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Reclaiming Eden: Three Days of Learning & Spiritual Enrichment

Central Reform Congregation presents

Reclaiming Eden: Three Days of Learning & Spiritual Enrichment

Featuring Activists and Jewish Renewal Pioneers Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis O. Berman

September 20-22, 2019

Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman, 63108

Friday Sept. 20

7:30 pm  Kabbalat Shabbat: Lifting Our Lamps – Lessons Learned from Jewish Texts & Immigration Experiences
Reb Arthur will speak about immigration and refugee status from a Jewish textual and historical perspective. Reb Arthur and Reb Phyllis will share their experiences as activists for asylum seekers on the border and at home in Philadelphia.

Saturday, Sept. 21

12:30 pm  Lunch and Learn: Adventures in Jewish Renewal
Reb Arthur will lead Torah study with a novel approach, and Reb Phyllis will speak about bringing Jewish spirituality to significant life moments that are not (yet) commonly ritualized. Please RSVP to or 314-361-3919 by September 12.
10 pm  S’lichot Service

Sunday, Sept. 22

1-3 pm  Multi-Traditional/Interfaith Gathering: Beyond the Climate Crisis: From the Failure of Eden to Eden Once Again
Friends from all walks of life are invited to this event. Rabbi Waskow, a prolific activist, author, and speaker on the topic, will address climate change and the challenges to our planet from a progressive faith perspective. The program will also include music and other speakers from a variety of vibrant communities.

About the Speakers

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., is the founding director of The Shalom Center and co-founded ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Among his books are Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life. He is also the editor of Torah of the Earth: 4,000 Years of Jewish Thought on Ecology.

Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman is the founding director of the Riverside Language Program, a unique school in New York City for teaching English language and American culture to new immigrants and refugees. She is a leading Jewish Renewal liturgist, author, and storyteller. Rabbis Waskow and Berman are co-authors of Tales of Tikkun: New Jewish Stories to Heal the Wounded World, A Time for Every Purpose under Heaven: The Jewish Life-Spiral as a Spiritual Journey.

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