Torah and Dharma - Exploring Connections between Judaism and Buddhism
On January 19 join Congregation Knesset Israel for the monthly Shirei Shabbat service, comfortable for infants through nonagenarians, and accompanied by talented musicians and vocalists at 5:30 pm. After the service, you are welcome to dine with friendly folks sharing a delicious Shabbat dinner at 6:30 pm. After dinner, the congregation is delighted to present Rabbi Seth Wax discussing “Torah and Dharma—Exploring Connections between Judaism and Buddhism.”
For over 100 years, Jews in North America have been attracted in significant numbers to the practice of Buddhism. What does this religion offer, and why is it so popular? Rabbi Seth Wax will provide an overview of Buddhism and its unique features. He will explore some of the interesting connections to Judaism, touching on core beliefs and concepts, the role of mindfulness and meditation, and ways in which the two traditions enrich each other.
Rabbi Seth Wax is the Jewish Chaplain at Williams College, succeeding Cantor Robert Scherr. He previously served as rabbi at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, NY. A graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton, MA, he also earned a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School.
All are welcome to participate in the service. Dinner reservations must be made by Wednesday, January 17, 2018 along with $20 for adults, $15 for teens; there is no fee for those below b’nai mitzvah age. Registration can be on-line, at www.knessetisrael.org or at (413) 445-4872 x. 10 or visit the main office in person at 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. For further information, contact Myrna Hammerling, Director of Programming, firstname.lastname@example.org.