Upcoming Events


 WINTER 2017



 SPRING 2017


avivah_gottlieb_zornberg.jpgThe Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Institute for Jewish Learning Presents:

"What if Joseph Hates Us"? Closing the Book

by Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg  

May 10, 2017
Dinner at 6 PM
Lecture at 7:30 PM
Hillel at UCLA

Dinner 6:00 pm & Lecture 7:30 pm - $40.00,

Lecture only - $15.00


Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of The Beginning 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 and the Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Institute for Jewish Learning. 

This program is made possible through a generous gift by Lisa and Alan Stern in memory of their mother Renee Salovesh.




Annual Student Fine Art Show Opening

Thursday May 25
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Annual Student Photo Contest


FALL 2017



"Suddenly, a Knock at the Door" by Robin E. Goldfin, based on stories by Etgar Keret

Monday November 20, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum at UCLA


“I can’t do it like this!” protests the writer EITAN KATZEN to the BEARDED MAN, the SURVEY TAKER and the PIZZA DELIVERY woman who have come knocking at his door.  Brandishing weapons, they make the stakes clear: a story or your life!   So the writer held hostage to these three strange muses begins to weave his tales, played out on the stage by the same characters that are holding him captive.

“Suddenly, a Knock at the Door” is a new play by Robin Goldfin with live instrumental music by Oren Neiman, based on stories by award winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret.  It is a celebration of storytelling and the magic of art—an ensemble piece written for six actors and two musicians playing some thirty different roles.

 Playwright Robin Goldfin has chosen eight stories from the latest critically acclaimed anthology by Etgar Keret to create the comic drama of a modern writer weaving eight extra-ordinary tales in the middle of Tel Aviv.  Here stories are the currency, a matter of life and death.  Here, stories make us real and teach us (with a nod to Scheherazade) how to face the difficulties of life—from the absurd to the unbearable—without resorting to violence or abusing your power.

In “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door,” Mr. Goldfin’s innovative script, Mr. Keret’s unique imagination and Mr. Neiman’s original music combine to bring this play to vibrant life.












6f8625_344bed3b217e448282d8d7b9e6f659d4.jpgOne of Israel's most celebrated writers, Etgar Keret is the author of six collections of stories that have been translated into more than 30 languages. In the U.S., his work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine and The Paris Review.  He has also been a frequent contributor on NPR's This American Life. 




This event is presented by The Dortort Center for Creativity inthe Arts at UCLA Hillel in collaboration with the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. 


bread_and_salt.jpgBread & Salt: The Art of Jewish Food

The Bread & Salt city-wide cultural event will be bringing together numerous Jewish cultural sites throughout Los Angeles to explore contemporary, historic, and ritual aspects of food through exhibitions, symposia, shabbatons, and creative place-making. From farm to table so too from sinai to our synagogues, what we eat and why we eat have impacted our people since the beginning of history. Jews and food encompass everything--from secular to religious culinary rituals, holidays, kashrut, social justice, biblical sacrifice, cultural identity, and both ancient and modern agricultural practices. In creating a city-wide event focused on all aspects of food, the purpose of Bread & Salt is to engage the community in this conversation creating fertile ground to explore the current Jewish foodscape, from multiple access points. Whether they are inspired by color, taste, texture, history, relevance, spirituality, environmentalism, social justice, farming, or locavore or artisanal movements, the presenting artists, educators, and topic experts will keep the participants salivating for more!

Presented by:
American Jewish University (AJU)
Hebrew Union College (HUC)
Jewish Women's Theatre
NUART Pop-Up Exhibitions
USC Israeli Arts & Humanities
USC Hillel
Hillel at UCLA
UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR)




 WINTER 2018


Helene-Berr.jpg"Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life":

An exhibit created by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France

January 2018 (Opening date TBA)
the Dortort Gallery

Free and Open to the Public

This exhibition is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Hélène Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, perceiving the daily experience of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944.

While revealing a true premonition of the inescapable, this subtle testimony is exceptionally poetic, has rare literary qualities, and carries a universal dimension that regards and questions every human being with sincerity. The exhibition however goes beyond the framework of Hélène Berr's journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses largely the persecution of the Jews in France. With the support of photographs archives, films, interactive animations and maps, this exhibition shows how the daily lives of Jews had been impacted by these terrible acts of violence.

This exhibition was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guidance of Mariette Job (niece of Hélène Berr), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.


Co-sponsored by Hillel at UCLA and the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.

 SPRING 2018

Annual Student Photo Contest

Annual Student Fine Art Show

 FALL 2018


image-2.pngArt Opening:

The Space Between Symbols by Corrie Siegel

Opening date TBA
Free and open to the public

An artist, curator and educator, Corrie Siegel is committed to using the arts as a method of personal philosophic exploration as well as a tool for community building.  Siegel’s works often explore identity and experience within a global system of communication. She plays with personal limitations of knowledge and understanding by using highly detailed observation, and involved processes for collecting and rendering her subject matter.  She has exhibited her work throughout the United States as well as internationally. Her projects have been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Mousse Magazine, and Flash Art International.  Siegel is a founding member and co-director of Actual Size, an artist collective and gallery. Actual Size collaborates with established and emerging artists to activate the exhibition space and engage the public.


Artist's Statement: 

The cut paper works that comprise this series are created through overlaying text in a matrix to obscure the original message and reveal a pattern composed of symbols. Intricately detailed, the work is inspired by micrographic art by Hebrew scribes who sculpt, skew and stretch letters to create dynamic and textured compositions. The artist chose to dissect texts written in German including Hitler's "Mein Kampf". Through using the form of a traditional paper-cut, these loaded texts are abstracted and cut into fragile lace.

The paper-cut was once exceedingly common in Ashkenazic-Jewish homes, reaching its height of popularity in the 19th century into the early 20th. Paper-cuts served religious and other ritual needs, such as indicating the direction of prayer, remembering family deaths, holiday decoration, and warding off the evil eve. Artists adapted the cut paper technique that Jewish merchants had met through their travels to the Far East in the 14th century as well as the 17th century German paper-cuts, which were known as Scherenschnitt (scissor-cuts). In 1345, Rabbi Shem-Tov ben Yitzhak ben Ardutiel wrote The War of the Pen Against the Scissors. In this Hebrew text he recounted an occasion in which his inkwell froze on a cold winter’s evening. In order to continue his studies he resorted to cutting the letters out of the paper. 

Created by Hebrew scribes in the late 9th century while transcribing the Masorah, which includes a system of marginal biblical notes that counted and listed textual details, this style of forming minute text into imagery enabled scribes to render images without blatantly violating Jewish law forbidding representation. This art form spread with the Jewish diaspora and evolved within the local cultural milieus. Micrography exemplifies the Jewish tradition of retaining identity while adapting to and affecting the local culture. Micrography also demonstrates the enduring Jewish pursuit of interpreting and navigating their evolving traditions.















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