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Interfaith Friday: Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

Friday, August 07, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, for which he is currently Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature.

Rabbi Seidler-Feller has also been a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, and in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.  He is also a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute North America, and of the Wexner Heritage Foundation.  He was the founding director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals and a founding member of Americans for Peace Now. 

In 2014 Rabbi Seidler-Feller initiated a fact-finding mission for non-Jewish student leaders to Israel and the Palestine Authority, which is now offered on sixty campuses across the country. The International Hillel Center has granted Chaim the Hillel Professional Recognition Award “for blending the love of Jewish tradition with the modern intellectual approach of the university.”

Chaim was a rabbinic consultant to Barbra Streisand during the making of the film Yentl.  He is married to Dr. Doreen Seidler-Feller, a clinical psychologist, and is the father of Shulie, a photojournalist and Shaul, recently ordained and currently serving as a Judaica consultant at Sotheby’s while pursuing a doctorate in Jewish History at the Hebrew University.

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