Event Information
Center for Jewish History Presents
The Rebbe, Charismatic Leadership and the American Spiritual Landscape
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Panel Discussion

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh grand rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic dynasty, emerged as one of the most charismatic and vibrant leaders in modern Jewish religious history. He not only oversaw the expansion of Chabad into a global phenomenon but promulgated an overt—and controversial—messianic enthusiasm. The Rebbe’s activities took place against the dynamic background of religious, spiritual and mystical activity that filtered across the American landscape in the second half of the 20th century, along with other formidable spiritual figures such as the Dalai Lama and self-renewal movements such as Esalen, the uniquely American New Age center for spiritual healing and growth. For the first time, a distinguished panel of scholars will explore and compare the teachings, actions, and compelling visual representations of Rabbi Schneerson with these remarkable individuals and movements in a broad American intellectual and cultural framework. The panel will be moderated by Shaul Magid, Indiana University and will include Maya Balakirsky Katz, Touro College; Anne Carolyn Klein, Rice University; Jeffrey Kripal, Rice University; and Elliot Wolfson, NYU.

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