On April 26, Rabbi Marc Soloway’s personal Rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg will come to Bonai Shalom to speak about two books he has written, “Things My Dog Has Taught Me About Being A Better Human” and “My Dear Ones, One Family, and the Final Solution”.
From 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm we’ll have a book discussion and Canine Communion/ Blessing of the Dogs with Rabbis Marc Soloway and Jonathan Wittenberg. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but please be responsible for your pet. Rabbi Wittenberg will discuss his book, A dog’s guide to life — how to be a kinder, compassionate, more mindful and wiser human being. Rabbi Wittenberg became a dog owner at the age of thirty and rapidly learned that the four-legged silent type has much to teach us if we are willing to listen, to make us better human beings both in our homes as well as in our society.
From 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Rabbi Wittenberg will discuss his book. Growing up in the safety of Britain, Jonathan Wittenberg was deeply aware of his legacy as the child of refugees from Nazi Germany. Yet, like so many others there is much he failed to ask while those who could have answered his questions were still alive. After burying their aunt Steffi, Jonathan, now a rabbi, accompanies his cousin Michal as she begins to clear the flat in Jerusalem where the family has lived since fleeing Germany in the 1930s. Inside an old suitcase abandoned on the balcony, they discover a linen bag containing a bundle of letters left untouched for decades. Jonathan’s attention is immediately captivated as he tries to decipher the faded writing on the long-forgotten letters. They eventually draw him into a profound and challenging quest to uncover the painful details of his father’s family’s history.
About the Author – Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow, a child of refugees from Nazi Germany. He grew up in London, studied at Cambridge and is currently rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK. He is especially committed to interfaith understanding and pastoral care. He is a regular broadcaster and lives in North London with his wife and children.