American Mystics: The Rev. Howard Thurman & Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

February 9, 2019 Acton Free
Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi (Photo: Edis Jurcys)
Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi (Photo: Edis Jurcys)

Howard Thurman and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi met in 1955 at Boston University. Thurman was a leading African-American Baptist preacher and writer; Schachter-Shalomi a young Hasidic rabbi and educator. Over the course of the academic year, they developed an unlikely teacher-student relationship based on a shared passion for prayer and meditation, rooted in similar mystical visions of reality. In time, Schachter-Shalomi emerged as a leading teacher of Jewish mysticism and spirituality in the United States. What drew these men together? Why was their friendship meaningful? What can we learn from the experiences of these early interreligious practitioners?

Part 2 of our 2019 Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Rabbi Or Rose. For more details, visit

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Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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