Made possible through the
generous support of


Doreen Seidler-Feller

Doreen Seidler-Feller has been a clinical psychologist in private practice of couples, sex and individual therapy for 30 years. She teaches courses on Doctoring at the UCLA medical school and on Human Sexuality at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry.

Shaping A New Jewish Sexual Ethic

Chaim Seidler-Feller, Doreen Seidler-Feller

Identity and Responsibility

Classical Jewish teachings regarding sexuality (homosexuality, pre-marital sex…) generate increasing individual conflicts and social consequences that demand our attention. As long as these tensions are not addressed, community members are confronted with a choice between all of the restrictions of the tradition on the one hand and the permissive orientation of contemporary culture on the other. This seminar intends to step into that breach by proposing a contemporary sexual ethic that maintains fidelity to the values of the tradition while promoting a more modern and discerning practice.

"A Decade at Bernie's": The Ethical Crisis in Contemporary Jewish Life

Blu Greenberg, Yitz Greenberg, Chaim Seidler-Feller, Doreen Seidler-Feller

Identity and Responsibility

From Agriprocessors to Madoff to Tropper, ethical misconduct appears to be rampant in contemporary Jewish life. Is there an ethical crisis? What are its causes? Join panelists Blu and Yitz Greenberg and Doreen and Chaim Seidler-Feller for a discussion about what can be done to reassert the centrality of ethics in our lives.

Relationships and Sexuality in a Consumerist Culture:

Creating a Contemporary Jewish Sexual Ethic

Global History and Culture, Identity and Responsibility, Teen Approved

How do we reconcile needs for eroticism, intimacy, independence, and dependence? And how can these psychological needs be fulfilled in consumerist environments skeptical about long term relationships? This workshop will consider dilemmas for young adults as they negotiate meaningful relationships. We will also consider conflicts for middle-aged and older men and women. We will explore the teachings of contemporary psychology alongside the Jewish ethical tradition regarding intimate relationships for couples of any age.