Mysticism & Meditation: The meeting of east & west
On the evening of Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society and the APABA-MD will be holding a joint program discussing ethical issues in Buddhism, Eastern Mysticism and The Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism). The program will feature discussions by Emily Sigalow, Ph.D. and Rabbi Ben Shalva.
Dr. Sigalow is a sociologist whose work focuses on American religion with a specific emphasis on the social scientific study of contemporary Jewish life. She is just finishing a book project about the historical and contemporary encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America. This book entitled, American JUBU: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change in the United States explains how Judaism and Buddhism met, combined, and changed in relation to each other in America since 1893. She has been an instructor on the Old Testament at the Department of Religion of Wesleyan University and on Mapping Jewish Identities in America at the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. She has worked collaboratively at The Pluralism Project at Harvard University.
Rabbi Shalva has served as Rabbinic Advisor for the Harvard University Hillel, Assistant Rabbi for Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, Virginia and Senior Rabbi for Temple Reyim in Newton, Massachusetts. He also served as a Rabbinic Chaplain for Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City and the Nashua Street Jail in Boston. He a teacher of Mindfulness meditation and Jewish meditation. At age 18, he began a practice of Zen Buddhist meditation and enjoys facilitating meditation groups in synagogues, yoga studios, hospitals and prisons, including Take Five Meditation in Washington D.C., the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, and the Soul Center of Baltimore. He has also created a Yoga & Kabbalah Workshop, which he offers at yoga studios and synagogues throughout the United States.
The program will commence at 5:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Atrium of the North Tower of the Montgomery County Circuit Court with Kosher Chinese appetizers for Holy Chow! of Silver Spring and Indian appetizers from Bombay Bistro of Rockville. The speakers will commence at 6:00 p.m. in the Law Library. Rabbi Shalva will provide a brief meditation session to finish the evening's festivities. Click here for the flyer and RSVP information.
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