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 Rodef Shalom Congregation, an historic Reform Jewish congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa., presents an interfaith educational opportunity and online course for clergy from all denominations and walks of life in “Preaching for the Modern Era.” 

This Interactive Course Includes: 

  • Live webinar teaching with a Q&A on topics such as preaching women’s voices, pop culture, and poetry with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin.

  • The Practical Preaching Pointers weekly e-mail from Rabbi Salkin to keep you on track throughout the course.

  • Worksheets to accompany each lecture, allowing you to put the practice into motion.

Beginning in September and ending the spring of 2020, this five-session online course will give you the tools needed to continually inspire and engage your congregants in today’s world. 

Continue your education while growing your congregation! 

Early Enrollment Special: $395

Session topics include:

Using popular culture in preaching. November 8, 2019 - American popular culture has its own voice to add to the choir of meaning that we try to create. We will explore three popular artists – Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Janis Ian – to hear their messages for us and our people.

Using poetry in preaching. January 10, 2020 - Some would say that preaching is already poetry, if you are doing it right. We will explore the work of Yehuda Amichai, Admiel Kosman, and Mary Oliver. 

Other preachers you should know. March 20, 2020 - The truth is: We don’t get out that much to hear what others are doing. This is your opportunity. Meet Tom Long, Barbara Brown Taylor, and yes, even David Brooks.

Preaching your environment - the text of your surroundings. May 8, 2020 - How does your geographical and physical environment influence your message – and should it? Does it matter if your worship space is on a busy street, or a country lane, or across from a shopping mall, or in an inner city? You can preach the text. Here is how to preach the context.

Early Enrollment Special: $395


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Enroll and gain the chance to interact directly during live course webinars with internationally known thought leader, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, Senior Rabbi at Temple Solel of Hollywood, Florida, who will offer his insights, guidance, and answer questions along the way. Rabbi Salkin is one of America’s most quoted rabbis, as he has been cited in The New York Times, The New Republic, and USA Today. He has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has spoken in more than a hundred communities, including in Israel, Great Britain, Cuba, and Poland. 

Learn more about Jeffrey Salkin here!


Are there any prerequisites for enrolling?
Nope! Anyone is welcome, regardless of your education or background.

Is this course specifically for rabbis only or is it open to other faiths?
This course is open to anyone, of any faith.

How much time will I need to dedicate to this course?
The more you put into this course, the more you will get out of it! While the live webinars are every two months, the weekly content is easy to digest and meant to help you develop your weekly sermons. You can anticipate to dedicate the same amount of time you dedicate to your weekly sermons or lectures. 

Can multiple people from my synagogue or congregation take this course together?
Yes! We have a special congregation package. It allows up to 5 members under the same congregation or synagogue to take the course. Please e-mail for more information.

If I have further questions, or need assistance, whom should I contact?
If you have any course questions, please e-mail