Jay Michaelson: In the Belly of the Beast

Date: Monday, February 13, 2017Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: 510-848-0237 x142Email: rachel.whittom@jcceastbay.org

A Journalist's Perspective on Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts --
and A Meditation Teacher's Perspective on Staying Sane in the Middle of It


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Jay Michaelson works in two fields: as a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast and The Forward, he is part of the nationwide effort to resist the erosion of our democratic ideals. And as a meditation teacher and rabbi, he is committed to teaching transformative practices of happiness. In this special event, Jay will share both perspectives: an insider's look from the front lines of a new political era, and an look inside at how to fully engage without being consumed by rage, hopelessness, or fear.  
Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is a columnist for The Daily Beast and The Jewish Daily Forward newspapers, and a meditation teacher in Buddhist, Jewish, and secular mindfulness contexts. He is the author of six books, most recently The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and the landmark report on the religious exemptions movement, Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights.  Currently an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, Jay holds a Ph.D in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, a JD from Yale Law School, and nondenominational rabbinic ordination.  He was a professional LGBT activist for ten years, and the author of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Amazon bestseller.  Based in New York, Jay now divides his time evenly between writing and teaching. 
Copies of The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path will be available for sale and signing. No credit cards, please.