Symposium: A Day of Learning

Please join us for a special symposium at Hillel at UCLA



A Day of Learning

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 10:30am – 2:00pm
at Hillel at UCLA

This special conference in honor of Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller will feature talks by key figures in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, 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

Topics will include The Place of Tradition in Contemporary Judaism, and The Jewish Future in America and Israel, as well as some friendly tributes to Rabbi Chaim by his colleagues.

This event is free and open to the public.  A complimentary light lunch will be provided.




Schedule of Program

10:30am - Welcome

Introduction by Rabbi Aaron Lerner and Professor David Myers

Opening Remarks by Professor Todd Presner

10:45am - Panel #1: The Place of Tradition in Contemporary Jewish Life

Rabbi Art Green and Rabbi Elliot Dorff discuss the law and tradition in contemporary Jewish life with moderator Rabbi Laura Geller

11:45am - Complimentary Light Lunch

A light buffet will be served in Gindi Hall on the second floor. You are welcome to eat and chat in any public space in our building. Please note that there are only 45 minutes for lunch.

12:30pm - Personal Tribute

Shaul Seidler-Feller, Chaim’s son

12:40pm - Panel #2: Considering Israel’s Future: A Conversation

Professor Suzanne Last Stone, Professor Moshe Halbertal, and Rabbi Asher Lopatin will discuss the future of Israel and American Jews’ relationship to it with moderator Professor David N. Myers

1:40pm - Closing Remarks

Remarks by Vice Chancellor Carole Goldberg

Summation by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

2:00pm - End



Chaired by Rabbi Aaron Lerner and Professor David Myers. Sponsored by Hillel at UCLA and the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies; Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of History.

For questions, please contact / 310-208-3081 x214

We hope to see you at the symposium, as well as our gala event at the Skirball Cultural Center that evening.

For more information about the events in honor of Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller's retirement after 40 years as Executive Director of Hillel at UCLA, please visit

Thank you!