Community Scholar Program
Rabbi David Kalb
June 2017 4-part Series
#2 Rock ‘N’ Roll Music & Judaism
Does Rock 'N' Roll music have any place in religious Jewish life? John Lennon of the Beatles, as a solo artist wrote in his classic song "Imagine", "Imagine there's no heaven it's easy if you try". In the same song, he asks the listener to imagine a world without religion. However, could a further look at John Lennon's songs show some deeply spiritual messages, that resonate with Judaism. Bruce Springsteen is not Jewish. He is Irish, Italian Catholic. However, could there be some Stein in Bruce Springsteen? Could there be powerful ideas contained in Bruce Springsteen's music, that are parallel to many Jewish concepts? The members of the Grateful Dead, do not seem like nice Jewish boys (one member of the band actually is Jewish). Is it possible that their music jives and jams with Judaism? Join us and learn the Jewish take on these and other Rock N' Roll musicians and their music.
$36 per person for the - part series,*$10 per person for each individual event (free to CSP 5778 Members: with reservations by June 2, 2017)
4-Part Rabbi Kalb Series includes:
#1 Joseph: Beyond the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -Sunday June 4, 2017 at 7:15 – 8:30 PM
#2 Rock ‘N’ Roll Music & Judaism - Monday June 5, 2017 at 12:15 – 1:15 PM
#3 The Controversy over Conversion & Some Potential Solutions -Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 7:15 – 8:30 PM
#4 Critique vs the Degradation & Devaluation of Leadership in Judaism - Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 12:15- 1:15 PM
David Kalb is the Rabbi of the Jewish Learning Center of New York where he is responsible for the creative, educational, spiritual and programmatic direction of the organization. He serves as a teacher and a guide to students who are pursuing conversion. He is an Associate Faculty member of CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Rabbi Kalb was on the educational advisory board of the WNET/BBC documentary 'The Story of the Jews.' Previously he was the Director of Learning and Innovation at Central Synagogue and the first Orthodox Rabbi to serve in a sr-level position at a major Reform congregation. Kalb served as the Director of Jewish Education at 92nd Street Y and his lecture circuit includes the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the Wexner Alumni of Metro North NJ, the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning Kollel at HUC, Samuel Bronfman Fdn. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, NY Jewish Week, JTA, and the Jerusalem Report. Rabbi Kalb received his B.A. through the Joint Program between Columbia University and JTS; his rabbinic ordination is from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat.
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)