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Or Atid Scholar in Residence Weekend

Rabbi Dr. Leila Gal Berner

In February, Or Atid is delighted to invite members of the greater Richmond Jewish community to attend and participate in Or Atid’s Scholar in Residence program.

This special weekend event will be filled with several activities.

It will be hosted at Or Atid on Feb.16-17 and will feature Rabbi Dr. Leila Gal Berner.

Dr. Berner was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1989 and received the honor of a second ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi z”l in 2009.

She is Rabbi emerita of Kol Ami: the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community, and has served congregations in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Berner has taught at Emory and American Universities and Reed and Swarthmore Colleges and currently teaches in the ALEPH Ordination Program. She is the author of Listening to the Heart of Genesis: A Contemplative Path, a new gateway into Torah learning.

On Friday evening Feb. 16, at 5 p.m., Dr. Berner will address “Jews of Spain.” Her lecture will be followed by a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service and a delicious catered dinner.

On Saturday morning Feb. 17, at 10 a.m.,  there will be a special Shabbat service with the D’var Torah given by Dr. Berner. The service will be followed by a Kiddush and lecture with Dr. Berner discussing “Jews in Muslim Spain.”

On Saturday evening Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Dessert Havdalah followed by Dr. Berner giving a lecture on “Jews of Uganda.” Following the lecture, there will be entertainment of “Shirim with Zack Samuels,” an uplifting performance and sing along.

There is no charge to attend the lectures and entertainment, however, donations are certainly appreciated. There is a nominal charge to attend the catered Shabbat dinner.

Please register for each and all events and dinner reservations are required.

For the full schedule visit:

Scholar in Residence Special Weekend Registration – Event – Congregation Or Atid