One Land Many Voices on 10/23/09

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Fri, 10/23/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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OLMV's special guest is Rabbi Joey Wolf of Havurah Shalom to continue the discussion of Zionism.


Please join ONE LAND, MANY VOICES hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman as they return to the continuing discussion of Zionism. This week's special guest is Portland Rabbi Joseph Wolf of the Havurah Shalom Congregation. Rabbi Wolf is a member of the national board of Rabbis for Human Rights and serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Committee for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. Join us this Friday at 9:00 AM on Community Radio KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland, 100.7 FM in Corvallis, 91.9 FM in Hood River, and live streaming on the web at To hear past discussions of Zionism, check out OLMV broadcasts for Oct. 24, 2008, and April 24, 2009:
Oct. 24, 2008: Joel Kovol, author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine -
April 24, 2009: Zachary Lockman, New York University Professor of Middle East Studies and History -
Join us this Friday as we continue the discussion of the many meanings and significance of Zionism.
Rabbi Joseph Wolf Biography:
Rabbi Joseph Wolf is the rabbi of Havurah Shalom, a Jewish fellowship that has existed in Portland since 1978, and located itself in Northwest Portland in 1998. The Havurah is a laity-centered congregation, which has refused to endorse the model that clergy chart all spiritual paths for people, and encourages them to be proactive and audacious about Jewish life. It prides itself on broad participation and diversity, as well as responsible social action and accountability to a larger and ever closer world. Rabbi Joey has served Havurah since 1987, and before that was a rabbi for a congregation in Austin, Texas.
He grew up in Boston, and he received his BA from Brandeis University in 1973, his MA and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1979, and an honorary doctorate from that institution in 2005. Additionally, Rabbi Joey also spent two separate years studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, during 1971-2 and 1976-7.
He has served on numerous commissions and boards in the metropolitan Portland area, including an involvement most recently with workers’ rights panels for Jobs With Justice, the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good (a coalition of faith-based communities and labor unions working on healthcare, livable wage and housing issues), and the founding board of Black Parent Initiative. Five years ago, he was a co-founder of a local dialogue group which probed relationships and affinities between Jewish and Muslim and Arab leaders in the community. Joey is also a member of the national board of Rabbis for Human Rights and serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Committee for Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. He participated in one of the original rabbinic cohorts of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In this context, he has invigorated his work to ground Jewish identity in the study of deep texts and intentional spiritual practice.
Rabbi Joey considers it a privilege to serve alongside the vibrant and creative chorus of voices in Havurah, whose ideas – intellectual, spiritual, political – spark his own. In his spare time, he loves to hike, do yoga, meditate, cook, tend the garden, and read and write – and then read some more. He lives in Multnomah Village with his wife and 2 of his 4 children.


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