Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Who is Leading the Jewish Thought Circles
Rabbi Serena Eisenberg is the Northern California Director of the American Jewish Community since February, 2018. Prior to that, she spent ten years as Executive Director of Hillels at Stanford University and Brown University, and on sabbatical in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute. She has taught in a variety of community settings throughout the Bay Area and served congregations in Half Moon Bay CA and Kalispell, Montana. She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2002, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Before entering the rabbinate, she worked as an advocate and child welfare ombudsman in diverse settings such as the Bronx family court, the Alameda County Department of Social Services, and with UNICEF in Gambia, Africa, after earning a JD/MSW from UC Berkeley in 1993. Serena has five sons, and loves hiking and worldwide adventure.
Yosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He is currently a Jewish Studies teacher at JCHS of the Bay. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hillsides of the Bay on his bike.
Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.