Everything is God: A Jewish Spiritual Woodstock

at Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St
New York
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Join YIVO, The Forward, Zeek, and over twenty cosponsoring organizations, for a unique evening of discussion, connection, and celebration in honor of the new book by Forward and Zeek columnist Jay Michaelson, Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism.

Learn about new forms of Jewish spirituality & community with Dr. Caryn Aviv (New Jews), Dr. Jonathan Brent (YIVO), Rabbi David Ingber (Romemu), Jay Michaelson, & Rabbi Michael Paley (UJA). This fascinating panel discussion will explore how the generation of the iPod has begun to develop new responses to the crises of modernity and post-modernity. Neo-Hasidic hip-hop, independent prayer groups, the Jewish food movement, eco-kashrut, GLBT/queer Jewish organizations, and “integral Judaism” are some examples of this newest wave of Jewish spiritual reinvention. Are these developments new — or do they replay, in contemporary form, crises in Jewish identity we have seen in the Jewish past? Are they to be welcomed, or feared? This panel is a unique meeting of leading scholars of Jewish culture, and Jewish spiritual leaders. Click here for a detailed description of the panel (pdf).

Connect at a county fair of Jewish innovators including Altshul, AJWS-AVODAH Partnership, Brooklyn Jews, Eden Village, Hasoferet, Hazon, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Isabella Freedman, Jewschool, Kehilat Hadar, Kirtan Rabbi, Kohenet, Kol?Zimrah, Limmud NY, Mechon?Hadar, Mimaamakim, Moishe House, Moving Traditions, Nehirim, Romemu, Shemspeed, Tzeirim@Bnai Jeshurun, & Zeek. Meet the people responsible for this new flowering of Jewish spiritual creativity!

Celebrate with musical performances by Darshan and DJ Dreamkote, a kosher reception and book signing, and poetry by Hasidic slam poet Matthue Roth.

Schedule of Events:

6-7pm Welcome and County Fair

7-8pm Panel Discussion

8-9pm County Fair, Reception and Book Signing

9pm Musical Performance by Darshan

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Dr. Caryn Aviv is the Posen Lecturer in Secular Jewish Culture in the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, where she directs the Certificate Program in Jewish Communal Service and teaches courses about contemporary Jewish communities. Caryn is the co-author of New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora (New York University Press 2005), and Queer Jews (Routledge 2002). She is also the director of research for Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Dr. Jonathan Brent is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Prior to joining YIVO, Brent was editorial director at Yale University Press for eighteen years. Brent is the author of Inside the Stalin Archives and Stalin’s Last Crime among other books, and is currently at work on a biography of Isaac Babel. Among Dr. Brent’s scholarly interests are the manifold ways in which Eastern European Jews responded to the challenges of modernity and secularism.

Rabbi David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of Romemu: Judaism for Mind, Body, and Spirit. Rabbi Ingber has learned at yeshivot from the ultra-orthodox Yeshivat Chaim Berlin to Yeshivat Chovovei Torah, and spent ten years studying yoga, shiatsu, pilates, kung fu, and Tai Chi. David received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 2004 and served as the Rabbi in Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center for two years.

Jay Michaelson is the author of Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism. A recent visiting professor at Boston University Law School, Jay is the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Culture & Spirituality, and a columnist for the Forward, Huffington Post, Zeek, and Tikkun. Previous books include God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice and Another Word for Sky: Poems. Michaelson has taught Jewish mysticism at Yale University and City College of New York, and is completing his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Michael Paley is the scholar in residence and director of the Jewish Resource Center of the UJA-Federation of New York. He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism. Prior to his arrival at UJA, he was a professor of Jewish Studies and dean at Bard College and the vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. For many years, Rabbi Paley served as the university chaplain at Columbia University. Rabbi Paley was the founder and first director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel.