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Is Anything Behind the Curtain? Spirituality in a World Without Promises
a Tish'ah b'Av program with Rabbi Josh Bolton
Monday, July 31 at 8:00 PM
Service & reading of Eicha (Lamentations) after program.
If the temple that stood in Jerusalem was God's dwelling place, how does Jewish spirituality continue to make sense in a world where God's presence has been upended? Guided by this question and by selections from the textual tradition, we will consider two religious narratives: One in which faith is accompanied by a world of certainty and promise. And another in which faith is retained in a world without such promises. The session will include reflective text study and ample time for discussion.
Rabbi Josh Bolton is the Director of the Jewish Renaissance Project at Penn Hillel. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and holds an MFA in poetry from UMass, Amherst. Rabbi Josh and family are proud members of the GJC community. His children include a graduate of and current student in GJC's Early Childhood Program.
Who We Are
The Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC) has been the heart of the Jewish community in Northwest Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs for 75 years. We are a vibrant, pluralistic and egalitarian synagogue located in Mount Airy and committed to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in greater Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Conservative movement and receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism...read more
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