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Scholar-in-Residence to talk about Kabbalistic healing, life cycles

Rabbi Joseph P. Schultz Rabbi Joseph P. Schultz Author, storyteller and lecturer Rabbi Joseph P. Schultz will make several presentations on the weekend of Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16 during his stint as the Rabbi Kenneth Bromberg z”l Memorial Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater.

The rabbi is author of The Kabbalistic Journey, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award in the category of religion, and In Search of Higher Wisdom, a finalist in the category of spirituality. Both books have also won other awards.

After a Shabbat dinner on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. Rabbi Schultz will speak on “Stuck in the Elevators of Progress.” He will examine the breakdown of the bridges leading from religion to spirituality and to mysticism and the rise of militant, violent fundamentalist religion. The dinner is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

On Saturday, Nov. 15 at the 9 a.m. Shabbat service he will speak on “Replays in Our Lives.” He will explore the concept of cycles in human life and in history and their relevance for Jewish life today in Israel and in the diaspora.

On Sunday, Nov. 16 after 9 a.m. minyan, in conjunction with the Global Day of Jewish Learning, Rabbi Schultz will speak at 10 a.m. on “Kabbalistic Healing and Mind- Body Medicine.” This is an examination of Kabbalistic healing in the context of Chinese medicine, Hindu Ayurvedic medicine and contemporary-alternative medicine. A breakfast will be offered as part of the program .

A master storyteller, Rabbi Schultz with great clarity interprets and explains the many falsehoods, misperceptions and misunderstandings surrounding today’s culture and our past. Using his personal wisdom and experience and that of the many sources he cites, he takes the reader or listener on the hero’s journey.

Rabbi Schultz served as rabbi for congregations in Brookline, MA, Norwich, CT, and Cambridge, MA, and was one of the founders of the Solomon

Schechter Day School of Greater Boston .

He also founded the Jewish Studies Program at Boston University, where he was assistant professor of religion, and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was Oppenstein Brothers Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies.

He helped establish the Center for Religious Studies in 1996, a consortium of six colleges, theological schools and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, offering an interdisciplinary graduate program for a PhD in religious studies. Rabbi Schultz was its first director.

He received his rabbinic ordination and masters of Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and his doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Rabbi Schultz lives in Massachusetts.

All are invited to attend each of the rabbi’s presentations. Rabbi Schultz’s books, The Kabbalistic Journey: From Religion to Spirituality to Mysticism ($35) and In Search of Higher Wisdom ($25) will be on sale Sunday morning at the synagogue with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Adult Education Fund.

Childcare is available during services and the lectures. Preregistration is required.

RSVPS are required for the Shabbat dinner and Sunday breakfast by Nov. 11 to Tami Wolf in the synagogue, (727) 531-1418.

For more information, contact Beth Shalom or email cbstami@tampabay.

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