Rabbi Chaim's 40 Years of Service Featured in Ha'Am
UCLA's Jewish Newsmagazine, Ha'Am, features our Executive Director, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, in their latest issue:
L’Chaim to Rabbi Chaim: Celebrating 40 years of service to Hillel at UCLA
by Moshe Kahn, May 31, 2015, Ha'Am
Some would start a farewell address to Rabbi Chaim in this fashion: “Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller will be retiring this year from his position as Executive Director of the Hillel. As an educator, his greatest achievement lies in the countless students he has taught and inspired. Although he will no longer be present in an authoritative capacity, his impact on our campus will be felt for many years to come. Over his illustrious 40-year career, Rabbi Chaim has overseen the development of a vast network of programs for Jews of all backgrounds. The continuity of these activities is ensured because they have a home in the Yitzchak Rabin Hillel Center — also of his doing. This building sits off the edge of campus but serves as the epicenter of Jewish life here.”
But I know Chaim (he prefers to be called by his first name), and this style doesn’t suit him. Not that any of it is untrue — if anything, it is an understatement. But it’s far too neat to convey Chaim’s unique personality, which is what our campus will sorely miss with his retirement. On the door to Chaim’s office is a quote from Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” To give a sense of what clutters his mind: Chaim’s desk is mostly covered with books.