Monday, October 29, 2018

10 am
1 event

The Crescent and the Star - The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam

Location: Announced upon registration

From: Mondays, October 15 – December 17, 10:45 am


Taught by Rabbi David Kalb

Jews and Muslims have co-existed, both peacefully and contentiously, for more than a millennium. What do they have in common? What are the sources of tension and conflict? During the first thousand years after the founding of Islam, it was better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than in a Christian country. Only after that period did the relationship between Jews and Muslims deteriorate, particularly in the Middle East. This course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

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7 pm
1 event

End of Life Planning: Customs and Practices of Three Faith Traditions

Location: Main Sanctuary

From: Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm


What do different religious traditions say about how we live life and how we prepare for death? How do we help people consider the quality of life at the end of life, and help to ensure their wishes are communicated to their loved ones?

Join us as we host an interfaith dialogue with three spiritual leaders: our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Reverend Scott Black Johnston, of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Chaplain Tahara Akmal, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Certified Educator at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in Reading, PA. This lively dialogue with spiritual leaders of three faiths will explore the customs, norms, and precepts of their faith traditions regarding the end of life and planning for death. Participants have the opportunity to examine the place of faith, beliefs, and practices at end of life with the support of their own community and religious leaders. For some participants, the conversation raises concerns about being in alignment with what their faith’s precepts prescribe and permit. The dialogue will address some of the most vexing questions of our time.