Jewish Federation Connecting with Community

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community "Life and Impact of Shabbetai Tzvi"

November 29, 2018 | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Knesset Israel
16 Colt Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community program welcomes Rabbi Barbara Cohen of Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Great Barrington for "False Messiah: The Life and Impact of Shabbetai Tzvi."

Rabbi Cohen will share the fascinating history about a man who gained hundreds of thousands of followers across the Jewish World. In the 17th century, in the wake of mass oppression and the deadly and devastating Chmielnicki Massacres, a personality arose into public consciousness, in Poland and Ukraine, whose impact at first elevated and then destroyed the lives and hearts of hundreds of thousands of people.

Shabbetai Tzvi, a mystic and madman, captured the imaginations and hopes of the people for a Messiah, to deliver them from horrors of their everyday lives.

This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

For More Information

Phone: 413-442-4360, ext. 15
Email: [email protected]
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