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In Search of the Baal Shem Tov

In Search of the Wisdom and Legacy of the Baal Shem Tov

The stories, teachings and melodies of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hassidic Judaism, have been at the heart of spiritual Jewish life, across the denominations. This class will be an opportunity to reflect on some of the core teachings and stories of the Baal Shem Tov, and I’ll share my adventures from my recent trip to Ukraine working on a new documentary film to be released later this year (which I narrate), tracing the life and legacy of this great spiritual teacher.

Wednesday, June 22,  7:00 – 9:00 pm, at Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road.

This evening, the director of the documentary gave me a dvd with 10 minutes edited footage of our travels in Ukraine.  Never seen before! Along with the stories and teachings, we will be showing this short movie as well as a slide show.  Look forward to seeing some of you there.

And – while I was in London recently, I had an amazing opportunity to work with my good friend, musician Chani Smith, a TV director and a student film crew in Ealing Studios.  We spent a wonderfully creative day filming three of our favorite Hassidic stories.  They have now been superbly edited and are available to watch.  The links are below.  Enjoy!

The Tree of Life

Fire in the Forest

The Angel of Friendship

Rabbi Marc

Related post: A Journey into the Heart of Ukraine (May 16, 2011)

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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