40th Anniversary Forum: A Conversation with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

February 27, 2023, 7:00 pm

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The State of the Conservative Movement and the Rabbinate and its Leadership.

Rabbi Bradley Artson, Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School, graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1981 with a B.A. in History and Literature. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Jewish Studies in 1988, and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters in 2010 from Hebrew Union College, Magnin School of Graduate Studies. Following ordination in 1988, Rabbi Artson led a congregation in Mission Viejo, which he helped grow from 200 to 600 family units. In 1998 he moved to L.A. as the Executive Vice President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

In 1999, a year after the Ziegler School was established as an ordaining seminary, Rabbi Artson became the Dean of the Rabbinical School. The proposition was irresistible and has allowed Rabbi Artson to serve as one of the leaders of Conservative Judaism, and to show his love for rabbis and rabbinical students.

Rabbi Artson is the author of seven books. His most recent is, The Gift of Soul: Spiritual Resources for Leadership & Mentoring.

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Sponsored by the Eilian Family in memory of Pierre Eilian and in honor of Rabbi Siegel’s 40th Anniversary.

Here is an opinion piece written by Rabbi Arthur Green, a great scholar and the founder of Rabbinical School at Hebrew College.  His critique of the Ziegler curriculum is worthy of note, and I will certainly engage with Rabbi Artson on some of his points.