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Shabbaton: A Journey to Jerusalem

Friday, July 26, 2019 23 Tammuz 5779

All Day for 1 Days

Take a journey with JCOGS to Jerusalem as we welcome back Israel educator Jonathan Golden, PhD. Over the course of Shabbat, Golden will teach and facilitate from the renowned Hartman Institute iEngage curriculum. He will offer a Friday night D'var Torah/sermon, an inspired lecture over a catered dinner, and a Saturday afternoon workshop. Golden is the Israel curriculum coordinator and an American history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Shabbaton Shabbat services + catered meal:  Friday, July 26 6:00pm

D'var Torah/sermon—"Jerusalem Today: The Many Faces of the City of Gold". What meaning does Jerusalem holds for its residents and the world today?
7:30pm Lecture and Q&A over catered dinner—"Historic Jerusalem: Jerusalem of God, Prayer, Peoplehood". Stay and explore the religious and historical significance of Jerusalem with special attention to the impact of 1967.

Please register here for the catered dinner.

Shabbaton Text Study: Saturday, July 27 4:30pm

Discussion and text study—"Future Jerusalem: Jerusalem of Responsibility, Loss, Hope". Look into the future of Jerusalem and how it might navigate the many faces of the city.

More About Dr. Jonathan Golden:

As a member of a Conservative synagogue in his childhood, a Reform community in college, modern Orthodox synagogues in his 20s, and the independent Temple Beth Zion today, Dr. Golden is interested in historical and contemporary questions of Jewish pluralism. His professional career in the world of Jewish pluralism is a natural extension of his educational path.


A graduate of Princeton University, he received his M.J.Ed. from Hebrew College and PhD from Brandeis University. Jonathan was recently recognized as a 2018 Chai in the Hub honoree for his work to better the Greater Boston Jewish Community. He also was the 2007 recipient of Hebrew College’s Sydney Hillson Memorial Award for distinguished leadership and commitment to Jewish education.


He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife Kim and son Sidney.

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