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A Life of Godwrestling: Rabbi Arthur Waskow in Conversation with Rabbi Mike Rothbaum

Saturday, March 23, 2019 16 Adar II 5779

6:00 PM - 8:00 PMCBE

Congregation Beth Elohim is honored to welcome Rabbi Arthur Waskow for a night of conversation and dialogue about his lifetime of work revitalizing and inspiring American Jewish culture. CBE’s Rabbi Mike Rothbaum will ask Rabbi Waskow about his decades of teaching and inspiring world Jewry, beginning with his engagement of the American Jewish community in the aftermath of the Holocaust, to his work today facing the modern challenges of climate change, racism, antisemitism, and militarism, utilizing the timeless power of Jewish liturgy, spirituality, social justice, as well as interreligious conversation.

This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Elohim Adult Education and is free and open to all. Please help us accommodate all who would like to attend by registering, below, by March 21 if you plan to join us.

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Named by the United Nations as one of the world’s 40 “Wisdom Keepers”, Rabbi Arthur Waskow (1933–) earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and went on to earn a doctorate in United States history from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. Between 1961 and 1963, he was a senior fellow of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway. In 1963 he brought his work to the newly forming Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where he was a Resident Fellow through 1977. In 1983, Rabbi Waskow founded the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, PA to amplify his Jewish voice and activist spirit within American, Israeli, and world political discourse. He has honed the Center’s focus on a wide spectrum of pressing contemporary issues from Civil Rights, Social Justice, Egalitarianism, nuclear-disarmament, Pacifism, and peace between Israel and Palestine, to Eco-Judaism and the current Climate Crisis.

In 1995, Rabbi Waskow was ordained by a transdenominational Bet Din, consisting of his four primary teachers since 1990; Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a Hassidic Rebbe, Rabbi Max Ticktin a Conservative Rabbi, Rabbi Laura Geller one of the Reform Movement’s first ordained female Rabbis, and Dr. Judith Plaskow, a Jewish, Feminist scholar. Rabbi Waskow has written or edited about 20 books on a broad range of topics within Jewish spirituality and practice.

Over the years, Rabbi Waskow has received many accolades for his combination of scholarship, activism, and spirituality; in addition to his honor from the UN, in 2007 Newsweek named him one of the Fifty Most Influential American Rabbis, and in 2014 T’ruah gave him the first Lifetime Achievement Award, as a Human Rights Hero.

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