Special for Yom Kippur

Headshot of Gail Labovitz
Headshot of Gail Labovitz
Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD

Professor, Rabbinic Studies
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD, is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature and former Chair of the Department of Rabbinics for the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She also enjoys serving as the Ziegler School’s faculty advisor for “InterSem,” a dialogue program for students training for religious leadership at Jewish and Christian seminaries around the Los Angeles area. Dr. Labovitz formerly taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) and the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. Prior to joining the faculty at AJU, Dr. Labovitz worked as the Senior Research Analyst in Judaism for the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University, and as the Coordinator for the Jewish Women’s Research Group, a project of the Women’s Studies Program at JTS. Rabbi Labovitz is also preparing a teshuva (rabbinic responsum) for consideration by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly on whether a person who is unable to fast for medical reasons may nonetheless serve as a leader of communal prayer on Yom Kippur.

posted on October 9, 2011
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Dear Friends,

We now find ourselves completely enmeshed in the Aseret Y'mei Teshuvah, The 10 Days of Repentance. These sacred days leading up to Yom Kippur encourage us to look deeply at our lives, our actions, and our dreams for the future. No problem, right? We thought we would offer some help in directing you to a few of the major things worth thinking about this year. 

Below you'll find our latest DVD, Choose Life IV: Holy Day Conversations

We've gathered some of Judaism's most provocative and compelling voices and asked them to think, openly, about life's most pressing challenges and remarkable gifts. You'll hear Rabbi Cheryl Peretz open the conversation with words of Torah and set the stage for what is to come. Rabbi Peretz is followed by a stunning discussion about what one generation passes to the another, with Rabbi Brad Artson, Rabbi Ed Feinstein (Valley Beth Shalom), and Dr. Wendy Mogel (Author of The Blessing of a B Minus). The second panel conversation features moving words on life, death and eternity, from Rabbi Brad Artson, Rabbi David Wolpe (Sinai Temple), and Rabbi Naomi Levy (Nashuva). The DVD closes with Rabbi Artson in conversation about Conservative Judaism with the Executive Vice-President of the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.


At the top of the webpage with the streaming videos there is a link to a PDF source sheet that can enhance your learning experience as you watch the DVD. Enjoy! 

Shanah Tova & G'mar Hatima Tova, The Ziegler School 

DVD generously made possible by Sanford and Phyliss Beim