The Beutel Seminar For Progressive Jewish Leadership

"Because Jewish Learning is the Key Component of Jewish Leadership"

February 16-26, 2017

The Seminar

The Beutel Seminar is a prestigious ten-day seminar in Jerusalem run by the Anita Saltz International Education Center. The seminar is housed in Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel, the headquarters of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It overlooks the dramatic walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. The seminar offers: the opportunity to study ancient texts and history; discuss current political and social issues; explore spiritual pathways and concepts of Jewish leadership - all within a Progressive Jewish context. Participants must be recommended by their community (i.e., rabbi, Jewish professional and or local lay leader) for their dedication and commitment to their communities (past and future).

Price: $1000 (includes everything but a few meals, limited scholarships are available) plus airfare

For more information Contact the Saltz Education Center at saltz@wupj.org.il

To fill out the application, click here


By meeting and studying with peers from around the world, seminar participants connect with Progressive Jewish communities worldwide, form powerful bonds with the State of Israel and strengthen their own leadership skills as well as Jewish knowledge.

Participants come from communities around the world: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States. 

The Beutel Seminar develops leadership skills, communication skills, Hebrew language skills, cultural diversity training and programmatic skills. The seminar enables participants to increase their knowledge about Israel as a Jewish state and its connection to Jewish history and Judaism. The seminar offers the ability to unlock Israel in a way that enables the participants to find a place for Israel in their own Jewish journeys.

Seminar Follow-Up
The purpose of the Beutel Seminar is to facilitate the active involvement of seminar graduates in the organized Progressive/Reform Jewish community, whether at the local, national or international level. After the seminar, participants return to their communities to take on an appropriate level of leadership responsibility either within their local Progressive Jewish community or within the national or international framework of the World Union.


Beutel Seminar for Progressive Lay-Leadership Itinerary

Day 1 

17.45   Meet in the Beit Shmuel hotel lobby

18.00   Dinner at Beit Shmuel

19.00   Welcome program: Aims, Goals, Ice breakers and Group Work

With Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon



Day 2 

07:30   Breakfast

08.30   Tfilot With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

10.00   Depart Beit Shmuel

10.20   Leadership in Crisis through the ages in Jerusalem With Alexandra Benjamin

14.30   Return to Beit Shmuel

16.15   Depart for Kehilat Kol Haneshema

16:45   Introduction to Kehilat Kol Haneshama

17.15   Kabbalat Shabbat services

18.30   Return to Beit Shmuel

19.00   Shabbat Dinner at Beit Shmuel

20:00   Oneg Shabbat – songs & stories With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon



Day 3 

08:30   Breakfast

09.30   Services at HUC or Synagogue of your choice

12.30   Lunch, at Beit Shmuel

14:00   Leadership 1: Issues in our communities – learning from each other With Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz

16:00   Leadership Issues in Progressive Jewish Communities around the World,” and Havdalah With Paul Liptz and Rabbi Joel Oseran

18:00   Free evening & dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon


Day 4 

07:30   Breakfast

08.00   Tfilot With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

09.00   Depart for Sally Klein-Katz

09.30   Leaders looking at Leadership & Dilemmas With Sally Klein- Katz (including lunch)

14:00   Return to Beit Shmuel


15.00 – 18.30 Leadership 2: Issues in our communities and workshop Part I With Rabbi Steve Burnstein, Part II With Paul Liptz

18:30   Free evening and dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon



Day 5 

07:30   Breakfast

08.30   Tfilot & Balancing innovation and consistency With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

10:30   Building the Reform Movement in Israel With Gilad Kariv

11:30   Difficult Issues in Congregational Life With Rabbi Steve Burnstein & Paul Liptz

12:45   Lunch at Beit Shmuel

14:00   Depart for Mt. Herzl

14:30   Tour of Mt. Herzl: The New Israel: Leadership and Transition With Paul Liptz

16:00   Return to Beit Shmuel

17:00   Leadership 3: Issues in our communities – learning from each other

19:00   Free evening & Dinner on own

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon



 Day 6

 07:00   Breakfast

08.00   Tfilot With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

9:30     Depart Beit Shmuel

            Multiple Narratives of Jerusalem - with MEJDI            

17.00   Unpacking the day with MEJDI guides

18.30   Dinner at Beit Shmuel

19.30   Optional Group Processing Session

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon



Day 7 

07:00   Breakfast

07:30   Depart for Tel Aviv

09:30   Graffiti Tour With Shirel Horowitz

12.00  IMPJ Mechina

13:00   Lunch in Cafateria of Rabin Museum. 

14.00-17:00     Study Tour of the Rabin Museum: Confronting Realities

17.00   Return to Jerusalem

19:00   Dinner on own and free evening

Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon




Day 8 

07:00   Breakfast and vacate rooms

07:30   Travel to Beer Sheva

09.30   Travel to Rahat  Program With Sabrina

10:30   Visit Arab Village – El Arkiv    

11:15   Visit Volunteers Tent in Old City- Beer Sheva

12.45   Lunch en route

13.30   Travel to Kibbutz Yahel

17:30   Rabbi Benjie Gruber – Progressive Judaism in the Arava

19.00   Dinner

21.00   Kumzitz-Campfire (dress warmly)

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel



Day 9 

07:00   Breakfast         

08:00   Tfilot With Rabbi Steve Burnstein       

09.00   Travel to Kibbutz Lotan           

09.15   “Le’ovda u’leshomra” – “To till the Earth and to preserve it”: Ecological projects in Jewish perspective

11:00   “Kehilat Kodesh in the Desert”: Bridging the gap between religiosity and religion

12.30   Lunch in the Kibbutz dining hall

14.00   Return to Yahel – visit Pomellos With Ron Bernstein   

15:00  Israeli Politics with Paul Liptz  

16:30  Break

18.30   Shabbat services with Kibbutz Yahel

19.30   Dinner at Kibbutz Yahel

21.00 Oneg Shabbat run by participants        

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel



Day 10 

08:30   Breakfast

09.30   Tfilot – Building Sacred Community and Holy Space (in the Desert)

12.30   Lunch

15.00   Leadership Issues in our communities – learning from each other – run by participants

17.30   Havdalah

18.30   Dinner 

19.30   Summary program – social piece

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel


Day 11 

07:00   Breakfast

07.30   Tfilot With Rabbi Steve Burnstein

08.15   Closing Session With Rabbi Steve Burnstein & Paul Liptz

10.00  Depart Kibbutz Yahel

12:30   Concluding lunch at Shvil Ha'izim

14.00   Return to Jerusalem


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