Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:00pm
About this Event
The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, invites you to this special online forum where members of the Academy family will share their personal experiences of being part of both the Jewish and Black communities. It is co-sponored by the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality.
Taking part in this important discussion are current AJRCA students Jenni Asher (Cantorial) and Avigayil Levy-Yochanan (Rabbinic) and current applicant Robin Harrison (Rabbinic). The panel discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, President of AJRCA and Dean of the Academy’s rabbinic program.
This event is free and open to the public; RSVP is required (click Register button). Registered participants will receive a Zoom videconference link on the day of the event. For further information, please email the Academy at email@example.com.
About the Panelists
Jenni Asher, a current cantorial student, is a professional violinist, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, both in London, England. She is a mixed black and white Jew by choice, and lives in North Hollywood with her husband and their young daughter.
Avigayil Levy-Yochanan, a current rabbinic student, Avigayil is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, and spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Southern California. She has spent her career working as an ICU nurse and she is a strong advocate for the awareness of rare disabilities in children.
Robin Harrison, an applicant to the rabbinic program, is the sixth of seven children raised in Compton, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and has served as a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District for 25 years. Robin and his family have been members of Temple Beth David, in Westminster, for nearly a decade and he has served on the Beth David Board of Directors for the last eight years.
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D., moderator, serves as President of the Academy and Interim Dean of the Rabbinical School. During his presidency, he co-founded AJRCA’s groundbreaking collaborative initiative in interreligious studies with Claremont School of Theology and the Islamic Center of Southern California. Rabbi Gottlieb was ordained at Yeshiva University. He holds a doctorate in Mythology/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has served as an Adjunct Faculty member.