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Why We Need Heschel More Now Than Ever Before

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

Join us for an open discussion of the life and legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel with the faculty of the Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice program.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, October 15
2:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 15 2:00 PM–3:30 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Jason Harris Rabbi Camille Angel Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Rabbi Sheldon Lewis Yosef Rosen


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.


Rabbi Camille Angel

Rabbi Camille AngelRabbi Camille Shira Angel is an award winning innovative, Jewish educator and lifelong student. She received her BA in Philosophy from UCLA, her double MA in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Angel is the 9th generation in her family to become a rabbi, the second generation Reform. She served as spiritual leader of San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav from 2000-2015 and Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side from 1995-2000. Rabbi Angel has written widely on creative liturgy, women and aging, social justice with a focus on LGBTQ ideas and concerns. Her work has been published in Siddur Sha'ar Zahav, the Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Walt Disney/Ideal Books, and most recently from CCAR Press, The Sacred Encounter: Judaism and Sexuality.

Jason Harris

Jason HarrisJason Harris is the Birthright Israel Experience Program Manager at the San Francisco-'based Jewish Community Federation where he oversees Birthright trips, trains staff and develops post-trip opportunities for young professional to engage in Jewish life. Jason holds a BA in International Relations from UC Davis, joint Masters Degree in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University. He wrote his Masters Thesis on the Armenian Genocide and it's connection with the American Jewish community. He also holds a certificate for completing a course in national security studies at National Defense University. Prior to the Federation's Birthright program, Jason worked in the United States Congress as the Legislative Director for Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. Jason also hosts a podcast on Jewish and Israeli history called "Jew Oughta Know", which can be found in the iTunes podcast store.

Rabbi Sheldon Lewis

Sheldon LewisSheldon Lewis was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He was a student of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and has been active in civil and human rights causes ever since. He was very active in the movement to free Soviet Jews.

He served as a US Army chaplain after ordination and spent a year in Vietnam. He is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, which he served for thirty-three years. He was deeply involved in interfaith work to promote pluralism, mutual respect, and common cause; and he has been equally committed to nurturing bonds among the streams of Jewish expression.

He has had an abiding interest in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East as a supporter of the Open House in Ramle, the Al Amal School near Bethlehem, and Rabbis for Human Rights. He is past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, among other positions in the Jewish and interfaith communities. He is the author of Torah of Reconciliation (Gefen, 2012), Bridging Word and World, and Mini Adventures in Jerusalem (both from Hadassah Word Press, 2017). In 2018, he published a sequel: More Mini Adventures in Jerusalem. He is married to Lorri, and they have been blessed with four sons, four daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren.

Yosef Rosen

Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He is currently a Jewish Studies teacher at JCHS of the Bay. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hillsides of the Bay on his bike.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.