Kallah


Temple Reyim led the region in establishing its annual Kallah weekend of learning and tefilla in 1969. Each year, through lectures and discussion, an outstanding scholar leads study during and after Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services and a Sunday morning community gathering. In 47 Kallah weekends, we have studied: core Jewish texts – Bible, Talmud, Midrash; ancient, medieval and modern history, including Zionism; philosophy; liturgy and the meaning of prayer; Shabbat and holidays; literature; ethics; music; and sociology. We have learned with great teachers from universities and rabbinical seminaries.

The Kallah re-lives a very longstanding tradition of twice-yearly open assemblies for study with scholars of the academies in ancient Babylon. The Temple Reyim Kallah is named for Rabbi Philip Kieval, who founded it with initial support from Saul and Harriet Goldweitz, in memory of Saul’s mother Gussie Goldweitz.

The first Reyim Kallah scholar was Professor Robert Chazan, a historian then at the University of Cincinnati, whose subject was “Jewish Christian Relationships From the Past To The Present”.


Kallah Speakers and Topics

Year Speaker Institution Topic
1969 Robert Chazan University of Cincinnati Jewish Christian Relationships the Past To The Present
1970 Gerson Cohen Columbia University Dissidence and Revolt Against the Jewish Establishment Ancient and Modern Times
1971 Trude Weiss-Rosmarin The Jewish Spectator What Can a Modern Jew Believe
1972 Yochanan Muffs Jewish Theological Seminary The Humanity of God: The Psychology of the Prophet
1973 Avraham Holtz Jewish Theological Seminary The Modern Jew Searches for His Identity
1974 Gershon Winer Resident in Israel Our Jewish World: The Message in the Media
1975 Jakob Petuchowski Hebrew Union College The Dynamics of Our Jewish Heritage
1976 Ismar Schorsch Jewish Theological Seminary A Study of Jewish Political Strategy Through the Ages
1977 Charles Liebman Bar-Ilan Univ., J.T.S. The Development of the American Jewish Synagogue
1978 Fritz Rothschild Jewish Theological Seminary God, Man and Judaism - Their Meaning for Our Life
1979 Seymour Siegel Jewish Theological Seminary Today's Challenges to Jewish Law: The Conservative Response
1980 David Sidorsky Columbia University Revolt and Continuity in Jewish Thought
1981 Emanuel Goldsmith Univ. of Connecticut The Heritage of Yiddish Culture
1982 Steven Katz Dartmouth College Varieties of Jewish Religious Experience in the Second Temple Period
1983 Ronald Brauner Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Conflict and Accord - Making It in the Modern World
1984 Jules Harlow Jewish Theological Seminary What's so Conservative About Prayer?
1985 Burton Visotzky Jewish Theological Seminary Exodus Revisited: History, Legend and Lore
1986 Howard Sachar George Washington Univ. A Journey Through Modern Jewish Experience
1987 Reuven Kimelman Brandeis University, CLAL Changing Images of the Jew - Will Our Grandchildren be Jewish?
1988 Leonid Feldman CLAL, Wexner Heritage Fndn Why be Jewish? An Odyssey from Communism to Judaism
1989 Morton Leifman Jewish Theological Seminary Exploring Judaism Through Words and Song
1990 Isaiah Gafni Hebrew University, Jerusalem The Jew and His World: Family Ties, Community & Social Confrontations
1991 Hillel Levine Boston University Judaism and the Modern World: Jewish Contributions to the Processes of Modernization
1992 Benjamin Gampel Jewish Theological Seminary From Golden Age to Expulsion: The Saga of Sephardic Jewry
1993 Nehama Aschkenasy Univ. of Connecticut, Stamford Family, Community and Generational Conflicts: A Journey Through Judaic Literature
1994 Joel Roth Jewish Theological Seminary The Centrality of the Talmud
1995 Jack Wertheimer Jewish Theological Seminary Walking the Tightrope: Judaism in Contemporary America
1996 Shaye Cohen Brown University Judaism in the 20/1st Century
1997 Moshe Waldoks Camp Ramah/AviChai foundation The Power of Positive Judaism
1998 Ora Horn Prouser Jewish Theological Seminary Disturbing Biblical Texts
1999 Yosef Abramowitz Jewish Family & Life Magazine Challenges Jews Face: A Journalist's Perspective
1999b Everett Fox Clark University The Bible: New Hearings, New Views
2000 Diane Sharon Jewish Theological Seminary Rivalry in the Bible
2001 Jay Harris Harvard University Is There a Future for Zionism? Should There Be?
2003 Barry Holtz Jewish Theological Seminary Our Living Texts: What We Can Learn Today?

2004 Jonathan Sarna Brandeis University Jews in America: To Bigotry no Sanction; to Persecution no Assistance
2005 Or Rose Hebrew College The God(s) of Judaism: A Historical Journey
2006 Ruth Langer Boston College Talking to G-d: Way Jews Pray

2007 Jacob Meskin Hebrew College The Modern Jew: Visions and Controversies
2008 William Dever University of Arizona, Emeritus Where Did We Come From? Origins of Ancient Israel.
2009 James Loeffler University of Virginia The Most Musical Nation: The Musical Life of Jewish Eastern Europe
2010 Barbara Geller Wellesley College Rabbis, Romans, and the Birth of Christianity
2011 Jane Kanarek Hebrew College Women's Ways to the Rabbinate: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox
2012 Peter Cole, Adina Hoffman MacArthur Fellow; Ibis Editions; Yale Univ; Wesleyan; Ibis Editions Hidden Wisdom, Concealed Treasure: Uncovering the Medieval Jewish World
2013
2014 Arthur Green Hebrew College Rabbinical School Radical Judaism
2015 Ruth W. Messinger American Jewish World Service Repairing the World
2016 Michael A. Grodin Boston University Jewish Bioethics
2017 Steven Whitfield Rutgers University Jews in Popular Culture