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The story of one man’s spiritual awakening in India.
Hosted by Rabbi David J. Cooper with Special Guest Rabbi Diane Elliot
We are delighted to present “The Jew in the Lotus,” a chronicle of author Rodger Kamenetz’ journey to India with a group of rabbis to meet with the Dalai Lama — an intense personal journey that ultimately led Kamenetz back to his Jewish roots.
In the early 1990’s, Rabbi David J. Cooper organized poetry readings for Rodger Kamenetz, and later his Bay Area reading of Stalking Elijah. Rabbi David will speak about his experiences with Rodger, a self-described representative of a generation that was turned off to Judaism by the post-WWII suburbanization of Jewish communal life. Through this remarkable journey, Kamenetz began to make his way back to Judaism though his exposure to Jewish Renewal and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Following the film, Rabbi Diane Elliot — a member of the “Roger Kamenetz generation,” long-time Vipassana practitioner, and friend and colleague of a number of “JewBu” priests and teachers — will speak about her own distancing from Jewish practice and community, and the yearning that called her to the co-creation of a Judaism that invites active participation with our spirits, voices, hearts and minds — our full being. In addition she will field questions and comments from the audience.
Popcorn provided! Reception with yummy treats for sale following the film.
Location: In the Sanctuary
Cost: $18 All-Series Pass to “Jewish Film @Kehilla” (Three Films): $48
TO ORDER TICKETS:
(Please note that there will be no hard copy tickets mailed to you. Your name will be at the door.)
If you prefer, you may send a check, payable to Kehilla, to Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94610, and indicate which film(s) you are purchasing tickets for.
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.