October 2, 2003
Look Who’s Talking
Spiritualists, Dead Sea scholars and psychoanalysts are but a sampling of the varied menu of Jewish speakers that are to make scheduled appearances in Orange County over the next few months.
One of the better known but controversial figures is Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, speaking Oct. 3 and 4 at Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel. Reb Zalman, as he's known, is a Chabad renegade who founded the Jewish Renewal movement in the 1960s. Its tenets are a contemporary take on the central teachings from Hasidism and Jewish mysticism.
The area is awash in opportunities for intellectual enrichment, such as:
"It's gone from a one-month program to a gap-filler," said the program's chairman, Arie Katz, a Newport Beach attorney. "I'm not trying to supplant anyone by bringing programs that are controversial or otherwise not offered. It's meant to challenge people, to take people out of their comfort zone."