Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
What makes a place holy? Does it remain so if the people who dedicated it have disappeared from the earth? How does a sacred place transform when it is passed from one religious tradition to another? On his recent sabbatical journey around the world in 85 days, Rabbi Cohon visited 148 of the holiest places sacred to all the great religions--Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Jain, Sikh, BaHai, Druze, aboriginal, Polynesian, Inca, Neolithic, Paleolithic, and others—visiting 20 countries on 6 continents. Learn how holy places are created, what they mean to the people who experience them, what the common elements are, and what is unique in our own experience of holiness of place.
In his initial offering for the Adult Education Academy in the summer of 2015 Rabbi Cohon covered the European portion of his journey, as well as his explorations in Turkey and Egypt. This section will cover the middle portion of his vagabond experiences in three monthly installments, focusing on Israel, India, Japan, and possibly Indonesia. You do not need to have attended the first series, and there is no prerequisite for this class.
Registration Fees: $50 for members; $65 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
February 10, March 15, April 13