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Rabbi Niles Goldstein // God at the Edge & Gonzo Judaism

Niles Goldstein was the founding rabbi of The New Shul, an innovative and dynamic synagogue in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, for over a decade (1999-2010) and is now the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley. Rabbi Goldstein has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications, and been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and other national venues, as well as on radio and television. He served as a U.S. Army chaplain and for the last 20 years have worked with the federal law enforcement community. He has a strong interest and experience in interfaith relations, having worked at the Parliament of the World's Religions and the Center for Interfaith Engagement. His passion for adventure travel has taken me from the steppes of Central Asia and Mongolia to the dog mushing trails of Alaska and the Arctic. Rabbi Goldstein lectures and teaches throughout the country and abroad on various topics in the areas of spirituality, religion, leadership and personal growth and has served on the faculty of New York University, Loyola University and Hebrew Union College.

Here is a book about adventure, raw experience, and facing inner demons. Niles Elliot Goldstein is a young rabbi who sets out to find God in tough and often scary situations: dogsledding above the Arctic Circle, taking the Silk Road into Central Asia without a visa, being chased by a grizzly bear, cruising with DEA agents through the South Bronx, and spending a night in jail in New York City's Tombs.

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, founder and Rabbi Emeritus of The New Shul in New York City, says that most conventional Jewish institutions are out-of-touch and have relied too much on nostalgia, guilt, and fear—none of which resonate with modern Jews. He challenges Jews to adopt the “gonzo” spirit—the rebellious, risk-taking attitude associated with the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson—and to take creative, innovative steps to reshape and revitalize contemporary Judaism.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
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964 Pearl St
Napa, CA 94559
God at the Edge: Searching for the Divine in Uncomfortable and Unexpected Places Cover Image
ISBN: 9780609804889
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Published: Harmony - April 24th, 2001

Here is a book about adventure, raw experience, and facing inner demons.

Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590307687
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Published: Trumpeter - March 9th, 2010

Here is a book that is both clarion call for a new Jewish agenda and a blueprint for an adventurous but genuine path toward spiritual growth and religious wisdom.