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