Upcoming Events

Spring 2020

Hillel at UCLA & the Dortort Center Present


* Due to Covid-19, this event has been postponed for the fall *

image from Skylight Theatre

A full length play by Wendy Kout
Directed by Tony Abatemarco, Celia Mandela Rivera
Produced by Gary Grossman, Michael Kearns
Associate Producers: Amy Pelch, Wendy Hammers.
Wendy Kout disturbingly links the past and present to help us understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together.
Adapted from Survivors by Wendy Kout. Commissioned, developed and produced by the Center Stage Theater at the 
Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director.
To hear more about NEVER IS NOW, Click here

Dr. Avivah Zornberg Lecture
The Pit and the Rope: Recovering Joseph

* Due to Covid-19, this lecture has been cancelled * 

$15 for lecture
$25 for dinner
$40 for combo

We will explore the complex history of Joseph, left for dead in a pit, sold as a slave, finally viceroy of Egypt. Consulting midrashic sources and other commentaries, traditional and modern, we will attempt to trace the trajectory of his inner life. Psychoanalytic and literary material will aid us in our quest: What happened to the light in Joseph's face?


AVIVAH GOTTLIEB ZORNBERG is the author of The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis, for which she won the National Jewish Book Award (JPS 1995, paper Schocken 2011), and The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus. (Doubleday 2001, paper Schocken 2011) Her latest book is: Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Hardcover–February 24, 2015).  She was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court.  She studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past thirty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem. Dr. Zornberg holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic, and psychoanalytic settings.


Co-sponsored by: The New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles
Lovingly sponsored in memory of Gloria D. Nimmer

Spirit of Israel Ensemble Residency 

* Due to Covid-19, this event has been postponed for October 2020 *

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Image of Tamir Hendelman from the jewishnews

Pianist-composer and UCLA faculty member Tamir Hendelman leads the Spirit of Israel Ensemble, a quartet/quintet of top Israeli jazz artists/composers from NY and LA who will perform an evening of rhythmical and lyrical jazz interpretations of Israeli music their own original compositions. Inspired by their homeland, the quartet will meld  jazz, world and classical influences into an exciting program of contemporary jazz improvisations.This would include musical workshops, a concert and talk, and interactions with both music and humanities classes, including Professor Uri Dorchin (International Studies; Middle Eastern Studies), who’s expressed interest in a visit to his spring class (M142), during which the ensemble can discuss the influence of Israeli culture on our musical upbringing, and the relationship between communal improvisation in our jazz performance practice and growing up in the melting point that is Israeli society. 
The quartet’s members includes pianist Tamir Hendelman (Jeff Hamilton Trio, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Natalie Cole, 
guitarist Yotam Silberstein (James Moody, Monty Alexander, John Patitucci) 
(Yotam is one of the musicians profiled in the above blog.)
bassist Noam Wiesenberg (Lalah Hathaway, Vince Mendoza, Ari Hoenig)
and drummer Daniel Dor (Billy Harper, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Avishai Cohen).
Possibly also: Shai Golan (tenor/alto saxophonist- Billy Childs, Louis Cole) or Asaf Yuria (Omer Avital, Eddie Henderson.)

Winter 2021

Sunday, February 21st 2021 at 4 pm

Free & open to the public

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Here are some links to a recent performance of the programme:

Shaar Asher Nisgar | Corina Marti, Doron Schleifer

Shokhant Basade | Corina Marti, Doron Schleifer

The Dortort Center is located at Hillel at UCLA, but please take note of off-site event venues. The public is invited to view our exhibits Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm (or at other times by special request) when school is in session.

For questions, please contact Perla Karney at 310-208-3081 x108 or perla@uclahillel.org