“Two Paths to Awakening” with Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Sylvia Boorstein & Naomi Newman: Saturday, November 3, 7pm (Doors open 6:30)


Join us for a rare evening of conversation with three beloved scholars and teachers. Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein and theater artist Naomi Newman will explore Buddhist and Jewish paths toward finding the wisdom to live with integrity and compassion in an uncertain world. 

Each will discuss and reveal a personal definition of spiritual awakening, how they chose the practices that are now central to their lives, and what influences brought them to the present moment. They will share something of the tools they use personally to nurture their own spiritual lives. They will look at questions of identity — are you a Jew and a Buddhist, or a Buddhist and a Jew? And what is identity, anyway?

The evening will also include singing, storytelling and a Havdalah ritual – which, if you’ve never experienced it, is the Jewish way to separate the Sabbath from the rest of the week. You’ll leave refreshed, inspired, and maybe…even… on your own path to awakening.


A Fundraiser for the Kehilla Sage Fund

Location:  In the Sanctuary at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont.

Cost:  Sliding scale:  $36-18.  Adults under 30: $12.

Tickets available online now.


Rabbi Burt Jacobson studied with Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He is the Founding Rabbi of Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, California. He has been a student of the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, for almost 40 years, and is completing a book about this great master.


Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching since 1985 and teaches both vipassana and metta meditation. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother who is particularly interested in seeing daily life as a practice. Her books include It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness; and Happiness Is An Inside Job.


Naomi Newman co-founded A Traveling Jewish Theatre, after many years of work as a concert singer, television actor, improvisational theater director, and psychotherapist. For her contributions to the cultural life in the Bay Area Naomi has received a Tikkun Award, A Millie, and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. A volume containing the oral history of her life and career is now part of the Legacy Collection of The S.F. Performing Arts Museum. She began her Buddhist practice more than 30 years ago.


1 Comment

  1. Amy Mueller
    October 19, 2012

    I’m excited about this event…should be fascinating!

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