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Dancing with Fire: The Hasidic Masters

Tuesday, June 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The great Mexican chef Enrique Olvera says that Mexico is rich with poverty. When people have nothing to eat, they have to eat nothing and everything; they have to make something strange taste wonderful. Hasidut is a theology of poverty; a theology of suffering, of deprivation. Hasidut is a theology that sees miracles in the dirt; God – in a falling shack; redemption in the heart of despair, joy in the darkness of exile. In this sense, Hasidut shares similar origins with Christianity – the sibling religion born to a despairing people in the Galilee, a people who have lost their freedom, their place in the world, their very means to earn a living; a religion focused on a suffering Messiah who not only dies in agony – he dies mostly unrecognized by his own people. It is important to keep these things in mind as we begin dancing with the Hasidic masters, as we venture into a world of time-travelers and miracle workers, of reincarnated souls, of portentous dreams, and visiting angels. In a series of four meetings, we will learn what propelled the Jewish revolution of the 18th century as it swept through Eastern Europe and changed the Jewish religious landscape forever. We will encounter the great Hasidic masters, hear their stories, share their wisdom, and open our hearts with their music.


Born in Israel to American parents, Danny Maseng first came to the United States to star on Broadway in ‘Only Fools Are Sad.’ A playwright, actor, singer and composer, Danny has served as Evaluator of New American Plays/Opera-Musical Theater for the National Endowment for the Arts, as the Director of the Spielberg Fellowships for the FJC, as Spiritual Leader of URJ congregation Agudas Achim in NY and as Cantor of Temple Israel of Hollywood in California. Danny is most excited to now be the Chazzan and Spiritual Leader of Makom LA, a newish,Jewish, dynamic, post-denominational community, in Los Angeles. Danny’s critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical ‘Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz: The Musical Journey of a Jewish Soul,’ along with his innovative ‘Soul on Fire’ and ‘Let There Be Light’ productions, are just three exciting projects that have earned Danny accolades. Danny is also one of the most popular and respected composers of contemporary Liturgical and Synagogue music. He has been the invited guest of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantor’s Assembly, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His compositions are sung worldwide, with a recent Disney Hall appearance by the renowned Pink Martini, who performed Danny’s Elohai N’tzor, and a Carnegie Hall premiere of his ‘Bring on the Light’ by the New York Youth Chorus. Danny has been the Patron Artist of the Avraham Geiger School for Cantorial Arts in Berlin, Germany. Danny’s essays, writings and poems, have been included in recent books by leading Jewish rabbis and scholars, including ‘Naming God’ by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, ‘Jewish Men Pray’ by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, and ‘A Dream of Zion’ by Rabbi Jeff Salkin. Danny has been featured in a number of documentary films including the popular ‘Hava Nagila,’ and ‘The Other Men in Black.’ Danny has had a long and celebrated career with appearances on television (Law and Order), Broadway, and film. His books include the novel ‘Apollonia’, ‘The Passion, the Beauty, the Heartbreak:The History of Israel Through Music and Poetry’, ‘Spiritual Cooking in the Time of the Plague.’ Danny has also created ‘Black Milk,’ an Oratorio about poet Paul Celan. Danny has been a faculty member for major organizations including Limmud, JCM, Elat Chayyim, The Wexner Heritage Foundation, and is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue. A much sought-after Scholar/Artist-in-Residence, Danny travels the world, inspiring, teaching, and rekindling the love of Judaism through Torah, Hassidut, Jewish Culture, and the Arts.

There is no fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is held virtually on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. For more information, contact Program Director Ilene Tatro at itatro@cbisd.org.

CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, CA, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)


Tuesday, June 28
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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