One day a Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. Looking out of his window and across the street at one of the hundreds of churches in Atlanta, he wonders what energizes Christianity. So begins Benyamin Cohen’s hilarious journey – part memoir, part spiritual quest, and part anthropologist’s mission. Among Cohen’s many adventures (and misadventures): jumping into the mosh-pit at a Christian rock concert, seeing his face projected on the giant JumboTron of an African-American megachurch,visiting a potential convert with two young Mormon missionaries, attending a Christian “professional wrestling” match, and waking up early for a sunrise Easter service on top of Stone Mountain — a Confederate memorial and former base of operations for the KKK.
Benyamin Cohen is the son of an Orthodox rabbi who married the converted daughter of a former Christian minister. He was the founder and editor of the award-winning national magazine American Jewish Life and the online magazine Jewsweek, and he has written for the Daily Beast and Slate. Prior to that he edited Torah from Dixie, thoughts on the weekly Bible portion, which was later turned into a book by the same name. He is now the content director for the Mother Nature Network, an environmental news network. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two dogs. Click here to read an excerpt from “My Jesus Year.”
Cohen will be in Boulder Saturday, November 7, 7 pm at the Boulder JCC, 3800 Kalmia to speak about his book, My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith. This program is co-sponsored by Allied Jewish Federation’s Boulder Division. $8 for Boulder JCC members, $10 for guests.
The Festival of Books and Culture is sponsored by Menorah, BoulderJCC Library, BoulderJCC Shalom Family, Shalom Baby, MoVeRs, Jewish Book Council, 18 Pomegranates, Rose Community Foundation, SCFD, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and ADL.