Jewish Spirituality Series


Have you ever described yourself as          “Spiritual, But Not Religious”?                     However you identity your path, come join us           for a groundbreaking series of discussions as

presents its


         Jewish Spirituality Series

Sponsored by Temple Israel and           Florida International University's Program in the Study of Spirituality,    the series features the following internationally-recognized authorities and practitioners:

Rabbi Arthur Green: “Spirituality for a New Era”

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 9:30 AM

For eons, Judaism’s primary task has been to repair the world. How have we done? Green presents a bold reassessment of our successes, our failures, and why a radically new approach to Jewish spirituality is needed.  

Rabbi Arthur Green, named one of "America's Top 50 Rabbis in 2012" by Newsweek magazine, is Rector of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University. He was Dean and President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College from 1984 to 1993. The author of several books, including Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition, Green’s most recent work is Hasidic Spirituality for a New Era.

Dr. Nathan Katz: “Contemporary Global Spirituality

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:00 PM

According to a recent Pew study, more and more Americans describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." What does this claim mean? What is spirituality, and can it truly be separated from religion? From historical, psychological and neuroscientific perspectives, Katz answers with an emphatic "Yes." Hear why.

Dr. Nathan Katz, who has studied with and brought the Dalai Lama to Miami three times, is the author of 15 books including National Jewish Book Award finalist Who Are the Jews of India? and memoir Spiritual Journey Home. The recipient of four Fulbright research and teaching awards, he was selected as a delegate to the 1990 Tibetan-Jewish dialogue hosted by the Dalai Lama and reported in the best-selling book, The Jew in the Lotus. Katz is a Florida International University Research Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, Academic Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and Director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality.  



Dr. Alan Morinis: "The Spiritual Path of Mussar"

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:00 PM

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish body of teachings, a perspective, and a disciplined practice. Each of us has a uniquely personal spiritual path, and Mussar shows us the way. Learn what Mussar is, how you can live more effectively for yourself and others, and reach the highest potential of who you are. Rhodes Scholar, anthropologist, filmmaker, author and founder of the Mussar Institute, Dr. Alan Morinis will share his passion for Mussar and introduce us to this ancient set of Jewish tools for living a more spiritual, fulfilling and character-driven life.

A student of spiritual traditions, Morinis is an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of Mussar and regularly gives lectures and workshops. Raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied anthropology on a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, which published his first book, Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition. Although he took a deep journey into Hindu and Buddhist thought and practice, for the past decade Mussar has been his passion, as reflected in his more recent books, Climbing Jacob’s Ladder and Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar.



Rabbi Rami Shapiro: "Amazing Chesed"

Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ask most Jews if grace is a central concept in Judaism and an essential element in living Jewishly, and, chances are, their answer will be no. But that’s the wrong answer, Shapiro argues, as he draws from many facets of Jewish wisdom to answer that question in the affirmative.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. An award-winning author, poet, liturgist, and essayist, his books include The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness and his most recent, Amazing Chesed: Living a Grace-Filled Judaism. Rabbi Rami's prayers are included in worship services across the denominational spectrum of American congregations. Known locally as founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Miami, he has served spiritual communities worldwide.

            All programs are open to the community                                             and free of charge.

For more information about Temple Israel’s Jewish Spirituality Series, contact the Temple office at 305.573.5900 or