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High Holy Days for the Soul: Tzedakah and Charitable Giving

Thursday, October 5
12:00pm Pacific Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time
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Embrace generosity with Rabbi Noah Farkas and learn why giving Tzedakah is so central to our High Holy Day experience.

Join us for the final installment of our High Holy Days series and discover the power of Tzedakah, charitable giving, with one of America’s most inspiring Rabbis, Rabbi Noah Farkas, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater LA. As we enter a period of reflection, repentance, and renewal, Tzedakah is an important and transformative practice during these sacred days that nurtures our spiritual growth and strengthens our connection to others and the world around us. Rabbi Farkas will offer profound insights into the significance of Tzedakah, while guiding us towards acts of generosity and social responsibility that resonate with the spirit of the High Holy Days.

About High Holy Days for the Soul.

Experience this three-part series highlighting spiritual enlightenment through the High Holy Days with esteemed speakers David Ben Moshe in conversation withBen Harris, editor of My Jewish Learning and AJU’s Rabbi Carrie Vogel in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Rabbi Noah Farkas. Join us as they share their profound wisdom and insights on Teshuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakah, guiding us towards personal growth in the new year and deepening our connection to the divine, our world, and Judaism as a whole.

This series is delivered in partnership with My Jewish Learning.

About My Jewish Learning: My Jewish Learning is the premiere non-denominational Jewish learning site, empowering Jewish discovery for anyone interested in any Jewish topic, text, or tradition. It is published by 70 Faces Media, the largest Jewish digital publisher in North America.

Cost: Free
Guest: Rabbi Noah Farkas

Rabbi Noah Farkas, named one of America’s most inspiring rabbis by The Forward, is the President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater LA. From 2008 to 2021, he led innovative initiatives at Valley Beth Shalom, in the San Fernando Valley. He played a crucial role in rebuilding the Gulf Coast Jewish community after Hurricane Katrina at Congregation Beth Israel in Biloxi, Mississippi. Noah is a proven civic leader, having mobilized a coalition for historic legislation and serving as a United States Navy Reserve chaplain. Noah has founded organizations, trained clergy, and contributed widely published works on millennial engagement, spirituality, and Jewish innovation. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Noah resides in Encino with his wife Sarah and four children.

Host: Rabbi Carrie Vogel

Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, where she oversees the American Jewish University’s new Jewish Learning Experience, providing high school students the opportunity to earn undergraduate college credit for learning which takes place in their home community. Rabbi Vogel received a Master of Arts in Jewish Education, as well as rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College here in Los Angeles, and fulfilled her early childhood units at American Jewish University. Her undergraduate degree is in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati.

Before coming to AJU, she worked for 14 years at Kehillat Israel, in the Pacific Palisades, overseeing all programming for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In that time, she developed a nationally recognized Hebrew program, a unique outdoor education option for religious school and a project-based learning curriculum. She has written on several topics pertaining to Judaism and family life, including adoption, infertility, intentional curriculum design and nontraditional families.