Hillel at UCLA will honor Executive Director Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, along with his wife, Dr. Doreen Seidler-Feller, a clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, for 36 years of leadership at the Annual Gala Dinner on May 5th, 2010 in Los Angeles.
The Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA is a spectacular and enduring part of Rabbi Seidler-Feller's legacy. The teacher and spirtiual leader arrived at UCLA Hillel after receiving his rabbinic ordination and master's degree from Yeshiva University in 1971, and after leading Congregation Ahavat Achim in New Bedford, Mass., and the Ohio State University Hillel.
Over the years, the Seidler-Fellers have generously opened their home to thousands of students, faculty and community members, providing a warm and nurturing environment that fosters a sense of family and community.
During his tenure at UCLA, Rabbi Seidler- Feller created the Streisand and Dortort Centers - Cultural Arts Programs to promote Jewish values through the arts. He also founded the Wellworth Minyan - a home-based independent prayer group comprised of students, faculty and community members.
He has passionately devoted himself to teaching: Talmud in the Law School, Torah to the faculty, Kabbalah and Chasidism at the University of Judaism, and the Sociology of the American Jewish Experience at UCLA. Additionally, he is on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and teaches Jewish studies both at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
Recently, the Seidler-Fellers have developed a joint workshop that proposes to shape a new Jewish sexual ethic.
Additionally, Hillel at UCLA will be presenting their first annual "Honorable Menschen" Award, which will recognize the outstanding contributions of Phylliss and Louis Mann, who met at the very first Hillel located at the University of Illinois in 1947.
For more information, please log on to www.uclahillel.org/annualdinner2010 or call 310-208-3081 x214.