AUGUST 5 SHABBAT NACHAMU CONVERSATION WITH REV. LISA D. JENKINS
Rev. Lisa Jenkins is the tenth Pastor and first female to lead the St. Matthew’s Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York, where her many accomplishments include implementing an AIDS/HIV program in partnership with the New York City Council Faith Based HIV/AIDS Initiative and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of New York City. Rev. Jenkins has taught New Testament Studies and Biblical Exegesis at New York Theological Seminary, and most recently served as an Adjunct Lecturer of Cultural Diversity in the History and Philosophy Department at York College/City University of New York. In addition to her pastoral and academic work, Rev. Jenkins lectures and facilitates workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Balancing Family & Ministry, Single Parenting, Mental Health & the Black Church, Women in Ministry and more. She is the first woman to address the Minister’s Division of the Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention, and to be appointed to the convention’s Pastors Division. In addition, she serves as a 2015-2016 Faith & Justice Fellow for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, in partnership with New York Theological Seminary. Rev. Jenkins sits on the Parent Leadership Council for National Association of African American Children with Learning Differences and is an advocate of both adults & children with ADHD. Rev. Jenkins received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Pace University and attained the degree of Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. She is currently a doctoral student at McCormick Theology Seminary where her focus is African-Centered Religious Thought and Ministry. She believes that ministry must be intricately interwoven with community involvement and that it is impossible to serve God without serving humanity.
AUGUST 25-26 SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE RABBI CHAIM SEIDLER-FELLER
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller was Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA for a fantastic 40 years. He is currently Director Emeritus there and is also the director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature. Chaim is a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is also a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He was a founding member of Americans for Peace Now. The International Hillel Center granted Chaim the Hillel Professional Recognition Award “for blending the love of Jewish tradition with the modern intellectual approach of the university.” Chaim was a rabbinic consultant to Barbra Streisand during the making of the film Yentl.