January Dialogue: Finding Flexibility in our Religious Traditions – How Much is Too Much?
Our next dialogue will be held on Sunday, January 19th, 2020, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church, VA). Â It will be entitled â€œFinding Flexibility in our Religious Traditions â€“ How Much is Too Much?â€
Some people view progressive/liberal religion as an oxymoron, others as an antidote, and still others as a little bit of both. Â In this session, four diverse panelists will share their perspectives on this issue. Â The two Jewish panelists are congregational rabbis who come from very different backgrounds. Â Rabbi Uri Topolosky, the current President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, serves as the rabbi of Kehilat Pardes, a modern-Orthodox Jewish community in Aspen Hill, MD. Â Rabbi Hannah Spiro, rabbi and song leader of the Hill Havurah Congregation in Capitol Hill, was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Â The two Muslim panelists are similarly diverse. Â Imam Mohamed Abdullahi, the imam of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, MD, was born into the Muslim tradition and memorized the entire Qurâ€™an by the age of 11. Â Dr. Margaret Johnson, sociologist and President of the Board of the Ezher Bloom Mosque, is a convert to Islam who has found inspiration from her faith as a woman and a feminist. Â JIDS is very much looking forward to what these four outstanding panelists have to say. Â However, since JIDS is a dialogue society and not a speakersâ€™ bureau, it will as usual reserve plenty of time for participation â€“ not merely questions â€“ from everyone in attendance.