Aquarian Minyan Author Series

Thursday, June 22nd,7:30-9:30 pm, Join us as Rabbi Burt presents his newest book, This Precious Moment:The Wisdom of the Ba’al Shem Tov

Doors open at 7pm, light refreshments served
St. John's Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room ♦ 2727 College Ave., Berkeley, CA
$20-$10 contribution to The Aquarian Minyan ♦ No one turned away for lack of funds

 

This Precious Moment offers readers an introduction to the luminous wisdom of the great Jewish mystic and shaman, Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, founder of the 18th century movement for spiritual renewal known as Hasidism. Modern teachers strongly influenced by this spiritual master include Martin Buber, Arthur Green, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Aquarian Minyan and Jewish Renewal movement founder, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. The book presents a distillation of the Ba’al Shem Tov’s teachings on topics including the wonder of the present moment, the quest for inner freedom, the call to transformation, the cultivation of love and compassion, the sweetening of suffering, judgment of others, joyousness, and the path to enlightenment, along with personal reflections on the Ba’al Shem Tov’s insights.

 

About the author: Burt Jacobson helped found The Aquarian Minyan in 1974 and is the Founding Rabbi of Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont,California. He has been a student of the Ba’al Shem Tov for over forty years, and is also the author of There is Only One Love: The Ba’al Shem Tov in the Modern World.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Gramer at ben.gramer@gmail.com or (310) 779-3910.

 

Tuesday, July 18th, 7:30-9:30 pm, Join us as Carol Ruth Silver presents her extraordinary book, Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison

Doors open at 7pm, light refreshments served
St. John's Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room ♦ 2727 College Ave., Berkeley, CA
$20-$10 contribution to The Aquarian Minyan ♦ No one turned away for lack of funds

Arrested as a Freedom Rider in June of 1961, Carol Ruth Silver, a twenty-two-year-old recent college graduate, spent forty days in Mississippi jails, including time in the Maximum Security Unit of the infamous Parchman Prison Farm. She chronicled these experiences on hidden scraps of paper, which she smuggled out and saved for 50 years. Freedom Rider Diary now shares this heretofore untold account, featuring an introduction by historian Raymond Arsenault, author of the definitive history of the Freedom Riders, and interspersed with Carol Ruth’s personal explorations of what led her to join the movement, and how this experience moved her to devote her life and career to fighting for civil rights.

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who bravely rode interstate buses, intentionally violating local segregation policies that continued to be unconstitutionally enforced in southern states.

About the author: Carol Ruth Silver, of San Francisco, California, is a retired lawyer, activist, and former elected official. She currently appears as a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) appraising the U.S. policy of drug prohibition. Since 2002, she has traveled to Afghanistan numerous times to support and promote education, especially of women and girls. As of 2014, she devotes her energy to her pro bono education projects.
For more information, please contact Benjamin Gramer at ben.gramer@gmail.com or (310) 779-3910.