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The Jew in the Lotus – 25 Years After the Journey

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7 pm

Award-winning poet, author, and teacher Rodger Kamenetz joins us 25 years after the historic Jewish-Buddhist dialogue he chronicled in The Jew in the Lotus, the story of rabbis making a holy pilgrimage to meet with the Dalai Lama.

In conversation with Dr. Jay Michaelson, columnist for the Forward and author of The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment.

Dessert reception with book sale and signing to follow.  Books available for purchase in the Museum Store are listed below. 

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Rodger Kamenetz is an award-winning poet, author, and teacher. His eleven books include the international best-seller, The Jew in the Lotus, which became a PBS documentary. The New York Times called it a "revered text" and it is now in its 35th printing.  The sequel, Stalking Elijah, received the National Jewish Book Award. The History of Last Night's Dream introduced a new approach to dreamwork and was featured on Oprah's Soul Series. Burnt Books, his dual biography of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav and Franz Kafka was published in the distinguished Jewish Encounters series. His six books of poetry include The Missing Jew, The Lowercase Jew, and To Die Next To You. At Louisiana State University, he served as Professor of English and Religious Studies and was founding director of the MFA Program in creative writing and the Jewish Studies program. He held the Sternberg Honors Chair and was an LSU Distinguished Professor. He lives in New Orleans where he guides clients in the use of dreams for spiritual direction. For more information please visit

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is Affiliated Assistant Professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, and author of The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path, Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment, and other books. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast and the Forward, and has been included on the "Forward 50" list of influential American Jews.  Jay is also a rabbi and a meditation teacher in a Theravadan Buddhist lineage, and co-directs the Elat Chayyim Meditation Retreat. Additionally, he spent a decade as a professional LGBT activist, founding two Jewish LGBT organizations, and supporting the work of LGBT activists worldwide.  He holds a PhD in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from Columbia. For more information please visit

Further reading from the Museum Store
Rodger Kamenetz - Burnt Books
Rodger Kamenetz - The Jew in the Lotus

Event type:Books & Writers, Lectures & Discussions