Lunchtime Study Series at Temple Anshe Amunim

“Gospel Truth” (The Rabbi, The Priest, The Reverend and The Pastor)

Three Sessions of study at Temple Anshe Amunim

Starting on June 28, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

At three lunchtime classes in June and July, Rabbi Josh Breindel will engage three of his Christian colleagues in a series of conversations about their favorite New Testament passages. At each session, a different member of clergy will share how his or her selected text guides  their work; Rabbi Josh will then explore the scripture from a Jewish perspective and open the floor to questions and comments from the participants.

            “The New Testament is one of the most profoundly influential works in the Western canon,” Rabbi Josh said. “But it’s not one that Jews often explore.  My hope is that these discussions will not only help us all to appreciate some of its beauty but also to help participants learn about each other’s spiritual traditions.”

            Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in this unique conversation!  Bring your own lunch; dessert and cold beverages will be provided.

            The first member of the clergy to share a favorite New Testament passage with Rabbi Josh will be Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross (First Baptist Church, Pittsfield) on Wednesday, June 28.  “I’m bringing the story of the Samaritan woman,” Rev. Sholes-Ross revealed. “It’s a powerful passage in that Jesus, a rabbi, was engaging with a woman from a different tradition.  He demonstrated tolerance and respect.  It’s a lesson that we need in the 21st century – a reminder that we must get along together!”

Reverend Sheila Sholes-Ross and Rabbi Josh Breindel


 The second in the series will be Wednesday, July 5 at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor John Nelson (Church on the Hill, Lenox).

Pastor John Nelson and Rabbi Josh

 The third will be Wednesday, July 12 at 12:00 p.m. with Father Michael Bernier (Sacred Heart Church, Pittsfield). 

Father Michael Bernier and Rabbi Josh

Sessions will be held at Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA. Attendance is free for congregants of Temple Anshe Amunim, First Baptist Church, Church on the Hill, and Sacred Heart Church, and $5.00 per session for all others.  Please contact the temple office at (413) 442-5910 for more information.

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