To Build a Brave Space: The Making of a Spiritual First Responder

Friday, February 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Over a vegetarian dinner, Rabbi Dara will lead a discussion with Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz about his new book To Build a Brave Space, a memoir takes the reader on one rabbi’s journey of self-discovery and intellectual evolution—from a free-spirited liberal teenager to the leader of a large suburban congregation, through several national and global crises and countless personal experiences. In the author’s own words: “This book is a reflection on where I came from and how I got to my current place as the Senior Rabbi of a Temple, B’nai Jeshurun of Short Hills, NJ. Not only have I grown and changed professionally from my early days of rabbinical school, but my philosophy on how to lead a community and how to bring people together during trying times has evolved over many years of trial and error. My hope is to inspire other clergy and people in general to find a way to help their communities thrive, even during our current climate of fractured politics and overt hostility among one another.”