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The Promise of Judaism: A Dialogue

Monday, October 12, 2009, 7-9 p.m.

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York


Please join us the evening of Monday, October 12 as we explore the question:

What wisdom message does Judaism have to offer to the larger world community?

We will pose this question to Jewish leaders as well as audience members of many faiths as we continue to explore how the Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—nurture a peaceful global society.

If you would like to be with us for this special event it is highly recommended that you reserve your space in advance.
Registration is $20 for the general public and $10 for students under age 25. Limited scholarships are also available.

To register please visit our Online Registration System or call 518-794-8777.

This event will be held at the Abode of the Message, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, New York, in the Meditation Hall. Please arrive early to find parking and find your seat prior to doors closing at 7:05 p.m. The evening will be video and audio-taped, requiring all to be seated and in the dialogue space at the beginning of the program.  Directions to the Abode can be found here:


Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds doctoral degrees in both Jewish studies and divinity. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami currently teaches Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to writing books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler. His most recent books are Recovery, the Sacred Art, and The Angelic Way.

Rabbi David Ingber is the founder and Spiritual Director of Kehilat Romemu, NYC's Transformative Synagogue. An explorer and integrator, Rabbi David has a wide range of experience - from training in the orthodox world to renewal Judaism; from teaching Pilates and Gyrotonics to meditating under the guidance of great Zen teachers. Rabbi David's practices also include tai chi, yoga, and astrology. His inspiration comes from the great Jewish mystics as well as western philosophy. Rabbi David's vision is to bring together all he has learned, renewing his Jewish heritage and revealing a Judaism that is truly Integral.

Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum is a Jewish inspirational speaker and storyteller who specializes in Jewish mysticism and hasidic tales, and also teaches ecumenical courses, such as, “Spiritual Stories from Around the World,” and “Guru, Rebbe, Saint, and Bodhisattva.” He co-taught with Swami Atmarupananda– “Om-Shalom: An Encounter between Judaism and Hinduism”; and engaged in a dialogue with Sheika Fariha Friedrich-- “Sufi-Jewfi: An Encounter between Mystic Judaism and Mystic Islam.” Maggid Yitzhak directs The Jewish Spirit Maggid Training Program. He is the author of ten books on Jewish spirituality, including: The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem TovJewish Spiritual PracticesAn Open Heart: The Mystic Path of Loving PeopleStorytelling and Spirituality in JudaismJewish Tales of Mystic Joy and Jewish Tales of Holy Women.

Rabbi Yaakov Kellman is the Executive Director of JERNY, Jewish Educational Resources of New York, and holds semicha (ordination) from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Prior to joining JERNY, for over two decades Rabbi Kellman served as the Administrator of the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District. Rabbi Kellman is a student of human nature, and an avid organic gardener and cross-country skier.

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also President of the Suluk Academy for esoteric studies. Pir Zia holds a doctoral degree in religion from Duke University, is a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, and is a newly appointed Lindisfarne Fellow.

Deborah Rabia Povich, Seven Pillars' Board Chair, is a seasoned public policy and nonprofit professional, with broad experience in social justice, poverty alleviation, organizational development, communications, and resource development. Currently she co-manages a national initiative designed to strengthen state policies that support the economic advancement of low-income working families. She has been a student of Sufism for over 30 years.  Deborah lives in the mountains of Virginia and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow has recently been in a serious automobile accident and, consequently, he and his wife, Rabbi Phyllis Berman, are no longer able to be part of the dialogue. We send Rabbi Waskow our blessings.


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