Rebirthing America

VIDEO: Gloria Steinem & Reb Arthur Waskow, "What 80 Looks Like," Nov 3, 2013

This video comes from “This is What 80 Looks Like!” — the event which honored Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Gloria Steinem on Nov 3, 2013, as they approached their 80th birthdays. These portions of the event feature Gloria and Reb Arthur discussing our current time.

Gloria likens the United States today to the moment of heightened danger faced by a battered woman escaping the house of her abuser on the way to freedom. Reb Arthur follows with his analogy of this time as an earthquake in which we have three choices. Which will we choose?

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VIDEO: Reb Arthur Waskow introduced by Rabbi David Saperstein, Nov 3 2013

This video comes from  “This is What 80 Looks Like!” — the event which honored Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Gloria Steinem on Nov 3, 2013,  as they approached their 80th birthdays. Reb Arthur, founder and director of The Shalom Center, was introduced by Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, who was recently named the most influential rabbi in America. 

This video has the full Introduction by Rabbi Saperstein. A front-page article about the event in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent reported some of its highlights:

“With the 1969 publication of Waskow’s Freedom Seder, the entire course of contemporary Jewish liturgical writing was altered.  Waskow’s take on the Seder completely reimagined a traditional text and raised urgent moral issues by focusing on the struggles of African-Americans.

“He has had a profound impact on the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements and it is time — and then some — that he be acknowledged.”


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Heschel-King Festival - Mishkan Shalom Jan 2013 Invitation

The Heschel-King Festival sponsored by Mishkan Shalom synagogue will celebrate the meaning for us today of the collaboration between Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr. which occurred 40 years ago.  In this brief video, Reb Arthur introduces related key points.

VIDEO: Radicals, Radishes, and the Spiritual Root of Social Action

Reb Arthur talks with Rev. Joan Brown Campbell at the Chautauqua Institition about personal, political, and spiritual radicalism —  demonstrating the connection between them in our lives, in Torah, midrash, and more.  “Radishes” and “radicals” are from the Latin root for “root.” What are our roots today? Are they again in spiritual traditions? On colorful video, 1 hour 11 minutes of joyful and prophetic conversation.

April 2011--Mixing Memory, Desire, & Action

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center addresses supporters of freedom, social justice, and healing for the Earth, linking the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the actions on April 4 surrounding the commemoration of his death, and the  celebrations this year of Passover, Palm Sunday, and Earth Day.

Tony Kushner Interview at Shalom Awards

Award-winning documentarian Ilana Trachtman interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner on the occasion of their receiving The Shalom Center's Prophetic Voices awards on April 25, 2010.

This interview took place at Congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia, PA.

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