Presner
- Rabbi Laura Geller
- Professor Suzanne Last Stone
- Rabbi Asher Lopatin
- As well as a touching tribute by Chaim's son, Shaul Seidler-Feller.
Later that evening at the Skirball Cultural Center, we honored Chaim at a once-in-a-lifetime gala in Herscher Hall.
The evening was an immense success with 475 guests in attendance, and featured emcee Mayim Bialik, special video tributes, and surprise guests. The event far surpassed its $500,000 fundraising goal - including $50,000 raised that night - which will help support programs in leadership development, Israel advocacy, tikkun olam, and more, as well as establish the new Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Institute of Jewish Learning at UCLA.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this incredible day so wonderful!
WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE PHOTOS AND VIDEO WITH YOU
Gala Photo Gallery - Cocktail Reception and Chaim's Learning Session
Gala Photo Gallery - Dinner and Program
Gala Photo Gallery - Photo Booth in "Chaim's Office"
Tribute Video: TEACHER (with a special message by Barbra Streisand!)
Tribute Video: MENTOR
Tribute Video: LEADER
"VIRTUAL" BOOK OF MEMORIES
Click the image above to view our virtual Book of Memories, which was shown on screen at the gala. A printed, hard cover version with additional memories will be provided to Chaim in Summer 2016. Submissions to the book will be open until April 30, 2016. Please scroll down for more information. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this very special keepsake!
Jewish Journal: Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller’s 40-year legacy at an evolving UCLA
by Jared Sichel
Jewish Journal: Chaim Being Chaim by David Suissa
Jewish Journal: Moving and Shaking by Ryan Torok
For Questions Regarding Sponsorships of the Institute:
Rachael Petru, Director of Development
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* We are pleased that Rabbi Chaim is now our Director Emeritus.