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Rabbinical Kallah
   BUENOS AIRES 2012
   Cip São Paulo 2010
   Campos do Jordão 2007
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Rabbinical Kallah

Meeting of rabbis from the region with an invited Rabbi from Israel, United States or Europe. Study time, exchange of experience and integration among communities through their religious leaders.


Buenos Aires / Argentina – 2012

A Rabbinical Kallah (study conference) was held on August 8th and 9th in Buenos Aires at the NCI Emanu El Community, under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Marmur. The meeting, exclusive for rabbis and rabbinate students, had the doctrine of Abraham Joshua Heschel as its central theme The topics covered were.

"In Search of Heschel: the Contributions of Heschel to Contemporary Judaism"

"Heschel and the Call to Action: The Basis of His Commitment to Social Justice"

"Crossing the River: The Prospects for Reform Judaism in Israel"

"A New Lexicon of Jewish Thought"

Besides studying, the 35 religious leaders present had the opportunity to debate their ideas and fraternize with colleagues from different places in Latin America and from other regions such as Europe and North America.

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Congregação Israelita Paulista / São Paulo – 2010

For the second time, the World Union for Progressive Judaism – Latin America successfully conducted its II Rabbinic Kallah held on November 23rd to the 25th at the headquarters of the Congregação Israelita Paulista (CIP).

The meeting, whose objective is rabbinic study, the exchange of experiences and the reinforcement of pluralist Jewish values, besides integrating the institutions that participated, also counted on the invaluable support of the CIP, the Israeli Federation of São Paulo (FISESP) and the Israeli Confederation of Brazil (CONIB).

As special guest, Rabbi Levi Weiman Kelman, founder of the Kol HaNeshama Congregation and Professor at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, led the study sessions and experienced spiritual moments and reflections with a group of 31 rabbis and religious leaders in from Latin America who participated in the Kallah. Female Rabbis were also present coming from São Paulo and Buenos Aires.

Passages from the Torah and Talmud were studied by the group, as well as new melodies for traditional prayers. A varied program brought very special sessions on subjects such as Jewish spirituality, music, healing and redemption, and many others. In addition there was the exhibition of the documentary "Eyes Wide Open" by Paula Weiman-Kelman.

Also as part of the Kallah program, the Jewish community of São Paulo was able to experience a very special moment on the evening of the 24th, when a meeting was held with the participants of the event. With a format developed by Ari Rehfeld and Sergio Napchan, the audience of 180 people debated together with 31 rabbis and spiritual leaders. In a respectful atmosphere with mutual learning they discussed issues such as the duties of a rabbi, becoming closer to or moving away from Judaism, love versus Jewish continuity, the relationship between the Jewish community in the Diaspora and that in Israel, among others.

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Campos do Jordão / SP – 2007

The World Union for Progressive Judaism/ Latin America has successfully conducted the first Rabbinical Kallah (13 to 16/Nov.) at the Study Camp Fritz Pinkus from Congregação Israelita Paulista in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil.

Within an environment of comradeship and respect, the Rabbinical Kallah, with the participation of 20 progressive and conservative rabbis (from Latin American affiliated congregations to the WUPJ) coming from Argentina, Brazil and Chile, included intense studies, and a strong desire to learn more and discuss themes such as "Who is Jewish, who is not and who is or is not a part of the Jewish community"; "The concept and application of Tikun Olam"; "The reality and the challenges of Progressive Judaism and Israel".

The rabbinical studies, were conducted in Hebrew by Professor and Rabbi David Ariel Yoel, from Louisville, USA, former executive director of the IMPJ – Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. We also had the special participation of Rabbi Joel Oseran, from Israel, vice president of the WUPJ, who is responsible for the international development and programming, and the mentor of this meeting.

Every day, the religious services were conducted by the rabbis of each location.

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