Kehillat Israel Podcasts

Torah study, sermons and seminars on Jewish topics presented at Kehillat Israel, the largest Reconstructionist congregation in the world.

About the show

Recordings of the weekly Friday morning Torah study class at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California as well as other events at K.I. including sermons, classes and public events.

Kehillat Israel is an inclusive Jewish synagogue community, which honors diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Grounded in Jewish cultural and religious tradition, and guided by the core Reconstructionist principle to value both the wisdom of the past and the need for evolving belief and practice, KI seeks through prayer, learning and Tikkun Olam to create a sacred space in which its members of all ages may find meaning, purpose and joy.

Episodes

  • Bamidbar I: We All Count

    May 22nd, 2020  |  57 mins 26 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Numbers 1:1-54 - May 22, 2020.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Behar I: Is Anything Ours?

    May 15th, 2020  |  51 mins 42 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 25:1-38 - May 15, 2020.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Hartman Study Class 5: Thoughts on the Jewish Community - Together Apart And Alone In Our Time

    May 13th, 2020  |  59 mins 46 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein shares more insights from her study as part of the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative at The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. This class is based on a recent lecture by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman President of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct her classes via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person. She conducted this class on May 13, 2020.

  • Emor I: Finding Fire On The Altar Of The Heart

    May 8th, 2020  |  54 mins 36 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 21:1-22:16 - May 8, 2020.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Acharei Mot I: The Roots of Yom Kippur - Can We Start Over?

    May 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 16:1-17:7 - May 1, 2020.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Hartman Study Class 4: How Firm are Truth's Legs?

    April 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein shares more insights from her study as part of the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative at The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. This class is based on a lecture by Rabbi Gordon Tucker in which he discussed the nature of truth in the Jewish tradition and how it relates to our situation today.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct her classes via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person. She conducted this class on April 29, 2020.

  • Tazria I: The Torah And Today's Quarantine

    April 24th, 2020  |  56 mins 27 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 12:1-13:39 - April 24, 2020.

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Shemini I: Pushing The Boundaries Of Intimacy With The Divine

    April 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 9:1-10:11 - April 17, 2020. Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Pesach 2020: Moses Seeks God's Presence

    April 10th, 2020  |  49 mins 56 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Exodus 33:12-34:26 - April 10, 2020. Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Passover In Quarantine - Then And Now

    April 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein teaches about the very first Passover as recounted in the Torah. It took place the night before liberation from Egypt. Just like today, Jews were in quarantine. Rabbi Bernstein asks: how can our history inform and deepen our Passover experience at this difficult time?

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct classes via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person. The class took place on April 1, 2020.

  • Tzav I: Keeping The Fire Burning

    April 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 6:1-7:10 - April 3, 2020. Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Vayikra I: Getting Closer To God

    March 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Leviticus 1:1-2:16 - March 31, 2017

  • Hartman Study Class 3: Identity Politics - American Jews Between Power and Vulnerability

    March 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein shares more insights from her study as part of the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative at The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. This class is based on a lecture by Mijal Bitton PhD in which she discussed many of the challenges facing American Jews today including whether the U.S. is "The Promised Land" for Jews. Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct her classes via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person. She conducted this class on March 25, 2020.

  • Vayakhel I: Building Community At A Time of Crisis

    March 20th, 2020  |  56 mins 57 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Exodus 35:1-37:16 - March 20, 2020. Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the guidelines of the State of California, it was not possible for the class to meet with Rabbi Bernstein at Kehillat Israel. So she conducted the class on the internet via Zoom with the students paticipating from their homes. Rabbi Bernstein will continue to conduct the class via Zoom until it is possible to once again get together in person.

  • Ki Tisa I: The Power of Building Together

    March 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Exodus 30:11-31:17

  • Tetzaveh I: An Adult Understanding of Purim

    March 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 secs

    Rabbi Amy Bernstein's weekly Torah study class - Exodus 27:20-28:30 - March 6, 2020