“Because Jewish Learning is the Key Component of Jewish Leadership”

February 7-17, 2019

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 Rabbi Steve Burnstein.

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 Jewish Leadership Itinerary – SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Thursday, Day 1

17:00 Seminar Opening – Meeting in Room 301
18:30 Dinner at Beit Shmuel
19:30 Welcome program: Aims, Goals, Ice breakers and Group Work with Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Friday, Day 2

07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
10:00 Depart to Ramle
10:45 Walk though Ramle Shuk
11:30 Lunch at Samir
13:00 Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit Eden Special Needs Center (working with YOZMA)
15:00 Return to Jerusalem – prepare for Shabbat
16:00 Depart for Kehilat Har-El
16:30 Meeting with Cantor, Kabbalat Shabbat
18:30 Return to Beit Shmuel
19:00 Shabbat Dinner at Beit Shmuel
20:00 Oneg Shabbat
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Saturday, Day 3

08:30 Breakfast
09.30 Services at synagogue of your choice
12.30 Lunch at Beit Shmuel
14:00 Neighborhood Walk with Paul Liptz (*weather dependent)
16:30 Issues in Progressive Jewish Communities around the World, with Rabbis Steve Burnstein and Dan Freelander
18:00 Free evening & dinner on own
19:00 Debbie Friedman Memorial Concert
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Sunday, Day 4
07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
09:45 Depart for Mt. Herzl
10:00 Tour of Mt. Herzl Cemetery with Paul Liptz
12:00 Return to Beit Shmuel
12:30 Lunch at Beit Shmuel, Break
14:00 Communications and Engagement: On Being Global and Getting Local with Ziva Rubenstein
15:00 Break
15:30 Lay-Leadership in the Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism with Reuven Marko
16:45 Leadership Session 1 & Processing
19:00 Free evening & dinner on own
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Monday, Day 5

07:00 Breakfast
07:30 Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
08:45 Depart for Sally Klein-Katz
09:00 Looking at Ethical and Ethnic Dilemmas with Sally Klein- Katz
11:30 Lunch at Sally’s
13:15 Return to Beit Shmuel, Break
14:00 Leadership Session 2
16:30 Break
16:45 Progressive Judaism and the Israeli Democracy with Rabbi Noa Sattath
18:15 Free evening & Dinner on own
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Tuesday, Day 6

07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Tfilot with Rabbi Levi Weiman Kelman
10:00 Discussion of role of politics & political action in synagogue life with Rabbi Levi Weiman Kelman
11:00 “What they want, what they need”, engaging young adults with Netzer & TaMaR staff Orit Shoshani, Adi Blum & Rodrigo Baumworczel
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Introduction to the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities with Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, Chair
15:00 Break
15:30 A new holiday in the Jewish Calendar as a representation of a new paradigm in the relationship between Israel and the Jewish World with Rabbi Nir Barkin
16:30 Leadership Session 3 & Processing
18:30 Free evening & Dinner on own
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Wednesday, Day 7

07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Depart for Tel Aviv
10:00 Beit Hatfutsot Tour with Rabbi Steve Burnstein and Paul Liptz
12:00 Lunch at Cafe Aroma
13:45 Depart for BINA
14:30 Welcome to BINA, mifgash with participants and short limud
15:15 Mifgash with Asylum Seeker
16:00 Break & Drive to Neve Sha’anan
16:15 Tour of South Tel Aviv
17:15 Return to Jerusalem
18:30 Dinner on own & free evening
Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Thursday, Day 8

07:00 Breakfast and vacate rooms
07:30 Travel to Beer Sheva
09.30 Meet with Kher Albaz, Director of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development
12:45 Lunch en route – on own
13:30 Travel to Kibbutz Yahel
17:30 Welcome to Yahel – the evolution of Kibbutz
19:00 Dinner at Kibbutz Yahel
21:00 Kumzitz-Campfire (dress warmly)
Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

Friday, Day 9

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Tfilot in the desert
10:10 Travel to Kibbutz Lotan
10:30 “Le’ovda u’leshomra” – “To till the Earth and to preserve it”: Ecological projects in Jewish perspective
12:30 Lunch in the Kibbutz Lotan dining hall
14:00 Return to Yahel
14:30 Visit Yahel Pomello Grove with Ron Bernstein
15:00 Group Session
16:30 Break
18:30 Shabbat services at Kibbutz Yahel
19:30 Dinner at Kibbutz Yahel
21:00 Oneg Shabbat run by participants
Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

Saturday, Day 10
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 Group-led Tfilot – Building Sacred Community and Holy Space (in the Beit Knesset)
12:30 Lunch at Yahel
15:00 Leadership Issues in our communities – learning from each other – run by participants
17:30 Havdalah
18:30 Dinner at Yahel
19:30 Summary program – social piece – run by participants
Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel

Sunday, Conclusion
07:00 Breakfast
07:30 Tfilot
08:15 Closing Session
10:00 Check out & Depart Kibbutz Yahel
12:30 Concluding lunch at Shvil Ha’izim
14:00 Return to Jerusalem
Program Ends