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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield On Constructing A Retreat With A Church

by Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula • August 30, 2018

Brad announces that he will be the “intellectual architect for a retreat sponsored by Trinity Church and Trinity Publishing.”


Rabbi Irwin Kula Reflects On Pluralism After Clal’s Trip To Aspen

by Irwin Kula • August 8, 2018

As America’s polarization grows, Rabbi Irwin Kula reflects on how a recent trip to Aspen with Clal’s board became an opportunity to explore and understand this troubling situation and how to address it.


Foster a culture of innovation in your New York-area synagogue or organization with the SPARK Fellowship

by Elad Nehorai • July 23, 2018

Clal is pleased to announce the second cohort of the SPARK Fellowship to Ignite Organizational Innovation, generously funded by UJA-Federation of New York. SPARK is an 8-month program, running from October through June, aimed at helping synagogues and other community organizations build strong cultures of innovation, with the goal of continually intensifying the participation of existing […]


A Rabbi Visits An Immigrant Detention Center

by Elad Nehorai • July 9, 2018

Two weeks ago, Rabbi Elana Zelony, a Rabbis Without Borders member, visited an immigrant detention center in Texas as part of an interfaith delegation to bear witness to what has been happening at these centers. Here is her testimony.


Rabbis Without Borders Welcomes A New Cohort

by Elad Nehorai • June 20, 2018

Last week, Rabbis Without Borders, Clal’s pluralist rabbinic network, welcomed its new cohort this year at its yearly retreat for first-time members.


What Happens When Rabbis Talk #MeToo?

by Jacob Lieberman • March 12, 2018

A rabbi in attendance at the recent Rabbis Without Borders retreat discusses a powerful moment when the rabbis were forced to face some uncomfortable and painful realities when discussing the #MeToo phenomenon.


A Historic Rabbinic #MeToo Gathering

by Rebecca Sirbu • February 26, 2018

On February 21st, a historic gathering of leaders of all of the denominations of Judaism was convened in the Clal offices to discuss gender issues in the rabbinate which have been brought to the fore from the #MeToo Movement. 


Welcoming Alan Harlam, Director of Spiritual Entrepreneurship

by Clal News • January 22, 2018

We at Clal are absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Harlam as the Director of Spiritual Entrepreneurship, where he joins the “Glean Team” of Elan Babchuck, Irwin Kula, and Adele Anderson in building and supporting the Glean Incubator.


Rebecca Sirbu Gives Benediction to the New Jersey Senate

by Shelli Aderman • January 16, 2018

Rabbi Sirbu was honored to give the Benediction to the NJ State Senate on Jan 9th, 2018. She blessed the gathering with words of wisdom to encourage their dedication as civic leaders.


Rabbis Without Borders Fellowship Applications Are Now Open!

by Shelli Aderman • December 12, 2017

To enter this exciting network of rabbis, directed by Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, we invite you to apply to be an RWB Fellow, with teachers and mentors from the CLAL Faculty. Each year we accept a diverse group of twenty rabbis to form a cohort group.