Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture:

Six Modern Jewish Thinkers with Dr. David Ariel

Next Event: January 16, 2018 Boston $120.00 0
Sigmund Freud (Photo: 
Ferdinand Schmutzer/Wikimedia Commons)
Sigmund Freud (Photo: Ferdinand Schmutzer/Wikimedia Commons)

This series will explore six figures who have decisively shaped the course of modern Jewish culture: Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism; Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of Revisionist Zionism; Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first chief rabbi of modern Zionism; Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis and Jewish identity theory; Martin Buber, the modern Jewish philosopher; and Abraham Joshua Heschel, the premier American-Jewish philosopher.

David Ariel is president of Ariel Learning, a global Jewish learning organization. He has served as president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford (UK) and as president of Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in Boston, where he teaches in the Me’ah and Open Circle programs sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He also teaches for the American Joint Distribution Committee in eastern Europe; for Kivunim, a gap-year program in Israel; and for Hillel. David Ariel graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish thought and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Jewish studies. He is the author of four books, including “Kabbalah,” “What Do Jews Believe?” and “Spiritual Judaism.”

In partnership with Hebrew College.


Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4 p.m. and on weekends. Parking validation is only good for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge St. Entrance to the underground garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods/CVS) and Au Bon Pain, near the intersection of Blossom St. and Cambridge St. Yellow tickets from the surface lot at Whole Foods cannot be validated.

The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, is Boston’s only landmark historic Jewish building. Today, it serves as a modern-day cultural center and living museum in downtown Boston.

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