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Religious Activism: Heschel and Social Justice (San Francisco-JCC)

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying.
—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years ago, a young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber to be the co-director of the Central Organization for Adult Jewish Education and Judishces Lehrhaus. Today, we carry on that legacy. 

In honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel's contributions to Jewish learning and the social justice imperative that defines him, Lehrhaus is excited to offer a three-part course exploring this fundamental aspect of Heschel’s life and Judaism. Part one will cover “Foundations.” Part two is “Heschel as Religious Activist.” And part three, “Moral Outrage, War, and Economics.” 

The texts we’ll focus on are Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2011) and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997). We will also read supplementary texts from other writers including Maimonides, Shai Held, Edward K. Kaplan, and Susannah Heschel.

Students may take individual parts, or register for the full series at a reduced rate. Options are available for full-year students to bundle this text course with Talmud Circle or Philosophy Circle: Zohar for a special rate. For more information or to register for two bundled courses, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.


# Sessions
Date & time

Mondays, January 8, 22, 29, February 5
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$75 early registration
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 08 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Camille Angel
Jan 22 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Camille Angel
Jan 29 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Camille Angel
Feb 05 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Camille Angel



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



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.